Appli­ca­tion Questions

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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. 

Ich bin aktuell im letzten Semester meines Bache­lor­stu­diums, kann ich mich auch ohne Abschluss­zeugnis bereits bewerben?

Ja, das ist möglich. Auf den eigent­li­chen Bewer­bungs­pro­zess und die Eignungs­prü­fung nimmt das keinen großen Einfluss. Wenn du das Aufnah­me­ver­fahren bestanden hast, wirst du für das Studium zuge­lassen. Aller­dings können wir dich nur unter Vorbe­halt zulassen, da dein Bache­lor­zeugnis noch aussteht. Das macht aber nichts, dein Hoch­schul­ab­schluss­zeugnis sowie deine Exma­tri­ku­la­ti­ons­be­schei­ni­gung reichst du nach, sobald du sie erhalten hast. Es muss spätes­tens bis Beginn des jewei­ligen Verwal­tungs­se­mes­ters bei uns vorliegen. Das Verwal­tungs­se­mester beginnt im Sommer am 1. März und im Winter am 1. September.

Beachte aber, dass du mit dem Zulas­sungs­be­scheid bereits eine Annah­me­er­klä­rung und einen Antrag auf Einschrei­bung erhältst. Bitte reiche diese voll­ständig ausge­füllt und unter­schrie­benen regulär zur genannten Frist ein, auch wenn du dein Bache­lor­zeugnis und die Exma­tri­ku­la­ti­ons­be­schei­ni­gung noch nicht hast.

What do I submit when applying for a master’s degree?

In addi­tion to the appli­ca­tion form, you need a project outline you have written yourself and one to three samples of your work, which you submit to us using the appli­ca­tion form. A port­folio is not necessary.

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.

Can I also submit my appli­ca­tion online?

Please submit your appli­ca­tion form and all necessary docu­ments by mail or personally.

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 131 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.