Design (Bachelor)

Brief overview

DegreeBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
DepartmentMünster School of Design
Special type of studyfull-time
IntakeWinter semester & summer semester
Standard period of study7 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee

Requirements and application

Admissions restrictions Local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementBefore you can start this Bachelor programme, you must have completed a 13-week pre-study placement.

The internship can be completed either in one company or in two different companies. Either it comprises 13 weeks full-time at a stretch or you divide it into 6 and 7 weeks (also full-time).
Additional entrance requirements

Language requirements:

Applicants who did not acquire their study qualification at a German-speaking institution must demonstrate that they have knowledge of German at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), for example by proving that they have passed the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average score of ‘4’, or must furnish equivalent proof.

Before you can be admitted to the programme, you must demonstrate your creative aptitude. To this end, Münster School of Design holds aptitude tests twice a year. You can register online to take this test by 1 October (for the summer semester) or by 15 March (for the winter semester). The two-day aptitude test consists of two parts:

1. An examination of your portfolio, i.e. the samples of your creative work contained in your application portfolio will be assessed. Professors from Münster School of Design will evaluate your portfolio, considering the following aspects: inventiveness, design skills, and your creative and experimental exploration of the topic.

2. A practical test involving two creative assignments. Only those who have passed the portfolio examination will be admitted to the practical part of the test.
ApplicationThe application period for the winter semester begins on 29 April.

Detailed description of the degree programme

Think, illustrate, design and process – a good design is the result of a complex work process. In our Bachelor programme, you will learn the necessary foundations for this process. You will also have the opportunity to develop your individual skills in one of four specialisations: Product Design, Communication Design, Media Design, and Illustration. Hence Münster School of Design is one of just a handful of locations in Germany that offer an integrated Bachelor programme which will prepare you optimally for a career in design.


We offer you up-to-date, future-oriented training, enabling you to develop the methodological, technical and creative skills required to help shape our environment independently, critically and responsibly. After completing your degree, you will be able to shed light on issues in a holistic and critical manner, and to anticipate and avert any potential problems, taking account of cultural differences, where needed. By combining theory with practice, you will discover new perspectives and methods, enabling you to develop your own creative stance and approach.

Occupational fields

Designers set trends. They influence the ‘face’ of a product and the image of a company, or help to make objects more ergonomic. Designers are also in high demand in the fields of market research, marketing and product management. The many practical projects involved in the Bachelor programme will prepare you well for employment in the different occupational fields, e.g. as a product designer in industry, an illustrator for a publisher, or a self-employed media or communication designer with your own agency.

Content and course sequence

In the Bachelor programme in Design, you can choose one of four specialisations: Communication Design, Illustration, Media Design, and Product Design. Unlike at other universities, however, we let you decide on your chosen specialisation at a later stage, usually between the second and third semesters. The advantage is that you will have more time to discover where your strengths lie.

You will start your degree programme in Design by taking Design Theory, which involves learning the principles of perception and design by experimentation and using different methods. We are convinced that the only way for you to identify your creative strengths is to do practical, creative work. This is why we give you the freedom to experiment in numerous exercise classes and in our studios and workshops – without having to limit yourself to one particular focal theme. Since all four disciplines are closely dovetailed, you will keep an open mind about the different working practices applied in each area. Depending on your personal preferences and interests, you can choose which skills and specialisations to focus on at a later stage.

Your programme concludes with a Bachelor project, which will be presented to the general public in the exhibition of graduates’ work, called ‘Parcours’.

Why choose us

  • Integrated study model

In many courses, you will team up with students from other specialisations to find integrative solutions for a specific project assignment. For example, media designers collaborate with communication and product designers to create various elements of an exhibition: not only a poster and catalogue, but also an interactive information point, a website and the exhibition architecture.

  • Close supervision

Our teaching staff will be there to advise you throughout your degree programme. There are fewer than 20 students to each member of staff. We also offer field trips and study tours lasting several days, where you will discover new aspects about the subject and exchange ideas with your professors and other students.

  • Industry contacts

We cooperate with industrial partners, giving you the chance to tackle real assignments and establish contacts with key players in the industry.

  • International outlook

We have international contacts at teaching level and an extensive network of partner universities in Europe, Egypt, Korea, Israel, Turkey and Canada.

  • Creative environment

Münster School of Design is located on the Leonardo Campus, a stone’s throw from the Academy of Fine Arts and Münster School of Architecture. This creative environment and the new, modern building offer excellent conditions for developing your creativity.

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