The best reference for the Berlin Summer University of the Arts at the Berlin Career College are the participants of our courses! In this section you can view and read testimonials from some of the many participants of our courses in the past three years.
Student from Portugal, Workshop with Valérie Favre & Robert Lucander
I found the visit to the museums very useful - special. Valerie's view on painting is contagiously passionate. What I take home is a fresh perspective on my work.
Architect from Brazil (30yo), Art and Money - Funding Strategies for Institutions, Initiatives and Artists. Strategic Partnerships, Fundraising and Sponsorship
Got to know people who work in the same area and have the same goals. The possibilities to make partnerships.
Student from Peru (30yo), Financing, Touring and Co-Producing Performing Arts Projects
Getting in touch with other people with similar interests and diverse experience.
Manager from Spain (30yo), Creating Business Models based on user-centered Services
I gained a new methodology to apply on projects. The intense course hours are very good to "force" the thinking. It has been a great experience!
Designer from Germany (34yo), Service Design Deep Dive: Facilitating Innovation with the Means of Service Design
Hands-on workshop, very good! Participants were really well selected professionals, good atmosphere and working/learning attitude!
Singer from Brazil (35yo), Intensive Class for Opera Singers with Cheryl Studer
I really enjoyed seeing myself and the others participants growing as artists and learning how to deal with the stress and difficulties during the performances.
Music Manager from Germany, DigiMediaL_musik: The Business of Music in Germany
Guter Überblick über wichtigste Aspekte der Musikindustrie, Kontakt zu wichtigen Personen aus verschiedenen Bereichen.
Musician from Finland (31yo), Organ a la carte
I got several very good ideas to try out during the course and of course to adapt and develop in the future.
Research Assistant from Korea (34yo), The (in)Visible City - Digital Storytelling for New Media Formats and Webzines
First of all, I learned cinematographic techniques which I can use in my daily life such as blogging. Secondly, it's the inspiration I got from participants from various disciplines. Each piece of work they have done is wonderful, with different perspectives.
Student from the USA (33yo), Strategic Creativity
Daniela and Susa were excellent instructors. They provided theoretical and practical instruction to the material. They also created an open and supportive environment for the participants to connect.
Singer from Ireland (31yo), Intensive Class for Opera Singers with Gerd Uecker
The contract and private discussion with Herr Uecker the day after the concert was invaluable. The supportive atmosphere was so encouraging.
Creative Director from Brazil (29yo), Starting and Leading your own Successful Creative Business
I really liked how they lead us through the complex path of creating a new business in a very structured way. Things made lots of sense!
Artist from Switzerland (28yo), Self Marketing in the International Art Scene
To put different theoretical topics in practice helps a lot, actually. It's stressful, but this exercise of talking to each other or to a group is really helpful.
Student from Indonesia (24yo), Creating Business Models based on user-centered Services
I learned a lot from the speakers, others and more important - I got to know myself in terms of ability in working with other people.
Entrepreneur from Finland (32yo), Channel your Creativity. From Trend and Talent to Business Concept in 4 Days
I don't consider myself a creative person (more pragmatic), but it was encouraging to notice that my creative side was actually coming out under the right, fruitful circumstances. Design Thinking is familiar to me only as a concept, but it was great to learn the basics and its application possibilities. I was highly intrigued with the subject and method.
Film Artist from China (24yo), Financing and Touring and CoProducing Performing Arts Projects
The lecturer was very patient in answering student's questions. And I met people from different countries here. That's a good experience!
Student from Italy (30yo), From Concept to Realization Project Management in the Performing Arts
The frontal structure of the lesson was good as it was of the discussion. I will take home some more specific contents and skills in practical realization of an event in the field of performing arts, and also an interesting outer look on cultural strategies in Germany.
Artist from Italy (22yo), Berlin's Museums: A History of Exhibiting
We have visited places I'd never visit on my own and maybe never know about them. We had a chance to compare each other from different points of view and backgrounds. I also got an important attitude to how I can visit a museum.
Artist from Argentina (34yo), Berlin's Museums: A History of Exhibiting
The best experience was to visit the museums with the other students who were interested in the topics discussed in the course, so we could share our thoughts and experience. Also, the comments and information given by the two professors which was really interesting and will influence my work a lot.
Artist from Greece (24yo), Berlin's Museums: A History of Exhibiting
Being exposed to a manifold approach to art in the context, to museums with particular subjects in particular contexts, so as to communicating it's content in the best possible way. It was a great gain for me to see different approaches, different backgrounds and follow the direction given by the lecturers, because of their long experience in the field of art and their knowledge about the city of Berlin.
Student from Greece (25yo), Workshop with Valérie Favre & Robert Lucander
The course changed a lot my perception of the paintings and my ideas about painting and art in general. It gave me a lot of "food for thought".
Opera Singer from Spain (30yo), Intensive Class for Opera Singers Module 2
Great detailed work with all the musical aspects and very helpful audition training to move into the professional world of the opera. It's a very good idea to have an audition concert in the end of the course to try out what we've learnt.
Testimonials from participants of the 2012 Dramatic Writing course
(Instructors: David Spencer, John von Düffel)
Denise K., Edinburgh, Scotland
This is a challenging, intense and uncompromising course in playwriting craft, delivered with precision, compassion, fierce intelligence and humor by fearless British playwright David Spencer. Combining techniques to tackle structure and pace with a compelling sensitivity to the creation of meaning through rhythm, David’s approach makes for a moving, enlightening and unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend for people who are willing to ‘go there’ with their writing. After completing the course, and on David’s recommendation, I won a year’s attachment to the Traverse Theatre (2013), Scotland.
Fiona D., Salisbury, United Kingdom
In July 2012, I was lucky enough to find myself on a short but intensive dramatic writing course at the University of the Arts, Berlin. It was tutored by David Spencer. What I came away with was a whole new level of understanding about playwriting which continues to influence my work today. David, two-time winner of the Verity Bargate award, is a great writer. But he’s also a great teacher. His knowledge of technical aspects like plot and structure is invaluable, and his insights about what it takes to write a great play are shared openly and unselfishly with his students. Since my time in Berlin, I’ve had a number of short plays produced and I was recently asked to write for Miniaturists 40 at the Arcola Theatre. (Miniaturists is a reputable and long-established group of professional playwrights producing regular writer-led events in London). When it comes to the craft of writing, David is the ultimate craftsman and anybody wanting to write a play would benefit greatly from spending some time in his company.
Fiona now has a seed commission from the Play For The Nation’s Youth group - that includes the Joint Stock company, one of England’s best known New Writing producers.