Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen


Prof. Anke Bernotat
Professorin für  Gestaltung & Innovation

Marion Digel
Professorin für Fachspezifische Gestaltungs- 
und Entwurfsgrundlagen

Dr. Christa Liedtke
Professorin für Nachhaltiges Konsumieren & Produzieren

Kurt Mehnert
Professor für Strategie & Vision

Stefan Neudecker
Professor für Design by Technology

Christian Schreckenberger
Professor für Experimentelle Gestaltung

Carolin Schreiber 
Gastprofessorin für Social Design
Design & Partizipation

Even before the founding of the Folkwang School in 1927, designers were there (as the School of Trades and Applied Arts). They were closely associated and worked in parallel with the other Folkwang arts from the very beginning, and also under the name “Folkwang School of Design” (Folkwangschule für Gestaltung) after 1928. From 1948 to 1972 photographers, carvers and sculptors, graphic designers, commercial artists and the like were learning and creating under the same roof as musicians, dancers and actors in the Benedictine Abbey in Werden. It was not until 2007, however, that they became an official part of the Folkwang Hochschule, along with the Photography, Communication Design and Industrial Design programs.

Since 2010, the premises of the Zollverein World Heritage Site have been a home to the Folkwang University of the Arts with its use of the architecturally outstanding SANAA Building.

On the Zollverein site in view of the SANAA Building, 2017 opened the new Design Faculty building, enabling the Zollverein to become the new home to the entire Design Faculty of the Folkwang University of the Arts together with its workshops and all its students and staff.

What is Folkwang design?

Well-trained designers make an important contribution to designing our environment by virtue of their holistic practical and critical thinking, their sensibility and capacity to think ahead, and their knowledge of culture, art, technology, ergonomics, science and the marketplace. The Folkwang’s training in Design aims to educate this kind of designer, to give them the basis for new perspectives and approaches and to encourage them in establishing their own individual attitudes and approaches to design – all within the context of a unique cross-disciplinary course structure and the fusion of theory with practice.