You can find answers to all questions concerning your application here:
1. Your Application Documents
We accept new students twice a year in all degree programs. You must register and apply via our online application portal by May 15 or November 15 (cut-off deadline). Please have the following documents ready in digital form for your application:
- 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
For a second degree program, these documents are also required:
- Transcript of Records, certificate of exmatriculation / course of study,
- Certified degree certificate (if applicable, vocationally qualified university degree)
After your application has been reviewed by the university, you will receive an email with all relevant information regarding the Apptitude Test.
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. Online Application Portal
You can use this link to register on the university’s own portal during the application phase and then apply for a degree program of your choice. The application phases are always from the beginning of April to mid-May and from the beginning of October to mid-November.
Having trouble applying through the portal?
Your application should be submitted to us through our new online portal. If you have any problems, contact support first. You can reach the support via the e‑mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. If the problem cannot be resolved or you are unable to complete your application online for any other reason, we will accept applications by mail in an emergency. In this case, send application form and the rest of your documents to the following address:
Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd
73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd
3. Solve a Design Task
The homework is available for download here around 6 – 8 weeks before the qualifying examination. This homework already relates to your course of study.
Please have your solution to the homework assignment (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.
4. Your work samples / Portfolio for design studies
Classic portfolios are no longer a requirement for any degree program.
For admission to the Product Design and Communication Design courses, in addition to completing the homework assignment, it is also compulsory to prepare 12 to 15 self-made work samples, e.g. two-dimensional works, films, models and animations, with a legible name and date of creation, and, if applicable, to store them digitally. Please have these work samples prepared as digital files (PowerPoint, pdf or similar) for the online aptitude test on the respective device, just like the homework.
In the courses of study Interaction Design and Digital Product Design and Development, work samples are optional.
5. Apptitude Test
Approx. a week before the aptitude test, you will receive an email with an invitation to the aptitude test. This email will inform you about the date and time, as well as your applicant number. Using your applicant number, you can log into the university platform: hfg.design. There you can find important information about the admission examination, and also a personal link to the online examination. The aptitude test will conducted via Zoom.
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.