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APPLICATIONS for 2018/19 Academic Year

The admission process for the academic year 2018/19 commences December 2018.

Early Bird Deadline: January 31, 2018
​Final Deadline: April 30, 2018

More information and an updated application form will be posted in due time. We are offering two deadlines and recommend applicants from outside of Europe, particularly from China, India and Iran, to make use of the Early Bird Deadline due to a long and tedious Visa application process we have experienced this year.


To qualify for studying at SAC, you should have studied architecture for at least 4 years with a bachelor degree and have, in total, a minimum of 2 years work experience (including summer jobs, internships and part-time work). Applications received from prospective students with degrees in interior design, engineering or other related fields and/or with different kinds of related work experience will be considered at the discretion of the admissions committee.
It is to the advantage of prospective students to be competent in digital modelling (Rhino, 3D Studio Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Processing, etc.). Candidates are expected to master a software program for standard architectural drafting and technical drawing (AutoCAD, Revit, ArchiCAD, etc.).

  • NOTE: ALL OF SAC'S TEACHING IS IN ENGLISH. A certificate showing fluency in English (TOEFL, IELTS etc.) is not required by the Städelschule but may prove helpful with respect to the German authorities and the visa application. The Städelschule does not provide English language courses.


Your candidacy as an applicant is evaluated on the basis of the portfolio submitted (hard copy, bound, no larger than A3, preferably smaller and maximum of 20 double-spread pages). The portfolio should document all relevant work including academic final year works as well as relevant professional work. It should be focused and present the essence of your design skills and/or theoretical approach to architecture as well your ideology behind the designs that are developed. It must include student projects, in particular your final thesis project as well as professional work, in which case your individual contribution must be clearly stated. If the nature of the work submitted so requires, additional information can be provided on a CD/DVD. Due to the large number of applications we receive, please ensure that your portfolio is simple and easy to process, file and review. Portfolios with glass or protruding metal parts are not acceptable. No loose pages. Please note that digital applications of portfolios will not be considered.

Additionally, two letters of recommendation (one academic, one professional), transcripts of your diplomas, as well as a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a letter of motivation are required. 


The tuition fee for the academic year 2017-18 is € 7.500,00, payable per semester (3,750 euro). Unfortunately SAC does not offer a scholarship program. This has to be organised individually. SAC sets its tuition fees on an annual basis and it is subject to change.


There is no application fee. However, if the applicant were accepted to program a deposit in the amount of € 1.000,00 has to be paid to the account of Städelschule in order to secure the place in our programme.This sum will be deducted from the applicant's tuition fees and is non-refundable. The deadlines for the deposit payment will be announced in the admission letters( usually the deposit has to be paid 1 month after the acceptance). The latest dates would be April 15, 2018 (for early bird applications) OR May 30, 2018. The deposit is non-refundable.

Applicants who are accepted but miss the deadline for paying the deposit, lose their position in the admissions process and risk their place on the programme.  


Unfortunately SAC does not offer a scholarship programme. This has to be organised individually. Previous students have applied to the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD ( for funding. Please note that accommodation is not offered by SAC.


The academic year 2017/18 starts October 16, 2017.


For further information please read Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us.


    ◦    Completed Application Form (download link below )
    ◦    Portfolio (we are unable to return these to applicants)
    ◦    A letter of motivation (500 words max.) stating your interest in
​          architecture and the programme of SAC
    ◦    Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
    ◦    Transcript(s) of diploma(s)
    ◦    Two letters of recommendation (1 professional / 1 academic)

It is the applicant's responsibility to make certain all materials are submitted.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
​All documents become the property of the school and cannot be returned.


Please send the application documents to:


In case you have further questions, please contact :