One unique feature of the KhK is the large number of study workshops, 14 in total, with a wide variety of offerings in the form of courses, workshops, seminars, and projects. The spectrum ranges from technologies that can be experienced haptically up to digital design and production methods, opening up a wide range for students to develop their own artistic themes, to make proposals, and to do research. Experimentation is both analog and digital, giving rise to physical and virtual artistic works, ideas, designs, and concepts that are collectively worked out, filed, and programmed.
The area of printing and paper brings together the traditional reproduction technologies of screen printing, lithography, and gravure printing, facilitating training in inspiring working processes of individual artistic practice and unique own creative positions. In the study workshop Book and Paper, paper and book design can be learned, and this knowledge can be broadened in thematic courses about the artistic engagement with these media. The FabLab for Digital and Analog Printing interweaves these areas in diverse ways.
Hands-on work and usage of a wide variety of machines and equipment is possible in our workshops. A wide variety of material can be treated here—wood, metal, plastic, textiles, and ceramics–and various techniques can be applied. Computer-supported machines such as looms, knitting machines, or water jet cutters are also available, as are pressing equipment for treating plastic or different machines for woodworking.
Ultimately the study workshops are digital, their core is determined by digital working processes. Photography and typography are featured here from traditional development, more recent additions include digitalpool and digital 3D technologies. Here you can find computer pools, sound studios, makerspaces, and an extensive collection of technological devices for loan, alongside metal type and digital typeface design. Parametric design methods and taught and researched, and there is a well-equipped photo studio a next to a lively FabLab with 3D printers, lasers, and CNC milling machines.
The study workshops are closely interlinked and work together at a variety of levels—including with subject fields from the Kunsthochschule and the university. They integrate their own projects into research, artistic development, and teaching, expanding the opportunities for students to establish contact through cooperative exchange with other art schools or figures from the private sector.