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    Top Design Colleges in Germany

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    With more than 100 design companies of various industries in Germany and some being the top recruiters of the country, make it the ideal destination to follow your creative career in design studies and get a highly respected degree of the same. There are more than 20 design schools in Germany. 

    Design is one of those artistic fields of study that needs both practical and theoretical knowledge for the development of any structure or system, and Germany undoubtedly has the entire required infrastructure to provide the same.

    • There are 2 design colleges in Germany ranking under top 100 global universities, as per QS rankings.
    • German universities invite applications to study design for summer and winter sessions.
    • German cities like Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Koln and Munich h

    ave better opportunities in the design job sector.

    Top Design Schools in Germany

    To know the worldwide rankings of the design colleges in Germany plays an important role when planning to have a future in that course from Germany. Compiled below is the list of globally ranked universities to study design in Germany, along with programs offered.

    University/College QS Global Rankings 2020 Popular Design Programs
    Berlin University of the Arts 40 Bachelor of Arts in Design & Master of Arts in Design
    Bauhaus University 51 Bachelor of Media Arts in Design; Master of Media Arts in Design; & Ph.D. in Design
    University of Stuttgart 279 Bachelor of Arts in Design; Master of Arts/Master of Science in Design; & Ph.D. in Design
    University of Duisburg 601 Master of Art and Design Science
    Leibniz University of Hannover 651 Bachelor of Science in Color Technology and Interior Decoration

    Design Schools in Germany: Specializations & Degree Types

    Design studies is an emerging subject in Germany and has quite a few specializations as mentioned underneath. Starting from fashion being on the top of the design industry in Germany, followed by architectural and graphic designing, the subject has stored everything in it that one can take up when planning to pursue this evolving course. 

    Specializations
    Stage Design Interaction Design
    Product Design Costume Design
    Fashion Design Strategic Design
    Interior Decoration Urban Design
    Audio Design Media and communication Design
    Web Design Graphic Design

    Design Colleges in Germany: Degrees Offered

    Though Germany aces the world for its research and development degrees, design courses in Germany are pacing up to catch-up with world class education. Design in Germany is available through the following types of degrees:

    • Undergraduate Courses: 3-3.5 Years full time bachelor degree as BA, BSc
    • Graduate Courses: 1.5-2 Year full time master degree as MA, MSc
    • Doctoral Courses: 3-5 Year full time doctoral degree as Doctor of Philosophy.

    Design Schools in Germany: Undergraduate Courses

    A bachelor in design in Germany can be that elementary course to undertake for giving your career a kick-start in the creative field of choice. The entry-level salary for the one with a bachelor’s degree in design in Germany can be more than 60,000 EUR annually, and an experience of a few months or a year may even see an addition of 15% in the salary.

    Presented below are a few popular bachelor programs in design in Germany that one can discover.

    Popular Program University/College Duration Average fee (EUR)
    B.A in Stage Design Berlin University of the Arts 3 Years No tuition
    Product Design & Fashion Design 4 years
    Costume Design 3 years
    B.Sc. in Color Technology and Interior Decoration Leibniz University of Hannover 3 years No tuition
    B.A in Fashion Design, Media and communication Design Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Berlin 3.5 Years 10,600/year
    B.A in Audio Design Berlin School of Popular Arts 3.5 Years 750/module
    , Interaction Design CODE University of Applied Sciences, Berlin 3 years 10,923/year
    B.A in Interior Design Berlin International University of Applied Sciences 3 years 7,920/year

    Eligibility for Bachelors in Design in Germany

    Pursuing a bachelor degree in Design from Germany may come with few separate procedures to accomplish, and therefore, assembled under are the important eligibility principles that all the willing students must keep a note of:

    • A high school degree is compulsory.
    • Official school leaving records are needed. 
    • Language proficiency scores:
      • TOEFL: 75-100
      • IELTS: 7 or more
      • TESTDAF: Level 2
      •  DSD II: Minimum B in all sections
      • Goethe Certificate-C1 Level
    • Some work samples portfolios or related documents may be required while admissions. 

    Bachelors in Design in Germany: Documents Required

    The documents as follows are essential to study bachelors in design in Germany:

    • Academic Transcripts
    • Evidence of Health Insurance
    • Proof of Sufficient Financial Resources
    • Current Photo for ID
    • Valid National Passport and German Student Visa

    Cost of Studying Bachelors in Design in Germany

    Cost to study an undergraduate degree in design in Germany may differ based on certain undergraduate programs and the university one selects, but on an average annually, it may charge no tuition fees to 11,000 EUR.

