Klasse Digitale Grafik

Omnipresent digital forms mingle with artifacts from the past, forming a constantly branching network – an evanescent visual cloud.

In spite of this, we take digital surfaces as something naturally, as a self-evident tool and daily companion — in the absence of any knowledge of their authorship, economies, and algorithms.

Against this backdrop, the Digitale Grafik class explores the integrity of modern technologies and conceives visual models in the context of culture and digital possibilities. The class represents an endeavor to emancipate ourselves from existing tools, beaten visual tracks and to break up the confectionery of visual templates. The approach is based on strong dialogues between the online world and our fields of activities as self-reflected designers. It is an on going feedback loop between society, network politics and the visual as necessary points of interests where students create websites, applications, and media installations, as self-chosen artistic projects or in tasks related to contemporary issues.

To reach these goals, we invite relevant artists, designers and thinkers on a regular basis to the class as guest critics and offer workshops on topics that concern us and the digital world we live in.

Winter 2021/2022

Project Never Ready — A congress on the visuality of the internet

Project Mining Photography — A project with MKG Hamburg

Workshop Typografie Klasse (HGB Leipzig) × Klasse Digitale Grafik (HFBK Hamburg)

Workshop Call to Interaction w/ Liebermann Kiepe Reddemann


The class is integrated in the department Graphic Art / Typography / Photography and offers an eight semester bachelor plus a four semester master. The bachelor program consists of two semesters in fundamentals and six semesters in the class where workshops, guest-critics and regular meetings will take place. Beside this, students will be surrounded by a strong program in history of art and theoretical lessons offered by the university. The master program is open for individuals from various backgrounds.

Guests and Workshops

!Mediengruppe Bitnik, American Artist, James Andrews, Richard D. Bartlett, Nadja Buttendorf, Tsepo Bollwinkel, ABC DINAMO, Harm van den Dorpel, Lukas Eigler-Harding, Nora N. Khan, Anja Kaiser, Na Kim, Jakob Kirch (Lamm/Kirch), Prem Krishnamurthy, Laura Kurgan, David Liebermann, Studio Moniker, Studio Miessen, Rosa Menkman, Jana Reddemann, The Rodina, Tina Sauerländer, Jeffrey Alan Scudder, Emily Smith, Rebecca Stephany, Elvia Wilk


Online registration: February 2nd — March 5th 2022. Applications may only be made for the winter semester of an academic year, usually beginning in October. To apply, please find more informations here or contact us directly.

Prof. Christoph Knoth

Prof. Konrad Renner