Application documents

For the 2024/25 winter semester, interested students have to apply until May 13, 2024
Here are the three steps of the application:

  1. (online) registration with here.
  2. after registration you will get an info to upload the form, documents (see list below) and portfolio
  3. oral examination (if your portfolio has convinced us and we invite you - we'll keep our fingers crossed!) on June 19, 2024 in presence at the university (in exceptional cases Zoom is possible)

Further details can be found here in spring for the application for the winter semester:
Application documents
No specific task is set for the portfolio, nor is a specific layout required. You may choose any topic, this year the portfolio must be digital. The following documents must be submitted on application. Please arrange them in the order listed below:

  • Completed application form
  • Authenticated copy of your bachelor’s degree certificate with the overall grade of 2.0 or better, on paper. Applicants from PRC must also submit an APS certificate with overall grade of 2.0 or better, also on paper (due to corona it might be only digitally).
  • Letter of motivation explaining your reasons for applying for this program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio
  • Certificate from a design-, strategy-, developmental, ecological or interaction-oriented internship of of a minimum of 10 weeks' duration up to the time of enrollment in the master's program.
  • a written declaration by the applicant confirming that all the sample pieces in the portfolio are his or her own, independent work.

Applications will not be checked for formal completeness before the application deadline. Please do not contact us after sending in your application.We will inform you in good time by post or e-mail of the success (or otherwise) of your application.

Information for applicants with a foreign degree
An application via Uni-Assist is not necessary.

Language requirements for admission to degree studies
Foreign-language applicants who wish to enroll in a German-language degree program and who did not acquire their admission qualifica-tion at a German-language institution must provide proof of sufficient knowledge of German before beginning their studies.
For enrollment in the course of study at the BUW, proof of the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang fremdsprachiger Studienbewerberinnen und Studienbewerber" (German Language Examination for the Admission of Foreign Language Applicants to Higher Education) with at least the result "DSH-2" is required. The DSH is held at the BUW twice a year, in March and September.
Please contact our International Office. if you have any questions about the language certificate or about access to studies with a foreign degree.

Placement in the SUMMER SEMESTER
Interested students can, where applicable, join the course directly in its 2nd semester, in the summer semester. This is possible if you have acquired at least 210 ECTS from your Design bachelor's program.
The procedure for placement in the summer semester:
Portfolio submission by 15th of January every year.
upload your portfolio and registration documents here Password is BewerbungSoSe
Everything else is as described in the procedure for admission in the winter semester, below (your contact person for summer semester placement is Mrs Linn Klunk (klunk(at)

Admission requirements

We look forward to receiving your application if you meet the following admission requirements:

Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program with a minimum of 180 ECTS (credit points) in one of the following disciplines: indus-trial design (or industry design); product design (special focus: technical or strategic product development) or a related design study course; mechanical engineering or (business) economics (special focus in each case: product or innovation development).

An overall grade of 2.0 or better in the bachelor’s degree.

For Chinese students, the overall grade on the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) Certificate must be at least 2.0.

A good working knowledge of English is also desired.

Do not apply for this program if your overall grade is not 2.0 or better.