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Art and Social Issues: Expressive Arts in Social Transformation (EAST)

The course "Expressive Arts in Social Transformation (EAST)", which is only offered as a full-time program, is a fundamental, professionally-qualifying course, which also offers access to the master courses in Intermedial Art Therapy, Art Analogue Coaching and Social Work.

The EAST program can be studied with focus on "Fine Arts", "Music", "Poetry" or "Performance Art". Students will decide on their focus in the 2nd semester.

The degree qualifies students for artistic work in social and societal fields.

The Concept

Working artistically with people: in educational institutions, urban districts, prisons, museums, companies. With children, the elderly, the sick, in conflicts and crisis situations. This requires experience and competence in artistic practice, in order to create leeway, learn how something new comes into the world and how change is shaped.

We offer o degree that qualifies future expers to address exactly this - we focus on a sound artistic education, experiential learning in small groups and practice-oriented study. In addition to an artistic focus on fine arts, music, poetry, or performance art, we convey how to work with artistic methods in professional practice. From early in their degrees, students become acquainted with possible fields of application as artistic work with refugees, the elderly, children or prisoners.


Offering such unique degree requires a high level of expertise. At MSH Medical School Hamburg, our team of experienced colleagues works in a young institute, researching the processes of social change to develop applicable concepts: the Institute for Subjective Experience and Research (ISER). An overview of our department's current research projects can be found here. You can find information about scientific publications here.

We offer
  • a dedicated and highly qualified team of lecturers and professors
  • work in small groups
  • individual support
  • use of galleries and studios
  • project work
  • Course content and structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Career Prospects

Course content and structure

The degree program Expressive Arts in Social Transformation qualifies for artistic work in social and societal areas and offers access to our master's degree programs.

The focus on »Fine arts«, »Music«, »Poetry« or »Performance Art« permeate the entire course of study. Add to that the artistic education in the other arts. The artistic study thus covers about half of the study. Then there is the study of concepts and methods of artistic-applied practice. The third major area of ​​study is science and research, in which above all the instruments are imparted to reflect on the own practice theory-driven.

We organize lectures in such a way that even full-time students can work alongside their studies. Seminars are held in compressed form 3 days a week. The rest of the time for studio work and self-study students can freely arrange.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are:

  • University entrance qualification or equivalent examination,   
  • Participation in an admission interview,    
  • Artistic aptitude that depends on the prior artistic experiences that are the subject of the admissions interview,    
  • In the selection decision, the following criteria are also taken into account: Study motivation, career prospects, personal suitability, further education and training.

Career Prospects

The program Expressive Arts in Social Transformation qualifies for a broad occupational field of artistically applied work, which defines socio-political objectives under the keywords »cultural participation«, »integration« or »inclusion«. These include in particular the areas of health promotion, conflict management and socio-cultural work. Above all, these are social conflict fields that form where social life worlds are drifting apart. Those affected include marginalized groups such as disadvantaged, disabled, sick or elderly people. There is an increasing demand for skilled workers who are able to accompany people in social and societal conflict and emergency situations. Thus, the demand for skilled workers in the field of so-called welfare care has increased enormously. The number of persons requiring care in Germany alone will increase from 2.2 million to 3.4 million from 2007 to 2030. The situation in the area of ​​stress disorders is no less dramatic. The training of qualified professionals, who are able to design development and change processes, thus hardly keeps pace. The Expressive Arts in Social Transformation program is a novelty in the academic education landscape in this respect and should help close this gap.

> Practical field of study

Reaccreditation EAST

Experts acknowledge the high quality of the degree program!

The program Expressive Arts in Social Transformation (EAST) has been successfully and unconditionally reaccredited. The experts state that the degree program is of a high standard:

»The experts continue to state that the degree program is of a high quality, a learning-friendly climate and a very good care situation. The prerequisite for this is an above-average commitment, but also the noticeably high level of identification of all teachers, staff and students with the Bachelor's degree program EAST, the Department and the university as a whole. The experts rated the concept and the documents of the course of study as reflective, well thought out and convincing. According to their assessment, it succeeds in training mindful and reflective students.«

At a glance

Start date: 1st October

Study type and duration: Full-time/6 semesters

Study fee: Full time/390 € per month

One-time enrollment fee: 100 €

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Areas of Application

> Rehabilitation facilities

> Counselling centers

> Social hotspots

> Museums

> Schools

> District/community centers

> Prisons

Information as PDF Download (German only)
Flyer Expressive Arts in Social Transformation (B.A.)

Susann Ricks
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