Your Bachelor Studies at the HfG

The appli­ca­tion process for the Summer semester 2023 will take place online (subject to change).

You can find answers to all ques­tions concer­ning your appli­ca­tion here:

1. Your Appli­ca­tion Documents

We admit first-year students twice a year in all degree programs. The following docu­ments must be received by the Student Secre­ta­riat by 15 May or 15 November (cut-off deadline):

  • Appli­ca­tion form Bachelor (Please make sure that your email address is correct).
  • Certi­fi­cate of univer­sity entrance quali­fi­ca­tion (certi­fied copy or transcript)
  • Curri­culum vitae
  • Written proof of parti­ci­pa­tion in a study orien­ta­tion proce­dure (you will receive a proof of parti­ci­pa­tion at every study coun­se­ling service, which you can submit for appli­ca­tion or you can take a test online)
  • Evidence of profes­sional prac­tical acti­vi­ties, if avail­able and to be taken into account
  • Pass­port photograph

Send the docu­ments to the following address:

Hoch­schule für Gestal­tung
Schwä­bisch Gmünd

Student Secre­ta­riat
Rektor-Klaus-Str. 100
73525 Schwä­bisch Gmünd

After submit­ting your appli­ca­tion docu­ments, you will be invited by mail to an online apti­tude test appro­xi­mately 10 days after the appli­ca­tion dead­line. There is no sepa­rate confir­ma­tion of receipt of the appli­ca­tion in addi­tion to the invi­ta­tion. So don’t panic if it takes a while until you hear from the university.

Unlike other univer­si­ties, we invite all appli­cants who meet the entry requi­re­ments to take the online apti­tude test, because we want to get to know the person who wants to study with us. For the online apti­tude test we are using the Zoom software.

2. Solve a Design Task

The home­work assign­ment that you have to complete before the online apti­tude test will be published here approx. 6 weeks before the apti­tude test. This home­work already relates to your course of study.

Please have your solu­tion to the home­work assign­ment and, if avail­able, your own work ready in a maximum of 10 photos or screens (digital: Power­Point, PDF or similar) for the online apti­tude test on the device (e.g. PC or tablet) with which you are parti­ci­pa­ting in the Zoom meeting. You can then use the Share screen“ func­tion to show the home­work and your work.

3. Your work samples / Port­folio for design studies

Due to the current situa­tion, it is not necessary to submit port­fo­lios for the appli­ca­tion for the summer semester 2023 in any Bache­lor’s degree program.

4. Appti­tude Test

You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and your exam time slot one week before the online quali­fying exam. Please make sure that your email address is entered correctly in the appli­ca­tion documents. 

Once you log in via the link on exam day, you will be in a digital waiting room (displayed on screen: Please wait for the host to start this meeting). The waiting time can be up to one hour. Once it is your turn, you will be brought into the digital meeting room with the appro­priate profes­sors and academic staff and your quali­fying exam will begin (appro­xi­mately 15 minutes). 

5. Moti­va­tional interview

During the inter­view as part of the online apti­tude test, you will present your home­work and any exis­ting work to profes­sors and students at the HfG. Of course, we are also inte­rested in why you would like to study at the HfG.


We will contact you as soon as possible with your results by mail. The semester starts in the middle of March or the first week of October.