Bachelor programmes

Application documents Bachelor (15 May/15 November)

  1. Application form
  2. Transcripts regarding University entrance qualification (notarized or certified copy)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Written proof of participation in a university study orientation process
  5. Proof of a subject-related practical activity provided it is available
  6. One passport photo

Documents for the day of aptitude test

The following documents must be brought in a folder on the day of the aptitude test. Please note that the submission requirements differ depending on which program is being applied for.

Communication Design and Product Design
1. 12 to 15 original self-created samples of work (no copies) each labeled legibly with name and date it was made.
2. The finished homework assigned by the University.
3. A statement declaring that the submitted work was actually done by the applicant.

Interactive Design and Internet of Things –Designing Networked Systems
1. The completed homework assigned by the University.
2. A statement declaring that the submitted work was actually done by the applicant. The homework is to be brought with you on the day of the aptitude test.

Details of portfolio contents/Homework

--The portfolio must be labeled with name and address
--Portfolio organization: Table of contents/ Homework/ samples of work if applicable
--Flat materials may not be rolled
-- Digital work must be presented in CD-ROM/DVD and printed.

The homework is to be brought here 4 weeks before the aptitude test at the latest and it is to be completed without assistance from a third party. Violations of this will result in exclusion from the application process. The HfG does not release any information about the homework.

The team here at the HfG wishes you good luck in the application process!

Submission of required application documents

Submission of the required application documents by post (postmarked) or in the admissions office (Studierendensekretariat):

Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd
Rektor-Klaus-Str. 100
73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00 to 12:00
Wednesday 14:30 to 15:30 (2:30 pm- 3:30 pm)
Ground floor

University entrance qualification

The general university qualifying exam (Hochschulreife), a specialized university qualifying exam (Fachgebundene Hochschulreife), or a university-qualifying exam (Fachhochschulreife) are prerequisites for entrance into the university program. Applicants with a university qualifying eligibility from another federal state that is not valid in Baden Württemberg need a certificate of recognition of transcript from the Transcript Recognition Office of the Stuttgart Regional Council (Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle des Regierungspräsidium), Abt. 7 Schule and Bildung, Breitscheidstrasse 42, 70176 Stuttgart.
Further information can be found here. This certificate is to be submitted to the University with the transcripts in the form of an officially certified photocopy.

Written proof of participation in a university study orientation process

According to paragraph 60 section 2 number 6 of the State University Law, the date of the application cannot be older than 2 years. The study orientation process serves not only to help in the evaluation and selection of the potential student but also for their own orientation. In addition to the orientation test offered by the Ministry of Science, which can be taken online, the University of Applied Design, Schwäbisch Gmünd also accepts proof of participation in the following study orientation processes and events:

- All of the study orientation events offered by the University such as Design Campus, portfolio consultation, study information day, general and individual student advisory appointments, as well as participation in one of the guided tours through the semester exhibitions offered by the Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd.
- All general study oriented counseling e.g professional and student orientation offered by an official agency or by the Unemployment Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) or participation in an orientation test such as
 A BEST-seminar: a 2-day guidance and decision making training for pupils at the general and vocational university preparatory schools covering orientation for university studies and professional guidance counseling. Registration is possible online here
 -- Participation in a qualified study guidance consultation at another German design university.

Foreign Applicants

Foreign applicants with foreign transcripts require the confirmation of university entrance eligibility from the Foreign Studies Commission for Universities (Ausländerstudienkolleg für die Hochschulen) of the State of Baden Württemberg.
Auslenderstudeinkolleg/Studienkolleg Konstanz, Frauneggerstrasse 55, 78462 Konstanz, Telephone 07531-2060,

Applicants from non-German speaking countries require sufficient knowledge of the German language, which can be verified by a test at the Foreign Studies Commission for Universities (Ausländerstdienkolleg)( DSH 2 or TestDaf 4 ). The results of this test are to be included in the application documents.

Chinese applicants need an additional certificate of authenticity of documents from the Academic accreditation office (Akademischen Prüfstelle, APS) of the Department of Culture at the German Embassy in Beijing.

Non-EU applicants must present a residency permit at time of matriculation.

German applicants with university qualifying transcripts acquired outside the Federal Republic of Germany can apply for acceptance only after the transcripts has been recognized as being equivalent to a university qualifying diploma. The Ministry of Education (Kultusministerium) of the applicant’s state of residence is responsible for issuing this document of recognition.

Exceptional artistic or subject-related ability

The University by-laws of the state of Baden Württemberg of 1.1.2005 paragraph 58 section 7 stipulates that applicants who are exceptionally artistic or creatively talented and who possess a general education can be exempt from having proof of a general or specific university qualifying diploma. The University, in compliance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art makes this determination.

The admissions committee of the University determines exceptional artistic talent during the test of artistic aptitude.
Prerequisite for participation in this evaluation process is either proof of successful completion of an appropriate vocational training program (Berufsausbuildung) with a particular grade point average)

or proof that the second half of the first year of the university qualification school (Gymnasium) had been completed and the results of which would not have disqualified the applicant from taking the final exam (Abitur).

Previous subject-related work experience

Previous subject-related work experience (Vorpraktikum)is recommended in order to provide insight into the desired professional area. It is however, not a prerequisite for commencing of studies at the University. Presentation of transcripts or work recommendations that are subject-related will be considered in the admissions process. If such recommendations are not available applicants will not be subject to any disadvantage.

We recommend an internship lasting several months e.g. in an advertising agency or design firm.
--For Interactive Design, development departments of large companies or software development departments of software or media companies would be pertinent.
-- For Communication Design, we recommend, for example, publishing houses or advertising agencies.

--For Product Design, we recommend design departments of middle to large manufacturing companies.

Test of subject-related /artistic aptitude

Applicants of all study programs must, regardless of their academic profile, participate in a test of subject-related/artistic aptitude. Specific details are regulated by the by-laws of admissions.

The portfolio (note this is only necessary for Communication and Product Design) and the homework are to be submitted on the day of the test of subject-related/artistic aptitude. You will find the exact dates in due course here.

Those accepted will have received 7 total points for their portfolio, practical and oral tests. There will be no pre-selection based on the evaluation of the portfolio. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of the total exam evaluation until all the available study spots are filled. A waiting list will be provided.

The test entails design tasks that are to be finished within 5 hours; a subject-related interview with University teachers in which questions of motivation and submitted work samples (portfolio and homework) will be discussed as well as the oral exam and the evaluation of the submitted work samples.

The applicants will be informed of the results of the procedure in writing. For reasons of confidentiality, no telephone inquiries nor inquires from third parties regarding admissions will be answered.

Applicants will only be admitted into the program the following semester after all requirements are fulfilled by January 15 or July 15.




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