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 registering and passing the aptitude test, an online application is mandatory. (See chapter 7: Online Application Portal for details). Please note that the next application period is for winter semester 2022/23.
1. Dates and Deadlines
Submmission deadline for winter semester 2021/22 has passed.
Questions related to the degree programme and portfolio assessment:
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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. Portfolio advice
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.
5. Submission deadline
Deadline for applications for winter semester 2021/22 has passed. Please note that the next application period is for winter semester 2022/23.
6. 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 online using our online application portal to start the enrolment process. Deadlines for the next application period in winter semester 2022/23 will be announced here. Please note that the online application is mandatory.