International (EN)

Course Description

The Industrial Design course of studies at HTW Berlin is practice-oriented with a strong focus on project work, which enables students to develop various communication and product development skills at an international level, whether for analog or digital media in two- and three-dimensional contexts. You are taught basic principles, methods, models and the use of appropriate tools in order to develop product innovations in various medial and functional contexts based on social, cultural, scientific and technical innovations. Courses focus on teaching methods to develop concepts, designs as well as technical implementation of industrial products as well as design-related services in national, international and intercultural contexts. This includes the following subjects: design theory, design basics, concept development, design conception and methodology, conceptual and creative methods, design projects, universal design thinking, design discourse as well as many practical exercises. The practice-oriented education ensures that you develop social and personal competence such as systematic and goal-oriented thinking, the ability to organize and manage complex design projects, work collaboratively in teams and deal well with conflicts. You  become a confident designer personality by combining theoretical knowledge with intuitive competence as a result of experience-oriented and excellent studies. Throughout the course, you develop efficient self-management skills to be able to systematically structure your individual workflow.

At completion of the Bachelor’s program graduates receive a degree that enables them to work successfully in various fields, from planning to development to presentation of design products and processes in all areas of the design industry. Graduates will be qualified employees who are able to self-sufficiently analyze task and project requirements, develop solutions and work productively to realize interdisciplinary projects. Other fields of employment are concept development, product marketing and consulting as well as professions in other industries with design-related product development.

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 Industrial 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 Industrial Design:

TitleECTS PointsSemester
German as a Foreign Language4 (mandatory)winter and summer
Universal Design Thinking (BI 15)6 (mandatory)winter and summer
BI 40 Long-term Design Project10 (mandatory)winter and summer
BI 42 Long-term Design Project10winter only
BI 46 Short-term Design Project5 (mandatory)winter and summer
Cultural Translation – Connecting Europe and Asia from Japan (B20)5summer only
Introduction to Japanese Culture (AWE)2 winter and summer
AWE Site-Specific Projections and Urban Histories (AWE) 2winter and summer
Creative Outdoor Drawing (B5.22)2winter and summer
Art and Architecture in Berlin (AWE) 2winter and summer
Potential of Bamboo (AWE)2winter and summer
Becoming a Global Graduate (AWE)2 winter and summer
Creative Pattern Development (AWE)2winter and summer
Techniques in Illustration and Visualization (B5.23)2winter and summer
Introduction to Research Methods and Scientific Writing (BIB1.1) 6winter 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).

Industrial 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

Partner institutions

Partner InstitutionCountry/CityTeaching language
University of CincinnatiUnited States/CincinnatiEnglish
Coventry UniversityUnited Kingdom/CoventryEnglish
Metropolia University of Applied SciencesFinland/HelsinkiEnglish
BEZALEL Academy of Arts and DesignIsrael/JerusalemEnglish
Lahti University of Applied SciencesFinland/LahtiEnglish, Finnish
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesFinland/OsloEnglish
NID National Institute of DesignIndia/AhmedabadEnglish
ESAD Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design de Saint-EtienneFrance/Saint-EtienneFrench
HU Hogeschool UtrechtHolland/UtrechtEnglish