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Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)

On October 15, 1990 with 25 students on the postgraduate “Audiovisual Media” diploma course; 1994 expansion of the course offering to include the undergraduate “Audiovisual Media” diploma course; since 2004 doctoral programme; 2010 renaming of the two diploma courses to “Media and Fine Art”

As „talent factory“, „an art college of new type“, as „electronic Bauhaus“, "bird of paradise", „experiment without successful guarantee“ and also as „unbeloved child“ of the Cologne man-made cultural landscape began the art college in 1990. But first above all it was connected with closing the former Kölner Werkschule (Cologne Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, formely Cologne Arts and Craft Schools, 1926)  and with it with the loss of the education in „free art“ and at the „end of the printed word.

The KHM began in 1990 with 25 students for the further qualifying certificate study „Audio-Visual Media“. In 1994 there was an enlargement of the study offer around the basic-constant certificate study „audio-visual media“; the first year had 40 students. Since 2004 there is the doctorate programme. In 2010 both certificate courses of studies were renamed as „Media Arts“. In 2017 the KHM opened a new course specialization in "Literary writing“.

Today the KHM is firmly and successfully part of Germany's Art and Film Academies. It has remained true to their project-related statements (a general care by professors, no master classes, Diplomas in basic as well as in postgradual studies) which at the end it produces individualistic "cross over talents" between art, media, film and science.

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