What are the application deadlines for the Master in Strategic Design?
We accept applicants for each winter and summer semester. Application deadline is 15 May and 15 November.
What kind of Bachelor’s degree do I need to have completed?
We require a successfully completed university degree (bachelor, diploma or equivalent) in communication, product or interaction design or another design relevant discipline.
How many ECTS credits do I need for a Masters Degree at the UAS?
You need 210 ECTS. If you only have 180 ECTS points, you can still apply for a place. If you get a place at our university, you have to make up the missing 30 ECTS points within one bridge semester. You will attend courses of your own choice from the Bachelor’s programmes at the HfG. This extends your study time from three to four semesters.
Is my Bachelor degree grade relevant?
To be admitted to the qualifying examination, you must have obtained your first university degree with a final grade of at least 2.5. In addition, we look at the overall picture that is presented to us through your application and the selection interview. Your submitted application counts once, the selection interview counts three times. Your total score will then be used to decide whether you will be offered a place at university, be placed on the waiting list or be rejected. This decision also depends on the quality of your competitors.
I am currently in the last semester of my bachelor’s degree. Can I apply without a diploma?
Yes, that is possible. This does not have much influence on the actual application process and the aptitude test. If you pass the admission procedure, you will be admitted to the program. However, we can only admit you conditionally, as your Bachelor’s degree certificate is still outstanding. But that doesn’t matter, you can hand in your university degree certificate as well as your exmatriculation certificate as soon as you have received them. It must be submitted to us by the beginning of the respective administrative semester at the latest. The administrative semester begins in summer on March 1 and in winter on September 1.
Please note that a declaration of acceptance and form for
immatriculation will be available via the online portal once you have
received your acceptance letter. Please fill out, sign and return these
documents by the given deadline, even if you are waiting for your
bachelor diploma and exmatriculation form.
What do I submit when applying for a master’s degree?
Besides the registration and application in the online portal, you will
also need to submit project sketches and a PDF with your work results.
With this link, you can register yourself in the university portal and then apply for the master study program.
What is a project sketch?
A project outline is comparable to an exposé. In it, you describe in a well-founded way how you would solve a relevant problem with creative means. Your project outline should not be about a project that you have already realized.
Is there an information day on the Master’s programme?
Every semester you have the opportunity to attend our information day for the Master’s program. This usually takes place at the beginning of each semester.
Where can I see what the students are doing in their studies?
You can gain an insight into the projects and contents of the Master’s program at the Master’s information day or at the semester exhibition, which always takes place at the end of the semester in all buildings of the university.
When will I receive confirmation of the selection interview?
If your application documents are complete and formally suitable, you will normally receive an invitation to a selection interview within three weeks of the application deadline.
When will I receive feedback on whether I have been granted a place to study?
If you have been granted a study place or if you are on the waiting list, you will usually be informed within three weeks after the selection interviews.
As an international applicant, do I need proof of my knowledge of German?
Yes, at the closing date for applications, you must have passed the DaF (TDN 4) or DSH‑2 tests.
As a foreign applicant, do I have to have my foreign certificates recognised?
Yes, you need to have your university entrance qualification recognised by the Studienkolleg (orgnanization which tests / qualifies foreign students for study in Germany) in Konstanz. Applicants from China must also enclose a certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the Cultural Department of the German Embassy in Beijing confirming the authenticity of the application documents.
Is the Master programme free of charge?
We are a state-run university, therefore only the administration fee of currently 136 Euro per semester is charged.
For the winter semester 2017/18, Baden-Württemberg has introduced tuition fees of 1,500 euros per semester for students coming 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.
By when do I have to enroll in the Master’s program after I have been accepted?
The enrollment must be applied for in writing within the period stipulated in the admission decision. Admission is only valid for the semester specified in the admission decision.