     International students can look for different scholarships for bachelor programs in Germany. Some of the universities have the facility of merit based departmental scholarships as well. 

    Design Schools in Germany: Graduate Courses

    With 2,40,000 students enrolling every year for their higher studies in Germany, makes a graduate degree as one of the popular one among the international students to pursue in Germany.

    A design professional with a master degree can earn more than 90,000 EUR on an average annually. Here are some of the prevalent master degrees in design in Germany, along with the cost and duration required.

    Popular Program University/College Duration Average fee (EUR)
    Master of Art and Design Science University of Duisburg 2 Years No tuition
    M.Sc. in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design University of Stuttgart 2 Years 3,063/ year
    M.A Stage Design Berlin University of the Arts 2 Years No tuition
    Product Design & Fashion Design;Costume Design 1 years
    Master of Media Arts in Design Bauhaus University 2 Years No tuition
    M.A in Strategic Design Berlin School of Design and Communication 2 Years 900/module
    M.A in Design Management Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, Berlin 1.5 Years 6,500/ year
    M.Sc. in Urban Design TU Berlin 2 Years No tuition

    Eligibility for Masters in Design in Germany

    In order to apply for a graduate program at design colleges in Germany, individuals may check the below gathered criteria to fulfill-

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
    • GRE scores are needed.
    • Proof of English proficiency:
      • TOEFL: 75-100
      • IELTS: 7 or more
    • German Language Proficiency cut-offs: 
      • TESTDAF: Level 2
      •  DSD II: Minimum B in all sections
      • Goethe Certificate- C1 Level.
    • Students may have to fulfill all the principles set by corresponding universities and departments.

    Masters in Design in Germany: Documents Required

    All the international students must confirm to have the following documents when applying in German Universities for masters in design:

    • Records of Transcripts
    • Current Resume
    • Artistic Documents:
      • Portfolios- samples of designs
      • Project Outline- conceptual artistic project with reference to the annual Master's main topic
    • Letter of Motivation
    • Health Insurance Certificate of the Student
    • Valid National Passport and German Student Visa

    Cost of Studying Masters in Design in Germany

    To study masters in design in Germany can cost international students from no tuition fee to 7,000 EUR approximately, depending upon the course and college one selects. This money discharge is also dependent on the choice of program selected. Numerous scholarships for international masters students in Germany are available to provide help and support.

    Design Schools in Germany: Doctorate Courses

    A Ph.D. from Germany is famous for a lot of reasons, and some being free adult education, plenty of scholarships available, well-maintained infrastructure and many more to make study in Germany a right choice for doctorate candidates.

    With 10.8% of the students doing research studies every year in Germany, let us have a look onto the Ph.D. programs available in design in Germany with a duration of not more than 3 to 5 years. 

    Popular Program University/College Duration (Years)
    Ph.D. in Integrated Circuit Design Technical University of Munich 3 to 5
    Ph.D. in Interior-Architectural Design University of Stuttgart 3 to 5
    Ph.D. in of Media Arts in Design Bauhaus University 3 to 5
    Ph.D. in Information and Communication Design Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences 3 to 5
    Ph.D. in Business System Lightning Design Wismar University of Applied Sciences 3 to 5

    Eligibility for Ph.D. in Design in Germany

    Applicants willing to apply for Ph.D. at design colleges in Germany must ensure to have few simple qualifications. Some of the required eligibility criteria are listed below that may or may not apply in all the cases:

    • It is highly suggested to have a good academic record both in undergraduate and graduate degree (70% or B-)
    • International students should have GRE scores.
    •  Students must get their research paper approved by the concerned universities.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS- 7 or more & TOEFL- 75-100) is compulsory for all the international students.
    • German language proficiency test is compulsory.
    • Universities may conduct internet-based tests, revised paper-delivered tests and paper based tests.

    Ph.D. in Design in Germany: Documents Required

    The documents essential for pursuing Ph.D. in design in Germany can be generally listed into the following:

    • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
    • Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
    •  Resume/CV
    • Artistic Documents:
      • Portfolios- samples of designs
      • Project Outline- conceptual artistic project with reference to the annual Master's main topic
    • Internship Certificate
    • Most Current Photo
    • Past Academic Transcripts
    • Scores of tests required for studying in Germany
    • Approved Thesis

    Cost of Studying Ph.D. in Design in Germany

    To study a doctoral program at design colleges in Germany usually costs nothing to any aspirant. However, some minimal cost may require to be borne as semester charges and the rest might include the cost of living in Germany. Though the costs are minimum, international students on budget can apply for scholarships available for doctoral programs in Germany.

