Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg - Studies
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Do we need theatre? Is art really essential to human existence? How would reality feel if we cut out the dreaming, playing, fiction, phantasy, reflexion, the shared experience? How real would we be then?

ADK teaches theatre by acting, producing, trying out and engaging. It stands for the courage to face new challenges through an art form that dates back thousands of years. It stands for the need to confront our past and above all our complex present. It believes in giving people and itself space.


Adrienne Goehler, who took part in our symposium »Art.Culture.Sustainability«, held to mark ADK’s 10th anniversary, writes that sustainability is impossible without aesthetics. In other words, art plays a decisive role in how we shape the social fabric. And there lies the enormous responsibility we all bear when we choose to work in the theatre and to make performing art our tool for communicating with people.

Theatre and art appeal to the senses. They create a shared space for experience where exploring social patterns and structures generates insights and helps us to understand. But just as the world is constantly changing, so too theatre is engaged in a constant quest for new techniques, content and narratives. Today’s actors, directors, dramaturgs, and stage and costume designers must be equipped to handle much more than the traditional civic or national theatres with their standard repertoire. Awaiting them out there is a huge, free production market where there are few boundaries.

That is why training for the performing arts covers a broad spectrum: students must both acquire the crafts and professional skills to meet the demands of their chosen discipline, and at the same time respond to the diversity of a genre that is constantly expanding. At the heart of this quest is the authorial stance of the actor or director. The goal of our teaching is to develop artists and dramaturgs who have their own opinions, can take their own decisions and approach what they do with confidence.
You will come across different directors, well-known and unknown writers, texts and rhizomes, music, dance, film and media art, fine art and political issues; you will also encounter unbending executives and managers, brilliant but exhausting, even maddening colleagues, great classical minds but also rebels and illusionists, realism and surrealism, the trendy and the anachronistic, and of course, again and again, the audience – inquisitive, rapturous or hostile. You will be confronted with worlds of every shape and size and called upon to convey them to the senses, reflect them, create an artistically charged, haptic experience out of them and interpret them aesthetically – always to the highest standards. Training for the theatre of our day will be your opportunity to acquire vital practical insights, develop talents, perfect your skills and hone your techniques. It will allow you to fail and pick yourself up again. It will enable you to search for the impossible and put it into practice.

The campus in Ludwigsburg provides a unique opportunity for this broad-based training thanks to lively cooperation with its other residents, the Film Academy, its Institute of Animation and the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, not to mention Stuttgart’s Academy of Art and Design and the University of Education. Interdisciplinary and project-based collaboration is central to this course and encourages the early formation of artistic partnerships. Close links with theatres and cultural institutions nearby expand this potential and permit an abundance of practical experience. It is crucial for students to come into contact with the diversity and particularities of different types of theatre and artistic expression if they are to experience the stage as a place where social processes are dissected, analysed and exposed, and where utopias can be invented and acted out. By sharpening our critical gaze, we drill down to the core of human life: fathoming the world in all its complexity, variety, nuances, depths, imponderables and marvels, and presenting these with resources befitting our times – telling stories about what was, is and might yet be.
Above all it takes curiosity, exposing yourself to the unknown with an open mind. Acknowledging, enduring, evaluating, carrying on as you founder, grapple, succeed – and maintaining your stance as you state and show what your art inevitably demands.


Stage & Costume Design

The dual course in Stage & Costume Design at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (ABK) is unique in Germany and is run in close cooperation with the ADK. The five-year training leads to an academic degree, the German Diplom, in Stage & Costume Design. Students begin their course with a general training in the arts and are able to draw on a wide range of classes and workshops at the Stuttgart Academy alongside students from the other liberal arts. After this foundation course lasting two semesters, they move onto a specialist course in Stage & Costume Design.
During this phase, students tackle semester projects to create scenery and costumes for stage plays and operas. This creative work is accompanied by classes on theatre theory and history, applied theatre studies, art history, and the history of costumes and styles, as well as seminars in dramaturgy and other courses including film set design, technical drawing and theatre law.
In their final semester, students again engage in practical exercises, providing the sets and costumes for stage plays, short films and art performances. During this period, they can opt to join projects at ADK or at the Film Academy of Baden-Württemberg. They can make use of the Theatre Tower and a costume workshop in Ludwigsburg or an experimental theatre with its own stage workshop in Stuttgart. Contributing the scenic elements for stage productions involving students of Directing, Dramaturgy and Acting plays a key role at this point, as it is not unusual for the working relationships forged during these ventures to continue into professional life after graduation.

Study information

Study time

Start of semester    23rd of September 2019
Campus opening    23rd of September 2019

Winter semester     23rd of September 2019 – 29th of February 2020
Summer semester 30th of March 2020 – 26th of July 2020

Semester break 1st of March –  29th of  March 2020

National holidays:

3rd of October 2019  Anniversary of German unification
1st of November 2019  All Saints’ Day
22nd of December 2019 –  5th of January 2020   Christmas holidays
10th of April 2020  Good Friday
13th of April 2020  Easter Monday
1st of May 2020  1st May Holiday
21st of May 2020  Ascension Day
01st of June 2020  Whit Monday
11th of June 2020  Corpus Christi

Campus Magazine / Course Catalogue

Our annual campus magazine informs about the ADK and its studies as Acting, Directing and Dramaturgy, the university internal events, the teachers and many more.

