The University of Design Schwaebisch Gmuend (HfG)

mission statement

The aim of today's education lies not in the transfer of specific reproductive skills but in the cultivation of creative skills based on practical and scientific knowledge. The University has a generalist approach aimed at the encouragement of lateral thinking across a wide spectrum, from communication to product systems and environmental design, and at thrusting the designer to the forefront as a critic, mediator, and developer. In a rapidly changing culture an essential component of the philosophy is to enable the students to become autonomously self-developing and thus adaptable to continuous change.

main focus

Design

bachelor level programs

BA Product Design BA Communication Design BA Interaction Design BA Internet of Things Each BA course lasts 7 semesters

master level programs

MA Strategic Design 3 semesters

research activity and main areas

Currently under development

subject areas for exchange students

BA Communication, Product & Interaction Design

application deadlines

1st May for the Winter term, 1st November for the Summer term

teaching languages

German & English

semester dates

Winter semester: Beginning October – mid-February Summer semester: mid March – mid-July

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Ca 700 Euros

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