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Industrial Design

Semester 8 Semester
Winter semester
Aptitude test


Smartphones, stacking chairs or construction machinery - industrial designers operate in a broad spectrum. They invent, plan and design services and products as well as their interfaces so that they meet the aesthetic, social, cultural and ergonomic demands of users as well as the technical and economic conditions of industrial production. Students can acquire the necessary skills for this at the distinguished Faculty of Design in the Industrial Design degree programme (Diplom (FH)). Here they perfect their artistic talent and complement it with conceptual and constructive skills as well as theoretical knowledge. They become familiar with proven, analogue two- and three-dimensional representation techniques (sketching, drawing, 3-D model techniques) as well as with computer-aided industrial design (CAID) and visualisation and animation programmes. Practical orientation and individual freedom characterise the degree programme. Thus, after a broad-based foundation course, students are prepared for different fields of work, taking into account their own inclinations and abilities. You can find more in-depth information about the degree programme on the website of the Faculty of Design.



Industrial designers are freelancers and work independently in their own office or as employees in company-owned design departments, in design offices, etc. for the following areas:

  • interface design
  • Capital goods (e.g. machines and robots)
  • consumer goods
  • communication products
  • furniture
  • Exhibitions


Qualifications and competences for these fields of activity are taught in the courses of the degree programme, for example in design projects, exercises, workshops, laboratory and workshop work (see graphic).



The Industrial Design / Diploma (FH) degree programme is not subject to admission restrictions (no NC), but proof of artistic talent must be provided. The corresponding aptitude test takes place once a year in June. Applications must be submitted to the Student Service Centre (SSC) of the Hochschule Darmstadt by 1 June at the latest. You can apply online from March. The Department of Design strongly recommends comprehensive study and career information before beginning your studies. Please contact the Faculty of Design for this! Part of the degree programme is a 13-week internship to be completed by the end of the 3rd semester as well as a practical semester.

The department places particular emphasis on stays abroad (internship, semester abroad) during the degree programme. Admission requirements include general and subject-specific university entrance qualifications, as well as entrance qualifications for universities of applied sciences. Alternatively, an "outstanding artistic talent" can be determined in the entrance test. A detailed description of the admission requirements can be found in the Aptitude Test Statutes (German).


Artistic-creative orientation course at the Department of Design

"Start |" is a new educational programme offered by the Department of Design for students between school and university. The one-semester artistic orientation course offers an introduction to design techniques, methods and strategies. Participants in the orientation course are enrolled as guest students at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. No university entrance qualification is required for application. Further information can be found on the department's website.

Registration deadline (German certificate)

01.03. - 01.06.


Faculty secretary's office
Edith Trautmann



Faculty secretary's office
Petra Kriebel



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Portfolio consultation

Students of higher semesters offer a non-binding portfolio consultation. You can find more detailed information on the website of the faculty of Design.