The course catalogues can be found at the respective courses of study. They are the basis of planning with an overview of the classes as well as functioning as foundation for the study documents.


Students service

Petra Kerstan
Jommelli-Haus Raum 2.06
Phone +49 7141 – 30996 – 21

Course of study Acting

Head of course: Benedikt Haubrich
Tutor 1st year  of study: Antje Siebers
Tutor 2nd year  of study: Wulf Twiehaus
Tutor 3rd year  of study: Peter Eckert
Tutor 4th year of study: Martin Maria Blau, Benedikt Haubrich (deputy)

Academic office: Dr. Claudia Wolf, claudia.wolf@adk-bw.de

Course of study Directing

Head of course: Ludger Engels
Tutor 1st year of study: Ludger Engels
Tutor 2nd year of study: Thomas Zielinski
Tutor 3rd year of study: Christina Rast
Tutor 4th year of study: Christof Nel

Academic office: Norman Schock, norman.schock@adk-bw.de

Course of study Dramaturgie

Head of course and tutor: Jens Groß
Deputy: Elisabeth Schweeger
»Theater bei Tageslicht« Tom Stromberg

Academic office: Julia Klaas,  julia.klaas@adk-bw.de

Student life

Finding a flat

The Studierendenwerk Stuttgart and the student service at ADK are helping you by finding a flat. More information via Living in Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg

Conflict management | Psychological support

Petra Kucher-Sturm and Rainer Sturm, the diploma psychologists of Studentenwerk Stuttgart, are supporting you with your personal and interpersonal problems, for example

  • Problems with your studies
  • Problems with your job
  • Problems with time management
  • Problems with motivation
  • Exam nerves or other fears
  • Restlessness, exhaustion or sleep disorders
  • Depressive moods or depression
  • A lack of self-esteem
  • Find it hard to make friends or socialize
  • Problems with your partner or family

The discussions are absolutely confidential: our psychologists are subject to secrecy. Moreover, the consultations are free of charge and you usually receive an appointment within two weeks.

Since e-mail communication with Studierendenwerk Stuttgart is not encrypted, we cannot guarantee confidentiality for the information you e-mail to us!

Office address
Studierendenwerk Stuttgart
Psychotherapeutische Beratung
Rosenbergstraße 68
70174 Stuttgart

+49 711 / 95 74-480 /-482

You can make use of the psychotherapeutic counselling and conflict management at the ADK by Angelika Niermann. Registration at the students service: petra.kerstan@adk-bw.de  or  by phone: +49 7141 30996 21

Meal vouchers

Meal vouchers are available at the vending machine opposite of the entrance of Film Academy for € 3. Meal vouchers are only provided for enrolled students. For the verification of the entitlement the student card has to be held at the red button at the vending machine. For the payment you need an EC card of your current account. The requested contribution will be debited from your EC card. The maximum amount of 30 meal vouchers can be bought monthly (x € 3 = € 90).
They can be redeemed at »Blauer Engel«, »Joe Penas« and »Sultan« (Seestraße 9).


The AStA (short in German for Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss, General Students Committee) consists of a group of students at the ADK and is elected by the student assembly. It has the duty of a mediator between concerns of the students and the management of the ADK, to question and improve the structure and teaching at ADK.

Representatives of the AStA:

Fariborz Rahnama, deputy Tabea Mewis
Nils Müller, deputy Luisa Krause
Henning Mittwollen, deputy Jannik Süselbeck
Simon Kluth, deputy Sarah Palarczyk

Linda Bockmeyer, deputy Jonas Arndt
Jannik Graf, deputy Jule Bökamp
Felix Bieske, deputy Anais Durand-Mauptit
Rafael Ossami Saidy

Sarah Charlotte Becker, deputy Nina Dahl
Sophia Bock, deputy Lena Meyerhoff

Contact asta@adk-bw.de
(Status as of winter semester 2019|20)

Examinations regulations

Examinations office

Norman Schock
Phone: +49 7141 / 30 99 6 – 22
E-Mail: norman.schock@adk-bw.de

Tuition fee

The state of Baden-Württemberg has not been charging tuition fees since the summer semester 2012.

As of the winter semester 2017|18, international students who come from outside the EU for the purpose of studying will make a contribution of € 1.500 per semester. For the second degree, € 650 are charged per semester

Informations for educational support BAFöGhere (in German)

Each semester a contribution of  € 113,40  for the Studierendenwerk and an administration and AStA fee of 25.- is mandatory.

Informations of Studierendenwerkes Stuttgart
see here: www.studierendenwerk-stuttgart.de/en

To Apply

Dear applicants,

welcome to our website. We are delighted in your interest for our courses of study.

For all informations on application for the winter semester 2020|21, process and link for the Online Registration, please see the different studies:


For further questions, please contact the Academic Office.
Contact: Phone +49 7141 / 30 99 6 – 22, (studienbuero@adk-bw.de)

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