–– Please note that the following description is an abbreviated version, and valid only for the Bachelor of Arts. If you are interested in other programs please go to our program overview page. ––
STEP 1: Collect information about your desired program of study
Visit us at the School of Design in Pforzheim on open house days (the ‚Werkschau‘, for example), scheduled informative meetings, portfolio consultations, and talk to our professors and students. For individual advisory meetings with our faculty staff please contact the respective Research Assistants (you can find their contact data on the program pages). Please be aware that, since all Bachelor degrees are being taught in German, you will find lots of additional information in the german version of this website – read of it as much as you can!
STEP 2: Prepare your application documents
(Please use translated and legally attested copies, never hand in original certificates!)
Once your application is ready, send it via regular mail to:
Student Administration Office (Studierendensekretariat/StudiCenter)
Room G1.107, open Tue - Fr 9am - 12am
Phone: 07231 - 28 6724
Please note that incomplete applications (applications missing an approved test of language proficiency / approved school certificate / portfolio) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, and you will NOT be notified that something is missing. Applications sent via Email also will not be considered.
Application Deadlines: Regular Deadlines are April 30th (for enrollment as student in following October) and October 30th (for enrollment as student in following March). From April 15th / October 15th until the respective application deadline you can apply online via this link.
Please note that the BA in Jewellery Design begins only once a year in October, the BA in Accessoire Design only once a year in March. All other fields start twice a year.
Applications which arrive late won’t be considered.
STEP 3: Test of Artistic Aptitude (pre-selection, admission exam and interview)
Based on the submitted applications, the admission committee will make a pre-selection and decide who will be invited to the admission exam and the personal interview (usually applicants are notified about the date within 2-3 weeks after the application deadline).
The admission exam (taking place 5-6 weeks after application deadline at Pforzheim University) will show us if you are able to solve a typical design task on the fly. Usually, in the mornings you have to solve general artistic tasks, and in the afternoon you work on program specific topics. Furthermore, the candidates have to prove their qualifications in an interview – we'd like to get to know you! Interview topics can include (but are not limited to) your portfolio, your area of interest in design, or your CV. The interview can take place either on the day of the admission exam or on the day after. Please plan to be in Pforzheim for the entire time.
2-3 weeks after the test of artistic aptitude candidates are notified (via regular mail) whether they are being accepted as students at Pforzheim University School of Design.
Further Information: Internship, Enrollment, Fees & Insurance
Please be aware that you have to do a 3-month internship for all BA programs except Visual Communication (no internship) and Jewellery (12 month internship) before you start your first semester here. Requirements for the internships also depend on the field of study. In any case, you should thoroughly read the FAQ section and check back with our Student Services Office (Tel. +49 (0) 7231-28 6719) whether your internship will be accepted before you start it.
You can choose whether you do your internship before your application and the test of artistic aptitude, or after – it just has to be done before you enroll as a student here, and you will need to present proof from your employer that you did it and that you acquired the necessary knowledge (we have forms for that purpose). You can do your internship at whichever company you like.
If you got accepted as a student, have already completed your internship (or will have by the time you enroll) and have all the necessary documents ready you can submit a request for enrollment as a student ( 'Antrag auf Zulassung zum Studium') via this link: https://hic.hs-pforzheim.de/qiszul-g/.
There are some administration fees for enrolled students of the Hochschule every semester. Apart from these fees there is contribution for the 'Studentenwerk', and for the 'Verfasste Studierendenschaft', all in all around 160€ for EU citizens (). You will be notified when to pay and to which bank account, if you are accepted as a student. Please also be aware that upon enrollment as a student you will have to present proof you have health insurance.