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 9: 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 (see paragraph “Format and Labelling” for details). 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.
Format and Labelling
Please submit your work in a portfolio measuring maximum 50 x 70 cm. We will accept folders or paper rolls. If you wish to present sculptures or 3D works, please hand in photographs only.
Make sure that your name is clearly visible in the bottom left corner of the cover. Each piece of work also has to be signed with your name.
In exceptional cases (e.g. candidates applying from abroad), you may submit your work in digital form (PDF format). The link you will need for registartion will be published here prior to the next application period.
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
Interested candidates are strongly advised to attend our portfolio advice session. If you intend to visit a special portfolio course to prepare for the aptitude test, please be aware that an external advice might not match our university’s expectations. For further information on our evaluation criteria, please read the text above.
The next portfolio advice session will be on Monday, March 23, 2020 from 3 pm - 5 pm.
Building 2 | 1st Floor | 02 01 525
6. Submission deadline and address
Deadline for applications for winter semester 2020/21 is May 13, 2020.
During the application period, please send your Portfolio to
Fakultät Kommunikation und Umwelt
You can also submit your portfolio in person (Office: Kamp-Lintfort Campus, Building 2, 1st Floor, Room 02 01 485). Please note the following opening times:
Mon-Fri from 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and Mon-Thur 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
In exceptional cases (e.g. candidates applying from abroad), you may submit your work in digital form preferably by email attachment. Send your portfolio in one single file (e.g. PDF or ZIP). You may send us a download link if the file has more than 10 MB. Please understand that we cannot consider applications including more than one link or scratch files (e.g. InDesign). You may, in case your files are very large, use a file-transfer-service (e.g. dropbox or wetransfer). Please make sure that the link is accessible without further registration and does not expire for at least 4 weeks after the submission deadline.
Make sure that you contact us from the same email address every time and that the email address you use includes your correct name – no pseudonym.
Please send your digital portfolio to portfolio-ICD@hsrw.eu
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.
8. Return of Portfolios
Please understand that portfolios cannot be sent back to you. Portfolios can be picked up in person 6 weeks after the results have been announced at our office (Kamp-Lintfort Campus, Building 2, 1st Floor, Room 02 01 485) at the following opening times (by appointment):
Mon-Fri from 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Mon-Thur from 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
In exceptional cases (e.g. if you would like to revise your work and take part in another application process), portfolios can be picked up prior to the stated period. When picking up your portfolio prior to the end of the 6 weeks' period, you waive your right to object.*
Please note that your portfolio will only be retained for a maximum of two years.
The applicant may lodge an objection within one month from receipt of the decision. Objections must be submitted in writing or made in person for recording with Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Marie-Curie-Straße 1, 47533 Kleve
Please also apply using our online application portal to start the enrolment process. Please note that the online application is mandatory.