Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences School of Design

mission statement

Design stands for the development of creative, intelligent and sustainable solutions in the dynamic interface between society, the arts and technology, between strategic economic management and interdisciplinary scientific thinking. Pforzheim University / School of Design bases it's educational goal on connecting these factors of success with the goal of teaching sustainable design on the highest aesthetic and technical level. Quality and a sense of responsibility define the center point of thinking and taking action, as our students will be deciding influences on culture, economic success, identity and acceptance of companies and the developing aesthetic understanding of our society.

international role

We cultivate an active exchange with over 19 partner schools worldwide, some are individually study program specific and others applicable to several study programs. Participation in internationally well known trade fairs opens our activities to a larger audience, providing participating students with invaluable, international feedback and experience. We also place a high value and emphasis on participation in international competitions, take part in international symposiums, and are actively involved in organizing them as well, such as the biannual international Transportation Design Symposium.

national role

We are content to have qualified and vivid cooperations with industries and universities such as international operating companies (e.g. Daimler, VW, Audi, Miele, Kärcher, Duravit...) and nationwide workshops involving students from faculties of architecture, design and art (funded by Bayer, Grohe, Henkel...). On the other hand we also connect to regional business´ coining a Corporate Identity for the region of northern black forest or being an active member in chamber of commerce.

main focus

Both the BA and MA programs aim to help our students develop into independent thinking, successful and sustainable designers, able to work in their chosen fields and be active contributors to the ongoing development of their professions. A profound breadth in the fine and theoretical arts is the critical foundation for all study programs, giving our students a unique basis for developing individual aesthetic and critical thinking approaches. While different study programs emphasize different attributes, the ability to conceptualize, to synthesize new aesthetic and problem-solving strategies is tightly woven to material- and form-sensitive explorations and realisations.

faculties and departments

Pforzheim University School of Design hosts various departments with a focus on Accessory Design, New Jewelry, Fashion Design, Industrial Design,Transportation Design, Intermedial Design, Visual Communications and creative Direction. Moreover it offers a cross-departmental education in Fine Art principles and practices for designers.

bachelor level programs

Pforzheim University School of Design offers six Bachelor degree programs in the area of
- Accessory Design,
- New Jewelry,
- Fashion,
- Industrial Design,
- Transportation Design,
- Visual Communications
with an option of different pathways.

master level programs

Pforzheim University School of Design currently offers two postgraduate degree programs, which takes 3 semesters to complete. The consecutive master’s program in Transportation Design requires an undergraduate degree in a similar field whereas the master’s program in Creative Direction demands
an inter- and transdisciplinary design approach with a focus on creative leadership strategies.

research activity and main areas

Pforzheim University / School of Design places great importance in the area of design theory. We are in the process of establishing an institute for design theory and research in conjunction with the appointment of a new professor. The relatively young field of design is just beginning to research and reappraise its own cultural and sociological roots. This area charts practically unknown territory, giving Pforzheim the opportunity for internationally ground-breaking and curriculum-enhancing contributions to this increasingly important field. Traditionally, another focus of research has been in the area of materials, albeit more project-related. This has been predominant in the department of Jewelry and Everyday Objects, which contains the largest facility for electroplating processes of any school in Europe. Here as well we are in the process of expanding the research activities incuding new form-giving applications and the development of sustainable, user-friendly processes.

doctorate level programs

n/a

subject areas for exchange students

All courses / modules in the degree programs (inclusive the Fine Arts & Sciences) of the School of Design. Admission is based on recommendations of partner universities. Additional admission requirements for graduate programs – please check the requirements of the Master’s program

application deadlines

For summer semester: October 30
For winter semester: June 15

teaching languages

Primarily German, many class discussions are held in English as well due to the high number of foreign students

semester dates

Summer semester mid March to mid July
Winter semester mid October to mid February

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Tuition: free, admission fees approx. € 60; living costs about € 550 per month
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