Partner Universities

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Academy of Arts in Osijek

Academy of Arts in Osijek

The University of Osijek is an educational institution that connects scientific research, artistic creation, teaching and studying thus developing science, profession and art, prepares students for professional work based on scientific knowledge and methods, as well as artistic value, educates young researchers, participates in realization of students’ social interests and promotes international, particularly European cooperation in higher education, in scientific and artistic activities. The Academy of Arts in Osijek offers creative challenges hidden in young people and the presentation of one’s own personality to a wider public.


University of Pécs

University of Pécs


“The creation of the University of Pécs was first initiated by King Louis the Great in 1367. Today, the University of Pécs is one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, where there are ten faculties, which cover the full spectrum of higher education to provide high quality, comprehensive training. In addition to the education and research activities, medical treatment is a crucial activity of ours; the Clinical Centre takes care of not only of the region’s outpatients and in-patients, but in many areas has national-level duties, too.”  Dr. Attila Miseta (Rector)

Private Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung


Mission: Creativity, qualified practical relevance, interdisciplinary competence.
HfK+G promotes cooperation and exchange between academic teaching, companies and public institutions by offering courses tailored to needs and a practice-oriented teaching concept. With substantial contributions in research, development and art practice, the HfK+G contributes to sustainable development in society and medium-sized economy, especially in the regional surroundings of the university locations Stuttgart and Ulm as well as in the Danube region.


Project participants

Media researcher, communications expert, assistant professor at the University of Pécs, Institute of Social- and Media Sciences, Department of Communication and Media Studies. He has considerable experience in planning, managing and accomplishing research for various media forms, media contents as well as media audiences. During the past few years he has been working as a communications trainer and professional consultant for various projects on social media. His main interests are: generations, youth cultures and influencer communication. 

Dr. Adam Guld

University of Pécs

Sarah Dorkenwald works as conceptual designer, curator and author. She is professor for design theory at HfK+G, Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung in Ulm. Sarah completed her design education at the Offenbach University of Art and Design with a diploma in visual communications. In her practical and theoretical work she examines the expanded role of design at the interfaces of industry, science, society and art and proposes new discursive formats, which introduce critical design positions. One of her focal points is questioning subversive or rather system-changing forces of design through speculative approaches. 2018 she co-founded the studio UnDesignUnit, which develops formats to establish design as a critical practice.

Prof. Sarah Dorkenwald

Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung

Prof. Dr. Christine Kühn is a professor of communication and media at the HfK + G in Ulm and Head of course of studies ‚Advertising and Market Communication‘. For more than 20 years she has been working as a consultant and project manager in the economic and cultural sector. In 2003 she founded spot on!communication and offers companies in the DACH region strategic consulting in the areas of marketing, corporate and live communication. Among other things, she teaches communication, strategy and marketing and pursues intercultural issues in theory and practice.

Prof. Dr. Christine Kühn

Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung

After studying in Stuttgart and Schwäbisch Gmünd, Prof. Mark Schmid set up his own agency and began teaching design at the same time. In 2014 he was appointed professor for the basics of design after teaching at various educational institutions. His main interests are perception and signs.

Prof. Mark Schmid

Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung

Harald Strauß, Dr. phil. (FU Berlin), directed the transdisciplinary program “querdurch: kunst + wissenschaft” at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg to accompany the Bologna reform process at the university. Since he has moved to Baden-Württemberg in 2013 he teaches philosophy and ethics, sustainable development, technology assessment, architectural and cultural history as well as scientific methods at several universities of applied sciences. He is a member of the editorial board of agoRadio at the HFBK Hamburg. Since April 2018 he teaches social sciences, research methods, marketing and market research, communication theories and scientific methods as professor for communication and media at the HfK+G Stuttgart.

Prof. Dr. Harald Strauß

Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung

Vladimir Frelih graduated at the Art Academy Düsseldorf in 2000 where he got his MA degree.

In his artwork, Vladimir often explores the concepts of visualizing the edges of digital and analogue mediums as well as their communication, translatability, and compatibility. The end product, an artwork, is often an aesthetical side effect whether it’s video, video installation, photography, web, computer program, object, or painting in all its variations. An individual, and community, society are inseparable elements of his artistic and pedagogical thinking.

Through solo and group exhibitions, he actively works in the contemporary art scene in Croatia and abroad. Vladimir has also won several awards for his art. His artworks are also a part of several public and private collections and contemporary art foundations (Kunstmuseum Bonn, Stadt Düsseldorf, and MSU Zagreb). Vladimir teaches Photography, Video and film, and Multimedia classes at the Art Academy in Osijek. From 2011, he is a guest professor at the Art Academy in Novi Sad, where he teaches Contemporary Art Practice and Methods of Artistic Research classes.

Prof. Vladimir Frelih

Academy of Arts in Osijek

Ana Petrović examines visual elasticity of different kinds of media. She was born in 1985 in Bjelovar, Croatia. She graduated in 2011 on the Art Academy in Osijek and since the same year is a teaching assistant of the courses Video and Film and Photography at the Art Academy in Osijek, validating the title with permanent employment in 2017.

For presentation of her work in numerous group exhibitions, solo shows and workshops in Europe she has been awarded in Croatia and held several lectures on the wide spectrum of her work in Germany, Hungary, Austria and Croatia. Participated in workshops in Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia, in duration between one and two weeks. Fineshed art residency in Graz, Austria, under organization of Kulturvermittlung Steiermark, Internationales Haus der Autorinnen und Autoren Graz.

Her works have been published in numerous catalogs, news articles and art books with texts of most prominent art theoreticians and curators in Croatia, like Branko Franceschi, Boris Greiner and Branka Benčić, but also with awarded young theoretician and curator Igor Loinjak. In a frame of education work, her mentored works have received awards in Croatia and Europe. Co-founder of the art organization POPUP that operates since 2012, with the aim to broaden awareness of contemporary art in alternative exhibiting venues. Works and lives in Osijek, Croatia.

Ana Petrović

Academy of Arts in Osijek

Michaela Köhler works as a designer, curator and design consultant. She is Professor of Design Basics and Typography at HfK+G, Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung in Stuttgart and was appointed Dean of Studies at the Department of Design in 2016. She started her design studies at the ENSA (École nationale supérieure d‘art et de design de Nancy) and completed with a with a diploma in communication design at the department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg. Her work is focused on content based visual conception, typography and cross-media formats. She has a great experience in interdisciplinary projects, in social and civic design projects and emphasizes her professional interest in all forms of visual identities. 

Prof. Michaela Köhler

Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung

Christiane Nowottny studied Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences for Economics in Pforzheim. Directly after her studies she worked in the field of direct marketing for companies and agencies. As a project manager in a print and media centre, she was able to specialise in the development of 1-to-1 marketing and cross-media campaigns. Since 2002 she has been teaching communication and media technology, giving courses in adult education and at universities in the areas of computer application, media technology and cross-media. Since 2014 she has taught as Professor of Media Technology at the University of Applied Sciences for Communication and Design, Media Technology, Digital Media, Communication Design/Projects and Interactive Communication. She was appointed Vice President in March 2016.

Prof. Christiane Nowottny

Vice President, Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung