If you did not obtained your higher education entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad, you must go through the same multi-stage admission procedure as all applicants. A description of the procedure and the application requirements can be found under the link Application. Submission requirements for an application are detailed on our application checklist.
 
Foreign certificates and language skills
Additional information for applicants who completed their education abroad.

How should foreign certificates be submitted?

General or subject-related higher education entrance qualification (for undergraduate courses):
- Submit a certified copy of a university entrance qualification in the original language (may consist of multiple components and include a university admissions examination)
- Submit a certified translation of the university entrance qualification (certificates in English do not require translation)
University certificates (for all degree courses):
- Submit certified copies of all university certificates, degree certificates and, if available, diploma supplements in the original language and in translation (if required, see above).
 
Please note that for an official application, all translations must be done by an official translator that is accredited by the German Foreign Office.
 
Who must submit a language certificate?

German is the language of instruction in all programs at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.
A certificate demonstrating your German language abilities is not a prerequisite if you wish to enroll in the following courses: Fine Arts, Architecture and Arts (MA), Visual Design and Therapy. However, you must speak enough German to pass the practical and oral tests.

If you wish to enroll in Art Education (First State Exam) or Interior Design (BA and MA), you must demonstrate German language abilities with a level that corresponds to level four (B2) on the six-level scale of competence stated in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Possible language Tests are:
- DSH 2: Certificate confirming the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), at level „1“
- Goethe Certificate C2: GDS Goethe-Institut (from 2012); Kleines/Großes Sprachdiplom (until 2011)
- TEST DAF 4: Certificate Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache with level 3–4 in all four skill areas
- Language certificate from the Kultusministerkonferenz der Länder der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Level II
 
Recognition of foreign certificates and diplomas
 
Your graduating certificate may or may not automatically qualify you to begin a degree course at a German university. The recognition of foreign certificates and diplomas is done by the Admissions Office of the Academy as part of the admissions procedure. The Admissions Office reserves the right to require a recognition notification from the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern (ZASt) in individual cases, without being required to state reasons.
 
Preliminary certificate assessment (January through April)
 
As an additional service, we offer the option to have your foreign certificates and diplomas checked in advance between January and April. This is recommended but not mandatory. For a preliminary certificate assessment, please send the following documents to Kristin Brunner (sekretariat@adbk.mhn.de):
 
Undergraduate courses – Bachelor’s in Interior Design, State Examination for Art Education and honorary Diploma (in-house award) Fine Arts

- Academic career (a tabular list of all schools you have visited since your first school enrollment, with entrance dates and the number of years you studied at each school)
- Copies and translations of higher education certificates that confirm your higher education entrance qualification
and if applicable:
- Copies of Bachelor’s or diploma certificates
- Copies of a Transcript of Records or Diploma Supplement
 
Graduate courses – Master’s in Interior Design, Master’s in Architecture and Art

- Academic career (a tabular list of all schools you have visited since your first school enrollment, with entrance dates and the number of years you studied at each school)
- Copies of Bachelor’s or diploma certificates
- Copies of a Transcript of Records or Diploma Supplement
- Please note that we will ask for certificates of secondary education if they are necessary for the certificate assessment.
 
The preliminary certificate assessment may take some time but we will contact you as soon we have reviewed all materials.
 

Effective (December, 2017).