Our Philosophy

We are unique in Germany in that we offer full-time education to become a state-approved painter and a state-approved sculptor. Both courses have a standard period of study of three years and can be extended with a one-year additional qualification in Concept Art/VFX. In this way, we convey centuries-old knowledge of art as a comprehensive foundation and combine it with current skills in digital drawing for modern artistic professions. In addition to the goal of providing our students with the highest quality artistic training, we cultivate a trusting and familiar atmosphere. Through professional training in various methods and marketing-relevant specialist topics, students learn to develop their own style and prepare themselves optimally to be successful in their future professional lives. Due to our international orientation, we offer an exciting exchange with a wide variety of people, styles and experiences.


Dana Güttler

Dana Güttler


As the director, Dana is the heart and soul of the Academy of Fine Art. At a young age, she discovered her love of art and quickly realized that realistic art necessitate structured and detailed instruction. Since at the time there was no opportunity in Germany to enrol in such a course, she took intensive classes from private tutors.

After the successful completion of her degree in business administration, she set herself the goal to make realistic art as a subject of study accessible (again) in Germany. In 2014 she was able to achieve this goal with the creation of the Academy of Fine Art. Dana utilizes her commercial expertise as well as her artistic know-how to passionately lead the Academy, representing the Academy publicly as well as forging important contacts.

Our instructors & facilities

In addition to several sculpture, drawing and painting rooms, we also have a very large space for life drawing. However, the center point of the Academy of Fine Art Germany, is the inviting chillout lounge which includes a Café. Bad Homburg, which is defined by its many parks and green spaces, also offers ample opportunity for plein air instruction during the spring and summer months. The faculty is as international as the student body, and obtained their qualifications at renowned ateliers. Our excellent instructors are passionate about teaching the knowledge of the old masters, with patience, kindness, and in an approachable manner.

What you can expect from us


We know that every person is different, and we are dedicated to supporting every student on their individual journey. Our small class sizes ensure that each student is given the individual attention they need.


Our instructors are professional artists with many years of experience. They are from all over the world and are keen to pass on their knowledge to the students at the Academy of Fine Art Germany.


We took great care in constructing our curriculum, so that it is tailored exactly to the needs of our students and as such is unique in Germany. As a private institution, we can focus on the artistic craft without having to adhere to a state-mandated curriculum.


We are very proud that since 2014 we are the only educational institution in Germany that has specialised in realistic painting and drawing in order to make these teachings accessible again in Germany. Since 2021, we have been state-recognised by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and are the only institution in Germany that is allowed to provide full-school training as a state-recognised art painter and state-recognised sculptor.


Whether you have no skills yet or are already experienced, fresh out of school or in your second spring. In our three-year programme, all students work systematically on a fixed number of projects. These are based on each other and become more and more complex through time. In this way, we ensure that all graduates reach a similar professional level.


Even though all our students learn the same skills, each person is fostered and supported individually. Our instructors are always present. Every day they spend time with each individual student to support and guide them.

state-approved Programs of study

Art must be taught alive in order to become alive. Art is movement, change and experimentation. At the Academy of Fine Art Germany, we support you in finding the artist in you and awaken your art to life. Choose one of our full-time or part-time degree programmes now and become a state-approved painter or sculptor. No matter which course your heart beats for, with us you will be optimally prepared for a successful professional career.

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