Our conceptWe seek sustainable success, which in our view cannot be achieved with a quickly made portfolio. Our experience shows that preparation of a good portfolio takes time, engagement, the development of personal strengths, endurance, and discipline. Therefore, our classes are based on the following cornerstones: the systematic and comprehensive preparation of course participants, needs-based and targeted classes, fostering and challenging students through continuous learning and further development of oneself, diligent work and the practice of endurance.Our goal is the elaboration of the individual character of every participant without losing connection to reality, engagement, and the ability to look beyond one’s own life.
InternationalityThe course participants enjoy an international atmosphere of classmates hailing from Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Island, Japan, Canada, Korea, Columbia, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, New Zeeland, Norway, Austria, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Check republic, Tunis, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela… and of course from the whole of Germany.The diversity of our course participants entails distinct ideas and experiences encountering each other, ensuring active exchange and contributing decisively to the shaping of one’s own personality.
Our SuccessThe Von Erlenbach art school is proud to be one of the most successful art schools in Berlin. Over 90 percent of university applicants who have gone through our courses are invited to sit exams with over 80 percent gaining admittance. This rate has remained steady year after year. Considering that the average percentage of accepted applicants in German art schools constitutes 5 to 15 percent, our success speaks for itself and suggests our portfolio course to be one of the most promising options for those preparing for higher education.
Our LecturersOur tutors and lecturers are active artists with solid training and experience of working in various professional arenas. This immediate, everyday practice allows them to speak frankly from first hand experience of working in various creative professions while bringing current trends into classes.They support every course participant in learning the foundations and in independent work with great engagement and passion.
Our Relationship to the UniversitiesWith the help of previous graduates we are in continuous contact with many academies and universities. Contemporary graduates who previously participated in the portfolio course are today’s students in various specializations and are also university professors. Due to this we have a very good network and are well informed about news and current trends in the universities.
The Studio AtmosphereOur classroom is a former factory floor, with the south-facing windows facing a garden. We use the garden for working and relaxing in the open-air during the warmer seasons. The classroom is found in the back-yard and allows for a very concentrated working environment in the middle of the city.
The City of BerlinBerlin is an art and culture metropolis, not only for Germany, but Europe as a whole. Here the biggest art academies and universities foster an excitement within the arts. It is a city where international artists meet and the most important cultural events for all creative fields take place. Here the creative industry is building its center, and we are in the middle of it all.
Central LocationThe Von Erlenbach art-school is located in the district of Kreuzberg, central to Berlin. The school can be reached conveniently from any part of town by public transport. The nearby Bergmannstrasse provides course members with a wide variety of restaurants, bars, beer-houses and snacks-bars; everything for the well-being of the body or to just satisfy a little appetite in the meantime.