Do I have to do an intership before I start at Pforzheim University? If so, what's the duration? 

The duration of the preliminary internship is 3 months (60 work days) for all BA programs except: Jewellery Design asks for at least 12 months of internship (nähere Informationen dazu hier), and there is NO mandatory internship for the BA in Visual Communication. 

You can do your internship either before or after the admission test, but it has to be approved by our 'Prüfungs- und Praktikantenamt'.

How-to: Find a company where you can learn the necessary skills for your program (the Research Assistants can help you with that) and talk to our Prüfungs- und Praktikantenamt about it. Your internship employer has to confirm the hours you worked and what you did in the company, and you'll have to submit a report about your internship before enrolment. The required documents are downloadable from our website. 

Where can I do my pre-study internship?

Each applicant must organize his or her own internship position. Please be aware that the internship must be relevant to your intended course of studies and must cover specific activities (the required contents of the pre-study internship can be found on the respective internship form, see below, in german). The internship must be recognized by the School of Design, so we recommend that you check back with us before you begin it. 


Must I do all six months of my pre-study internship at one and the same company, or can I do several shorter internships at different companies?

It is possible to split the pre-study internship into several blocks of two to three months each, as long as you acquire the relevant expertise. However, please be aware that it usually takes some time to “learn the ropes” in a company and to become familiar with the work sequences there. We therefore cannot unreservedly recommend splitting the pre-study internship among several companies.

How can I have my pre-study internship recognized?

In the Download area, you can find a document, specific to your course of studies, for the provisional recognition of your pre-study internship. 
For example: If you would like to begin your pre-study internship for the course of studies in Accessory Design, download the “Certificate of Recognition to the Course of Studies in Accessory Design” form. Have this form signed by the responsible individual at the company where you intend to do your internship. Send the signed form to pa.gestaltung(at)hs-pforzheim(dot)de. An official at the examination office will sign the form and send it back to you. This first step is obligatory: it serves as your guarantee that your internship satisfies our requirements.

How must my written report about my pre-study internship look?

Write a text in your own words describing the activities with which you occupied yourself during your pre-study internship. Your report should be no longer than a maximum of six 6 DIN-A4 pages. For example, write one page about your internship each month. Have each paged signed by your employer. Finally, collate the pages and send all of them to us after you have completed your internship.

I have heard that the course of studies in Jewellery offers a pre-study internship at the Faculty of Design. Is this true?

Yes. The course of studies in Jewellery offers several internship positions onsite at the university. A yearlong technical pre-study internship is a precondition for acceptance to this course of study. The technical pre-study internships here on our premises are intended for applicants who have completed neither a goldsmith’s apprenticeship, nor a related training (e.g. dental technician), nor an internship at a company. At the conclusion of the pre-study internship, you may be required to pass a technical test.
To find out how you can apply for one of these internship positions, please read the Information Page of the program.