The project ARTIST TRAINING for Professionals was a qualification program offered by the Berlin Career College aiming for the qualification, consulting and networking of artists in exile. During the three editions of the project from July 2018 to March 2020, in addition to an introductory course, four complementary modules provided information and contacts in the following four fields: music, fine arts, performing arts, and film. Networking events facilitated connections within the respective artistic sector, while consulting activities examined individual situations in-depth. The goals were networking with the Berlin cultural and creative industries by getting to know the institutions and their employees, establishment on the Berlin labor market and the strategic positioning in the respective artistic orientation.
The project Artist Training for Professionals was presented from 20 – 22 of July 2018 at the UdK Rundgang – Open Days with the supervisor alumni from the previous project. Visitors were invited to participate in a panel on the topic “Limits for Artists in Exile” and to look at various artistic works from different sections.
For the BASICS as a self-employed person and the sectors MUSIC, FINE ARTS, PERFORMING ARTS and FILM, three modules each with 20 hour-sessions with experts from the Berlin cultural scene took place.
In cooperation with partners from the sectors, an individually tailored format was created for networking artists in exile with representatives from the Berlin cultural and creative industries for future joint projects.
As part of individual consultations on various overarching and industry-specific topics, the participants of the Artist Training received individual tips on procedures according to their respective situation.
Report for the State Minister for Culture and Media of the Federal Government: Exile in the Federal Republic of Germany. Conditions and challenges for artists (October 2019)
"Universities and their respective further training measures play an important role in the funding system, especially in order to find a career start. In this context, the 'Artist Training for Professionals' of the Berlin University of the Arts operates independently of the art sector.”
Project presentation for the 49th dghd annual conference 2020: Various concepts for transnational artists (March 2020)
With the model project Artist Training (before: Refugee Class), the Berlin University of the Arts has been meeting the challenges of designing teaching formats for the transnational target group of professional artists in exile since February 2016. The basic idea is to develop the program from the needs, competences and experiences of the participants. The content of the individual modules is conceived by an artist from Berlin and an artist in exile. The implementation takes place with co-teaching.
Program Management: Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer
Head of Program: Dr. Melanie Waldheim
Module Coordination: Manuela Goschy
Team members: Zainab Alsawah, Halka Freund, Eva-Marie Geier, Julie Halten, Susanne Hamelberg, Tobias Renner, Kathrin Rusch, Evar Sama, Sinje Steinmann
The project Artist Training for Professionals was promoted with means from the European Union (European Social Fund). In cooperation with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.
The project ARTIST TRAINING: Refugee Class for Professionals was a qualification progam offered by the UdK Berlin Career College aiming to the qualification, counseling and networking of fled artists. During the two editions of the project from November 2016 to March 2018, in addition to an introductory course, five complementary modules provided information and contacts on the following five fields: music, cultural journalism, fine arts, performing arts and film. The networking-format MindLab# facilitated connections within the respective artistic sector, while counseling activities examined in depth individual situations. Goals were the networking with the Berlin cultural and creative industries by getting to know the institutions and their employees, the establishment on the Berlin labor market and the strategic positioning in the respective artistic orientation. This was provided by the wide networking in the Berlin scene built up during the Artist Career Forum, which took place on December 7th 2016.
Two editions with each six modules took place. The module Basic - Working as an artist in Germany was the starting point to show which tools are necessary to be able to work as an artist in Germany. The participants learned about the conditions and strategies for a successful entry into an employment relationship or self-employment. The other modules focused on the specific sectors: Music, Culture and Media, Performing Arts, Fine Arts and Film. Contents were the most important institutions of the respective divisions, important information on the structure of the job market as well as information on associations, relevant industry meetings or festivals. In addition to the sessions and practical exercises, excursions to specific industry locations were offered.
The MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? was a format promoting the networking of fugitive artists, media creators and creatives with representatives from the Berlin cultural and creative industries at ZUsammenKUNFT, a model project for community life. Industry-specific workshops gave the participants of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals opportunities to engage with Berlin-based artists for future joint projects. Head: Chang Nai Wen
The practice offer of the Artist Training entitled in practice was an application-oriented and informal learning format for the fields of Fine Arts, Culture and Media, Performing Arts, and Film. In 48 hours, the participants of the Artist Training deepened their learning from the modules and became professionalized through the reflection of action strategies for the Berlin art and creative industry in order to be able to implement successful projects independently (exhibitions, theater projects etc.).
In the context of the project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals, a forum took place on December 7th 2016, in cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung. It included discussions together with representatives of Berlin’s cultural and creative industry institutions as well as with associations handling activities for fled artists. The guest list was composed of industry representatives from the fields of music, culture and media, performing arts, fine arts and film as well as from transcending institutions and projects. The working group met again on January 26th 2017 in the Academy of Arts and on March 2nd 2017 in the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Künste (nGbK) to resume its work. As Transnational Artist Council (TAC), the work group met regularly in various participating institutions to support refugee artists.
An interview with Creative City Berlin about the project „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“
Since 2016 the project “Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals” takes place at the Berlin Career College at the University of the Arts Berlin, funded by the European Union and the Federal Land Berlin. It addresses all refugee artists and persons engaged in the cultural sector and tries to integrate them into the Berliner employment market. In this interview the delegate project-coordinator Ewelina Dobrzalski presents the Artist Training and underlines the importance of such a project.
Creative City Berlin, 15.12.2017
Performing Arts – Two participants talk about their experience
Deutsche Welle editor Chokri Chebbi meets the team and the participants of the workshop „Performing Arts“ – the second module of the Projekt „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“ of the Berlin Career College, which took place from the 25th to the 29th of September 2017. In his interview he portrays the experiences of two of the participants: Rafi Gazani and Shahnaz Saleem.
Deutsche Welle, 30.09.2017
Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals at the UdK Rundgang
For the first time, participants of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals at the Berlin Career College of the UdK curated an exhibition during the university's annual open days. In addition to large-format oil paintings, installations and films by participants of the Fine Arts module, there was also a framework programme, which included musical performances as well as practical art experience, for example with the calligrafie workshop.
Oud of Damascus
After a year's escape, Nabil Aarbain, Syrian Oud player from Damascus, came to Germany. In this interview with VAN, he talks about the living conditions that forced him to flee Syria, about his way to Berlin, his music and his hope for his country. Nabil Aarbain participated in the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals MUSIC at the Berlin Career College of the University of Arts.
Patron: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hentschel
Program Management: Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer
Project Coordination / concept: Dr. Melanie Waldheim
Communication: Kathrin Rusch
Module Coordination: Manuela Goschy
Team members: Susanne Bauer, Arne Brücks, Ewelina Dobrzalski, Halka Freund, Julie Halten, Elisabeth Hoscheck, Kiro Moussa, Evar Sama, Jennifer Uhlenbrok, Lena Stöhr, Mona Wetzel
في حال كنتم بحاجة الى مترجم نرجو ان تكتبوا ايميل على العنوان التالي:
نحن نتكلم العربية
اگر احتياج به مترجم همزمان فارسي زبان داريد، لطفا به ايميل آدرس زير اطلاع دهيد.
The project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals was promoted from November 2016 to March 2018 with means of the European Union (European Social Fund) and of the Federal Land of Berlin. With the kind support of the Freundeskreis der Universität der Künste Berlin | Karl Hofer Gesellschaft e.V. In cooperation with the Film university Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.
Since February 2016, the Berlin Career College had been offering free continuing education and networking opportunities on an unsalaried basis for fled artists, creatives and employees in media with the Refugee Class. The program was extended in respect of the needs of the participants and was supported by renowned teachers and externals on a voluntary basis and unsalaried.
The following modules were offered:
Networking for fled artists
Verena Kemna reports on the first module of the Refugee Class, which took place from February 29th to March 4th at Bundesallee 1-12 and welcomed an average of 40 participants per day. The target group of the special course offerings included people with artistic professions who had to flee their homes and hope for a new career in Berlin. At the end of this orientation week there was no certificate but first orientation approaches.
Project Coordination: Dr. Melanie Waldheim