Artist Training Berlin (2019-2020)

The Artist Training Berlin counseling center offered initial counseling and referrals for all areas at the Berlin University of the Arts. The advice center was networked with the International Office, Intercultural Mentoring, the General Student Advisory Service and the Equal Opportunities Officer of the UdK Berlin. The aim was to find tailor-made offers and contact persons for prospective students, students and academics as well as professional artists with a refugee background.


Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS (August 2022 - December 2023)

The DAAD project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS was since 2020 a qualification program at the UdK Berlin Career College for artists in exile. Teaching goals of the advanced training program were networking in the local cultural and creative industries, strategic positioning in the respective artistic orientation, and establishment on the Berlin job market. For the prolongation from August to December 2022 and April to December 2023 four Coaching Programs plus one networking event as well as an online workshop series for artists in exile were planned and the event series Artist Training Lab about diversity oriented Transformation processes.

Coaching Program: with workshops, excursions, consultations for music, visual arts, performing arts and film in May / June / September / October

Online Workshops: How to freelance

Artist Training Lab: How to Create a Safer Space (2022) and Alliances - Students, Scholars and Artists at Risk (2023) is the continuation of the event series Artist Training Lab for Radical Transformation (2020/21). The series was developed to address and discuss structural discrimination at German universities, and the UdK Berlin is no exception. In cooperation with the Commission for Equal Opportunities and the International Office of the UdK Berlin, the Artist Training Lab: Alliances focuses on networking, analyzing the current situation and coordinating programs for students, academics and artists in exile in the coming years. The reflection of the three workshops took place in interviews with participants. Moderation / Production: Johanna Madden (Alumni UdK) & Production: Sel (Student Sound Studies) & Coordinator: İpek Çınar. The podcasts will be published on the Critical Diversity Blog of the UdK Berlin and other providers:


press release 2022

Pressemitteilung 2022


Open Call for Supervision of offers hier.

Artikel im ZIW-Blog


head of programme: Dr. Melanie Waldheim

project coordination: İpek Cınar

assistance: Bích Ngọc Lưu

team 2022: Anna Rosa Alt,  İpek Cınar, Dorna Dibaj, Lisa Eichhorn, Sophia Obermeyer 

Funded by

The Artist Training´s project DIGITAL BASICS was an offer of the UdK Career College and was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with financial resources of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS (August 2020 - December 2021)

The DAAD project Artist Training DIGITAL BASICS was a qualification program at the UdK Berlin Career College for artists in exile. From August 2020 to December 2021, learning videos on basic topics of self-employment in Germany were produced and taught to professional artistsin exile from all sectors through in-depth workshops, consultations, practical modules and excursions. The aims of the training courses were to network in the local cultural and creative industries, to strategically position themselves in their respective artistic fields and to establish themselves on the job market. This new collaboration with the partners - Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the Global Board Niedersachsen and the “INTRO” project of the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media - and the respective experiences in further education were exchanged at the ARTIST CAREER FORUM II symposium.


Further information regarding the extension of the programme 2022-23:

Here you find the programme hier.

Online workshops: In combination with the instructional videos, the workshops served to deepen basic cross-industry knowledge for the self-employment of artists. The workshops took place online and were conducted by the four different partners.

Educational videos: Based on the experience gained in the previous Artist Training projects, urgently needed cross-industry content was offered to all participants at the four locations in the DIGITAL BASICS format. The basic knowledge for self-employment was conveyed through a learning video or learning materials with a workload of 20 minutes. The topics were KSK (artists´ security fund Germany) by Harley Aussoleil, media law by Henner Merle, taxes by Mahmoud Achour and financing by Luca Borkowsky. The director of these videos the Iranian filmmaker Sina Ataeian. Subtitles: German - English - Arabic - Farsi - Turkish 


Documentation of teaching videos hier. 

Trailer of videos: hier.

Consultations: Selected interdisciplinary or industry-specific lecturers offered individual advice to all participants at the four locations. The focus was on feedback on submitted application documents and portfolios. In addition, advisors from the associations and advice centers who are qualified to meet the specific needs of refugees were consulted. The aim was to develop individual skills with regard to their positioning on the market based on their application documents and personal objectives.

Practical modules: Artist Training already has four years of experience with modularized further training in cooperation with the Babelsberg Film University. Therefore, there were two additional modules in the film and fine arts sectors to invite participants from the other two locations. A practical module was designed in equal parts with a local expert from the industry and an artist in exile. The in-depth offer was initially aimed exclusively at the target group from the individual sectors. The aim was to gain an insight into the creative industries through application-oriented learning and to position themselves strategically. A maximum of fifteen participants were accepted per module. In order to ensure a homogeneous group, the selection is made by the module leader.


Excursions: The excursions took place in addition to the four workshop days and led to experts and multipliers in the local cultural scenes of the four sectors of music, visual and performing arts and film.






ARTIST CAREER FORUM II For the second time there was be a meeting at 22nd April 2021 for decision-makers and artists in exile living in Berlin and this time also from Hamburg, Hannover and Babelsberg, to network and to exchange. You can find the conference program here.

The documentation to the conference with the recommendations for action is here.

Artist Training Lab for Radical Transformation was a new series of meetings from September 2020 to April 2021. Experts from the Artist Training and the field of anti-discrimination and organisational development were invited to contribute to the lab.The goal was to unpack structural discriminations and disparities within the UdK Berlin and institutions of the cultural sector and develop strategies to help to transform the field of our work. The lab was curated by the theatermaker and producer Chang Nai Wen, who has been with the Artist Training since 2016 and is an advocate of a culture scene with diversity, inclusion and equity. 


The DAAD-funded project DIGITAL BASICS offered further education for artists in exile throughout Germany.


Programm und Fachtag Februar 2021

Beitag im ZIW-B


head of programme: Dr. Melanie Waldheim

team: Friederike Ankele, Sina Ataeian, Sarah Hartmann, Moira Heuer, Anna Ilin, Monika Junker, Cornelia Lakomy, Monika Lampe-Streuber, Charlotte Kennel, Hoda Taheri, Monika Richter, Laura-Helen Rüge, Judith Weber

Partners and financial support

The Artist Training´s project DIGITAL BASICS was an offer of the UdK Career College and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with financial resources of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In cooperation with Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the Global Board of Landesmusikakademie Berlin and Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH, as well as INTRO of the Ministry for Culture and Media Hamburg.