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:
|German as a Foreign Language||4 (mandatory)||winter and summer|
|Universal Design Thinking (BI 15)||6 (mandatory)||winter and summer|
|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 and summer|
|Cultural Translation – Connecting Europe and Asia from Japan (B20)||5||summer only|
|Introduction to Japanese Culture (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|AWE Site-Specific Projections and Urban Histories (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|Creative Outdoor Drawing (B5.22)||2||winter and summer|
|Art and Architecture in Berlin (AWE)||2||winter and summer|
|Potential of Bamboo (AWE)||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 (B5.23)||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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Partner Institution||Country/City||Teaching language|
|University of Cincinnati||United States/Cincinnati||English|
|Coventry University||United Kingdom/Coventry||English|
|Metropolia University of Applied Sciences||Finland/Helsinki||English|
|BEZALEL Academy of Arts and Design||Israel/Jerusalem||English|
|Lahti University of Applied Sciences||Finland/Lahti||English, Finnish|
|Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences||Finland/Oslo||English|
|NID National Institute of Design||India/Ahmedabad||English|
|ESAD Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design de Saint-Etienne||France/Saint-Etienne||French|
|HU Hogeschool Utrecht||Holland/Utrecht||English|