Your Bachelor Studies at the HfG

The appli­ca­tion process for the winter semester 2023/2024 will take place online (subject to change).

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.

Online Application Portal

  • 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 helpdesk@hfg-gmuend.de. 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
    Studie­ren­den­se­kre­ta­riat
    Rektor-Klaus-Straße 100
    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. Apti­tude test

Appro­xi­m­ately one week before the apti­tude test, you will receive an email invi­ting you to the apti­tude test. In this email you will be informed of the date, time and your appli­cant number. You can then use your appli­cant number to log in via the univer­sity plat­form hfg.design. Here you will not only find all the important infor­ma­tion about the entrance exam, but also your indi­vi­dual link to the exam.


More detailed infor­ma­tion on the apti­tude test will follow in the coming weeks.

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.

Done!

We will contact you with your result as quickly as possible. The semester will pros­pec­tively begin during the first week of October or middle of March.