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
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.