Ques­tions about Bachelor Applications

Studierende der HfG

What skills and inte­rests do I need to study at the HfG?

You are curious, can think analy­ti­cally and under­stand complex issues? Your main inte­rest is in design that focuses on people? You can reco­gnize design problems, whether in indus­tri­ally manu­fac­tured objects, in visual commu­ni­ca­tion or in dealing with inter­ac­tive appli­ca­tions? You want to visua­lize and realize solu­tions profes­sio­nally? Then you are exactly right for us!

Is the Univer­sity of Applied Sciences a state accredited university?

Yes, the Univer­sity of Applied Sciences a state accredited univer­sity? All courses of study are accredited. 

Are there tuition fees at the HfG?

We are a state-run univer­sity, so you only have to pay the admi­nis­tra­tion fee of 131 euros per semester. For the winter semester 2017 – 2018, Baden-Würt­tem­berg has intro­duced tuition fees of 1,500 euros per semester for students who come from outside the EU for the purpose of studying. These fees are in addi­tion to the admi­nis­tra­tion fee. If the Master’s programme is completed as a second degree course, tuition fees of 650 euros per semester will be charged in addi­tion to the admi­nis­tra­tive costs contribution.

I’m looking for a crea­tive course of study. But do I have to draw really well?

We do not require know­ledge of drawing, so that a tree or portrait can be repro­duced realisti­cally. You should have a feeling for spatial rela­ti­ons­hips and be able to sketch your ideas. Your crea­ti­vity is needed when you are looking for and finding crea­tive solu­tions for current and future problems.

Do I need to be able to program for Inter­ac­tion Design or Internet of Things?

We do not require programming know­ledge. In the first semes­ters you learn the necessary programming languages. Further­more, the HfG offers free tuto­rials in which you can expand your basic knowledge.

Can I also study at the HfG without the German Univer­sity Quali­fi­ca­tions Exam?

You must be able to show that you have an advanced tech­nical college entrance quali­fi­ca­tion, a general or subject-specific higher educa­tion entrance quali­fi­ca­tion, an equi­va­lent univer­sity entrance quali­fi­ca­tion or a special talent.

Do I have to have completed a pre-study internship or already completed an apprenticeship?

No. For example, know­ledge of craft­s­manship is an advan­tage for studying product design, but is not a prere­qui­site for admis­sion. The HfG’s work­shop mana­gers offer intro­duc­tory courses for all areas such as wood, metal or plastics proces­sing and will advise you on your project work. In the mate­rial library, you will also get a compre­hen­sive over­view of mate­rials from which you can make your proto­types and products.

How do I apply for Bachelor studies?

We must receive your appli­ca­tion docu­ments by May 15 or November 15. For the winter semester 2022/2023, the online apti­tude test via Zoom will take place in June. If your appli­ca­tion is complete, you will receive a link and your exam time slot appro­xi­mately one week before the exam (please provide the correct email address when applying). Prepare your solu­tion to the task set by us for this date (will be published on our website approx. 6 weeks before the quali­fying exami­na­tion) and, if avail­able, a digital presen­ta­tion of your work samples.

Is there a design program without a portfolio?

For the appli­ca­tion for the winter semester 2022/2023, port­fo­lios do not have to be submitted for any Bache­lor’s program. However, approx. 6 weeks before the online apti­tude test, an assign­ment will be published on our website. Please have the solu­tion to this home­work and, if avail­able, your own work in a maximum of 10 photos or screens (digital: Power­Point, PDF or similar) ready for the online apti­tude test on your computer or tablet. Using the screen sharing func­tion, you have the oppor­tu­nity to present your solu­tion and work samples digi­tally during the inter­view (approx. 5 minutes).

What happens on the day of the apti­tude test?

You will receive a Zoom link and your test time slot of appro­xi­mately one hour appro­xi­mately one week before the June quali­fying test. On the day of the test, the link will take you to the digital waiting room for the quali­fying test (Please wait for the host to start this meeting). The exami­ners will bring you into the virtual meeting room for a 15 minute conver­sa­tion. During this time, you will also explain your solu­tion to the given task and present your work samples, if avail­able, via screen sharing. Unfor­tu­n­a­tely, there may be waiting times of up to one hour during the examination.

Which degrees can I acquire at the UAS? Is there a Bachelor of Design?

Here, you will complete your Bache­lor’s degree in commu­ni­ca­tion design, product design, inter­ac­tion design or the Internet of Things with the Bachelor of Arts. The Master of Stra­tegic Design is awarded a degree in Master of Arts.

Can I apply for more than one degree program?

You can only apply for one degree program per semester.