The Communications Design programme follows closely the ever-changing practical and technical requirements for professional careers in the media sector. It sets out to educate creative, team-working and independent designers who are able to think in a system-oriented manner and who can act in a responsible way.
In the first two semesters, students learn the essentials of design, experimental methods and techniques and the historical roots of occupations in print typography, illustration or photography.
From the third semester on, design workshops combined with lectures, methodology and technology classes mark the professional phase of the programme. The wide range of available projects gives students the possibility of creating their individual learning paths throughout the course’s duration. Workshops and lectures delivered by internationally recognized designers give new impulses and offer insights into the latest industry trends and practice. Interdisciplinary projects such as cooperation with other courses at the University are also part and parcel of the curriculum.
Incoming students on exchange programmes
If you are an Incoming student into Faculty 5 on an exchange programme (such as Erasmus), a list of your local contacts is available here. If you do not study at one of our partner universities (listed below), please contact the International Office first to find out if an institutional agreement is possible to allow you to spend a semester or a year at HTW Berlin.
Full-time study candidates from abroad
If you are considering studying the Communications Design course on a full-time basis, please refer to our International Applicationssection.
Modules in English
HORIZON is the new international programme at HTW Berlin. It is primarily designed for exchange students from our overseas partner universities. Depending on your field of study at home university, you can choose between different thematic tracks delivered in English. The Design and the Fashion tracks are meant for students at Faculty 5.
As an Incoming Student, you have the opportunity to take the following modules in Communications Design:
|BI 15 Universal Design Thinking||6 (mandatory)||winter only|
|BI 40 Long-term Design Project||10 (mandatory)||winter and summer|
|BI 42 Long-term Design Project||10||winter only|
|BI 46 Short-term Design Project||5 (mandatory)||winter only|
|German as a Foreign Language||4 (mandatory)||winter and summer|
|Cultural Translation – Connecting Europe and Asia from Japan (B20)||5||summer only|
|Introduction to Japanese Culture (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|Site-Specific Projections and Urban Histories||2||winter and summer|
|Creative Outdoor Drawing (B5.22)||2||winter and summer|
|Art and Architecture in Berlin (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|Potentials of Bamboo||2||winter and summer|
|Becoming a Global Graduate (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|Creative Pattern Development (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|Techniques in Illustration and Visualization (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|Introduction to Research Methods and Scientific Writing (BIB1.1)||6||winter and summer|
We are working towards further increasing the number of modules delivered in English in Faculty 5 so please check this site for a latest list before you prepare your application. You may also enroll into modules on other degree courses and/or in other Faculties, subject to availability and consent from a Lecturer or a Course Manager, where these modules are relevant to your degree and when your choice is accepted by your home university's outgoing students Coordinator (via a Learning Agreement).
Should you wish to take modules in German as well, our language level requirement is B2 ( as per the ECFR).
Communications Design partner universities
We are always happy to receive partnership requests from other institutions. If you represent an overseas university not on the list below and would like to initiate an agreement with HTW Berlin Faculty 5, please send your proposal by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Katrin Hinz, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Name of university||Country/City||Teaching language|
|Universidad del Pacifico||Santiago de Chile, Chile||Spanish|
|Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences||Finland||English|
|E.S.AA.T. École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du Textile||Roubaix, France||French|
|BEZALEL Academy of Arts and Design||Jerusalem, Israel||English|
|Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara||Italy||Italian|
|Università de Bologna||Italy||Italian|
|HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht|
|Volda University College||Norway||English|
|Universidad del País Vasco||Bilbao, Spain||Spanish|
|EASD de Valencia||Spain||Spanish|
|Kadir Has University|
|(Turkish or English)|