due to the current situation you can only submit your portfolio in digital form. Works that are not yet in digital form can be scanned or photographed. Please understand that we cannot offer face to face portfolio advice sessions this year.
For more details, please see below.
In order to be admitted to the degree programme Information and Communication Design, candidates need to pass an aptitude test regarding their artistic/creative capability, as well as presenting corresponding university entrance qualifications. The aptitude test is necessary to ensure that candidates are capable of studying a creative subject.
Please note that apart from passing the aptitude test, an online application is mandatory. (See chapter 8: Online Application Portal for details)
1. Dates and Deadlines
Submmission deadline for winter semester 2020/21 is May 13, 2020.
Degree programme related questions:
Questions related to portfolio assessment:
For all other questions, please contact our Student Service Center:
Prospective students can find a contact form and FAQs here.
Rhine-Waal students can find a contact form and FAQs here.
Exchange students please contact our International Office.
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3. Application Portfolio
In order to assess your artistic/creative capability, we need to see some examples of your work. Please submit a portfolio with 10 creative examples. They should give an impression of you and your interests. This is why we want you to decide for yourself which topic you would like to focus on and which presentation techniques you would like to use. The main objective is to visualise your interest in design and your creative talent. Your work should convey what you are trying to say without the need for any additional explanation.
Most of all we are interested in creativity and richness of ideas. Your work can scarcely be too daring or too unconventional. We are going to assess your concepts and ideas rather than the perfection of your techniques – the later are subject to your studies.
The submitted work will be assessed according to the following criteria: power of observation, imagination and presentation skills. We recommend that you do not submit factual drawings featuring a lifelike reproduction of an object, as these do not reveal enough of you and your talent.
You may hand in paintings, drawings, texts, collages, photographs, films or photographs of 3D works. Any means of artistic representation is permitted. Simply use the methods that you like working with. The ability to draw is explicitly not a prerequisite for admission to the course - but if you can draw well, you may of course use your talent.
The works you submit do not have to be on the same topic.
4. Application Form
You need to complete the application form which you can find in the download section and submit it with your portfolio. Please note that your application cannot be processed without the form.
5. Portfolio advice session
In order to get our feedback, you are welcome to submit your work in digital form by email attachment to portfolio-ICD@hsrw.eu. Please send your portfolio in one single PDF file of max 10 MB.
6. Submission deadline and address
Deadline for applications for winter semester 2020/21 is May 13, 2020.
Please note that due to the current situation you can only submit your work in digital form. You need to send your portfolio in one single file (e.g. PDF or ZIP) of max 10 MB. Please understand that we cannot consider applications including more than one link or scratch files (e.g. InDesign).
The link to upload your file will be published here soon.
7. Information on Results
You will receive the results of your application shortly after your portfolio has been assessed. German applicants will be informed by letter and email; international applicants by email only. Experience has shown that mails are sometimes send to spam by mistake, so we would advice you to check your spam folder regularly.
Please also apply using our online application portal to start the enrolment process. Please note that the online application is mandatory.