Aptitude Test Bachelor Design and Teacher Training at Vocational Colleges

Brief overview

DepartmentMünster School of Design
IntakeWinter semester & summer semester
CharacteristicsPassing the aptitude test is a prerequisite for applying to study at MSD | Münster School of Design.

Requirements and registration

Entrance requirements

There are no particular prerequisites for registering for the aptitude test. You only need to provide evidence of your higher education entrance qualification when applying for a place on the degree programme.

RegistrationThe closing date for registrations
is on 01.10.2019.

Register online

Detailed description of the aptitude test

The aim of the aptitude test is to determine applicants’ creative aptitude. After all, only candidates with an aptitude for the specific degree programme have the basis for completing the degree with success.

How and when can I register for the aptitude test?

Registration for the aptitude test takes place online. For this purpose, our Applicants’ Portal (myFH) is accessible from 15 January to 15 March and from 1 August to 1 October. If you wish to embark on your degree programme in the winter semester, please register for the aptitude test in spring. If you wish to embark on your degree programme in the summer semester, please register for the aptitude test in summer.

Any time during the registration period, you can activate the “Direkt anmelden” (Register directly) button at the top of the page, which will direct you to the process for registering to the Applicants’ Portal, and then to the aptitude test. Once the registration phase has come to a close, you will receive an email from us containing an invitation to the aptitude test, stating the exact test dates. The portfolio theme will also be announced then.

How will I find out about the theme for my portfolio?

After the last day of the registration period, we will announce the theme for the application portfolio on our website. We will also send an email to all candidates who have registered for the aptitude test.

When and where should I submit my portfolio?

Once the theme has been announced, you will have six weeks to prepare your portfolio. All candidates will be notified by Münster School of Design by email of the date by which the portfolio with your work samples shall be submitted. Please bring your portfolio in person to Münster School of Design on the first day of the test at the time stated in the email. The exact address and room number will also be stated in the letter of invitation. Please label your portfolio clearly with your name and application number. Stating your application number is essential for the formal course of the procedure.

What should my portfolio entail?

The portfolio, containing between 10 and a maximum of 20 samples of your work, should be no larger than 70 x 100 cm.

All kinds of associations and concepts related to the set theme can be explored across media. What is expected is a subjective interpretation of the assignment and the resulting visual realisation – which should be as diverse as possible in terms of presentation and technique.


Your work should demonstrate that you are capable of thinking conceptually and of developing your own ideas. For this reason, your portfolio should also document the development process and any sketches you made in the process.


The only restriction in your choice of means of representation is that you may not submit any three-dimensional models. Any three-dimensional models you wish to present must be illustrated in photos (minimum format 13x18 cm) and/or renderings.

The portfolio for submission for the aptitude test must contain the following:

  • Numbered samples of your work (a maximum of 20, originals only)
  • A numbered index of your work samples
  • A signed declaration confirming that you created all of the pieces on your own, without outside assistance

What is the procedure for the aptitude test?

The aptitude test consists of two parts, taken on two consecutive days:

Day 1: Review of applicants’ portfolios

Admission to the practical part of the test on the second day is dependent on the creative quality of the work samples you submitted in your portfolio, which will be assessed by professors who teach at Münster School of Design, taking into account the following aspects: imaginativeness, design skills, and the creative and experimental exploration of the theme.

The results will be posted on the notice board in the MSA foyer after 18:00.

Day 2: Practical part of the test / presentation

Candidates will be told about the assignment immediately before the practical part of the test. MSA teaching staff will assess your work using the same criteria as for the work samples you submitted. The results of the practical test will be reviewed in a subsequent presentation and discussion with each applicant.

Please bring with you: paper, scissors, pencils, brushes, paints, glue etc.

When will I get the results of my aptitude test?

The results of the practical test (pass/fail) will be posted on the notice board in the MSA foyer once the test has ended. You will receive written notice of the final result of your aptitude test a few days later.

For how long is the result of my aptitude test valid?

Once the aptitude test has been passed, it is generally valid for the four application periods following the date on which aptitude was determined.

For example: If you passed the aptitude test in spring 2017, in theory, you can apply to start studying at MSA for the following intakes:

  • Winter semester 2017/2018
  • Summer semester 2018
  • Winter semester 2018/19
  • Summer semester 2019

What if I fail the aptitude test?

If you fail the aptitude test, you have one more chance to take it again. To take the test a second time, simply register for the aptitude test again within the deadlines above. You can only apply for a place at MSA once you have passed the aptitude test.

Will I get my portfolio back after the aptitude test?

Applicants whose submitted work samples failed to demonstrate aptitude for studying at Münster School of Design must collect their work samples on the evening of Day 1, after the portfolios have been reviewed. Portfolios cannot be placed in storage.

Applicants who take the practical part of the test can collect the application portfolios containing their work samples on Day 2, once the examination committees have finished assessing the practical test. For administrative reasons, there are only two other dates after this when application portfolios can be collected. Written authorisation must be presented by third parties wishing to collect a portfolio on an applicant’s behalf.

Applicants shall bear the risk of storing and transporting portfolios and work samples, from submission to collection. No liability is assumed for work samples not collected at the stipulated time or for damage of any kind.

Other aptitude tests and selection procedures for which you can register directly with the degree programme or School:

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