    Scholarship Available to Study Design in Germany

    With more than 3,70,000 students coming to study every year in Germany, the cost to study here seems lesser than other European countries, but the cost of living in Germany can be expensive and to ease the matter, mentioned below are few scholarships available in Germany to study design.

    Scholarship Name Offered To Award (EUR) No, of Scholarships
    Heinrich Boll Scholarships Bachelors, masters & doctoral Variable 1200
    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships in Germany postgraduate programs 850 per month for two years -
    Deutschland Stipendium National Scholarship Program Bachelors and masters programs 300 per month Variable
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship Bachelors, masters & doctoral international students at German higher institution of education Variable 40
    Bharat Petroleum Scholarship Indian students pursuing postgraduate programs Variable Variable

    Design Schools in Germany: Scope

    The average salary of a skilled designer in Germany, irrespective of the industry may range from 1,15,000 EUR to 1,25,000 EUR annually and the salary trend of the same sector has seen a growth of 4% over the last 3 years. Not only the salary drift but also the design experts have been found to enjoy a bonus of 2% to 7% annually.

    The design industry of Germany is huge and has various sectors for functioning of skills acquired through different design specializations. Listed below are the few top recruiters in Germany of respective design industries that one can explore.

    Product Design Web Design Interior Design Fashion Design
    YND Media Web IMM Cologne Farfetch
    ITO Design UX Studio Joi-Design Zalando
    Brains & Hearts Idealogic Kitzig Interior Design Mytheresa
    Constin Gmbh Doc Yard Susanne Kaiser Hugo Boss
    Marwin NOT ALL BAD 4a-Architekten Ralph Lauren

    Accumulated beneath are few of the jobs available in Germany by some of the top recruiting companies of the design industries with their average salary in EUR.

    Designation Average Salary in EUR (Monthly)
    Designer 4,000 to 6220
    Product Designer 7,450 to 14,300
    Media Production Designer 5000 to 10,000
    Graphic Designer 4,565 to 7,980
    Interaction Designer 4,000 to 7,350
    Director of Graphic Design 6,000 to 11,900
    Creative Designer 5,456 to 11,400
    Fashion Designer 7,240 to 14,500
    Web Designer 4,667 to 7,450
    UX Designer 4,300 to 7,750

    Design in Germany can be considered as one of the most developing career opportunities with the industry witnessing an increment of 9% every 15 Months. The job zone of design in Germany also awards the professionals with a good level of experience by a surge of 20% to 30% in the salary than those who are fresher in the same field.

    Apart from the low cost educational facilities that design colleges in Germany offers to the international students, the rate of visa acceptance is more than 90% and one hardly faces any difficulties related to living in Germany post their degrees. Hence, the just stated facts evidently prove that Germany can be one of the most chosen countries to study and make a prosperous future in design.

    Reviews

    qg
    9.3 /10

    I wanted to pursue my masters from a university abroad to gain exposure to a new environment and different cultures and diversity. While surfing through various colleges, I came across Osnabruck University and after reading about it, I exactly knew that this is where I'll fit the best. I loved the university academic and placement history and also its huge alumni network which is very fruitful for a college. I applied via uni-assist to get into the college. The application fee was not required by the college.

    Fees :

    The university doesn't charge any tuition fees for this subject. I only have to pay an average semester fee of around € 350.

    mb
    8.8 /10

    After completing my high school, I was confused in two streams i.e. law and information technology. I found a course which is a mixture of both things. There were no such colleges offering that course at my place. Therefore, I opted for this college after reading a lot of good reviews. I have applied via the uni-assist app and paid € 75 as the application fee.

    Fees :

    I pay € 105 as a contribution fee, € 20 as a fee for the student union, € 250 as semester ticket, and € 60 as an administration fee.

    ss
    8.7 /10

    One of my cousins suggested to me this college. As he passed out from here and now working in a well-reputed firm. After listening to him I read a lot of good reviews and finally decided to opt for this college. My relatives living there was also one of the reasons to opt for this college. I have applied through the online application portal along with € 100.

    Fees :

    As most of the colleges, there was no tuition fee. I only have paid for the semesters i.e. € 160 and for the health insurance which € 80.

    SG
    9.0 /10

    Many students opt to study abroad courses in order to have better facilities, quality education or to get settle. I did it because I wanted to make my CV better. After applying in four to five colleges I took admission to the University of Stuttgart. I applied here with the help of an online application form.

    Fees :

    Being an international student my tuition fee is 1500 Euros. My monthly expenses are around 700 Euros.

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