Below you will find a description of the application process for the Bachelor programs at the School of Design. If you want to apply for the pre-course, an exchange or a guest semester please go to 'other offers'.
Visit our school and/or portfolio advising appointments, come to the Werkschau, talk to professors, research assistants and students. You may also have some very individual questions: If I can't finish my pre-study internship, what then? If my Abitur is postponed, will it all still be possible to start my studies?
No matter what is bothering you: Send an e-mail to our StudiCenter or call us at +49 7231 - 28 6724 or 28 6718, we will be happy to help. We also continue to offer information events and portfolio consultations (online and on-site).
For a Design PF application you need the following:
- a certified copy of your certificate as proof of your university entrance qualification: Abitur certificate, Fachhochschulreife or Fachgebundene Hochschulreife (see FAQs).
- International applicants please note our requirements for certificate recognition
- Curriculum vitae
- letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
- a selection of artistic works (the 'portfolio')
- international applicants: a German language certificate
Everything there? Then you are ready to go!
1) In the application portal you submit your personal data, your university entrance qualification, and, if necessary, your language certificate.
Details about the application portal
As soon as the admission committee has assessed your application documents (approx. 14 days after the application deadline), you can check in the application portal whether you will be invited to the artistic aptitude test.
The aptitude test usually takes place on our premises and lasts one to two days. You will be given artistic tasks and subject-specific tasks to complete within a certain time frame. We also have a personal interview with you to get to know you a little better.
About two weeks after the aptitude test, you can read the results of the artistic aptitude test in the application portal.
More about the aptitude test
The Industrial Design, Fashion, Visual Communication and Transportation Design programs start every semester, the Accessory Design and Jewellery programs start only once a year in the winter semester. Please note that your admission letter is only valid for the immediately following semester and plan your application accordingly: if you have to do a pre-study internship, you must prove that you have completed or started the pre-study internship by the time you enroll in the first semester at the latest.
For enrollment, you will need proof of the semester fees paid, proof of existing health insurance, and, if applicable, a valid visa for Germany.
Read more in our FAQs
For a few of our degree programs, you will need to provide proof of a pre-internship when you enroll in your first semester:
BA in Accessory Design: 3 months pre-internship externally, or 3 weeks at our school*.
BA in Industrial Design:
- with major 'Classic': 6 months pre-internship
- with major 'Digital': no pre-internship
BA in Fashion: 3 months pre-internship externally, or 3 weeks at our school*.
BA in Jewelry: 12 months pre-internship externally, or as a technical pre-course for a fee at our school
BA in Transportation Design: 3 months pre-study internship
BA in Visual Communication: no pre-study internship
The preliminary internship has to be coordinated with our examination and internship office as well as with the study program. Here you can find all further information.
* Prerequisite for the 3-week pre-study internship at our school: admission to the program and sufficient places.
Please keep all notifications you receive from us carefully, as you may need them years later as proof (e.g. for child benefits or health insurance). This includes postal letters, but also digital communications such as emails.
Our FAQs contain answers to the questions most frequently asked by our prospective students.
The contact addresses of the contact persons in the study programs can be found on the corresponding program pages.
The admission statutes, the study and examination regulations (SPO), the curricula of our study programs as well as the module handbooks can be found on the page 'Study and Examination Regulations'.