FAQ: Information about the application

The FAQ on this page answers questions about applying to and studying in the Schools of Art and Design.

FAQ
Application
What can I study at the HfG?
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In the winter semester 2022/23, the old diploma program will be replaced by Bachelor/Master. The following degree programs will be offered:

School of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts

School of Design
Bachelor of Arts
Master of Arts

Can I go to the study and portfolio consultation without an appointment?
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Portfolio consultation or subject study consultation is freely accessible to everyone and free of charge. Due to the current situation, departments only offer online student consultation.

Art here

Design here

When does the study and portfolio consultation take place?
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Wednesdays year-round, School of Art at noon, School of Design at 1 p.m. (or by individual appointment).

​School of Art, 12 noon here
School of ​Design, 1 pm here

Who can I contact with questions about the application?
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The academic and portfolio advising teams in both Schools are happy to help:

School of Art
studienberatungkunst@hfg-offenbach.de

School of Design
studienberatungdesign@hfg-offenbach.de

Should I submit my portfolio online or by mail?
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In 2022, the submission of the portfolio will again be done online. The appropriate links will be enabled on 5/15/2022.

Art here

Design here

What must be submitted for the application?
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All information on the contents of the portfolios/portfolios and other application materials at:

Art here

Design here

How can I apply to the School of Design with a homework assignment?
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As an alternative to the workbook, the School of Design offers the possibility to apply with an independently completed homework assignment. You can request the homework at AufnahmeDesign@hfg-offenbach.de (only possible for applicants with a general university entrance qualification). The homework can be requested immediately, it will be sent on 14.04.2022. The latest deadline is 01.06.2022.

Who can apply for a master's degree?
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The prerequisite for a master’s degree in art or design is proof of your artistic-creative or outstanding artistic-creative aptitude. In addition, you need a domestic or foreign university degree (bachelor’s/diploma) in art or design or another equivalent degree, which should generally comprise at least 210 CP.

Exception
You can also apply with 180 CP and/or with a degree from another field, if necessary the study will then be extended. In justified exceptional cases, admission can also be granted if the aptitude required for the study program has been acquired in a profession instead of a university degree. In this case, you must be able to prove that you have worked for approximately three years in an occupation that is sufficiently related to the content of the master’s degree program and, in particular, that you have acquired knowledge and skills that are relevant to the degree program.

Do I submit my documents via Uni Assist?
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No. You upload your documents together with your portfolio to the application links of the HfG. Your documents will be checked during the admission process.

Do I have to attend a preparatory course?
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If the review of your submitted documents and the result of the entrance examination shows that you must first attend a Studienkolleg, the HfG will enroll you at the Studienkolleg in Frankfurt.

Which course do I have to take at the Studienkolleg?
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You usually have to take the G course.

In what form do I submit my testimonials?
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Certificates must be submitted as certified copies and officially translated into German or English.

What belongs in my motivation letter?
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Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Explain your reasons for wanting to study art (max. 1 DIN-A4 page).

Master of Fine Arts
Letter of motivation, if applicable, stating your interests in major fields of study and/or a Master’s project. Please state whether and, if so, with what motivation you are aiming for a degree in the variant with in-depth theory.

Design

Bachelor of Arts
Explain your motivation for wanting to study design (max. 1 DIN-A4 page).

Master of Arts
In a detailed letter of motivation, you explain your personal goals and interests in design and describe and justify your self-chosen and planned MA topic.

Language
In which language are the courses held?
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As a rule, the language of instruction is German. By arrangement, the teachers also hold some of their courses in English. The theory courses, however, are in German without exception.

What German language skills are required?
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Proof of DSH-2, TestDAF-4, the certificate “telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule” or the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 must be submitted by September 15 at the latest. There will be no enrollment in October 2022 without proof of sufficient language skills. Please make arrangements for appropriate language courses and examinations in good time. If you cannot prove sufficient German language skills by September 15, 2022, you can start your studies up to three years later.a

What do I have to pay attention to for a Master's programme?
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If you can only prove German language skills at the B2 level for the MFA Art or MA Design program, you will need additional proof of English language skills at the C 1 level (through a current TOEFL test, a current IELTS test – both must not be older than two years – or the Cambridge Certificate C1. The admissions committee may also recognize equivalent evidence such as an English language degree.

Is it necessary to present the APS certificate?
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Yes, Chinese applicants are required to submit the APS certificate.

Does the cover letter have to be in German?
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It is not mandatory that your application is written in German. If it is not in German, then it should be in English.

Time schedule
What do I do after I upload my application materials?
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Bachelor
As soon as you have submitted your application, we will review your portfolio and, if necessary, invite you to the entrance examination. We will contact you by e-mail approximately three weeks after the deadline.

Master of Fine Arts
You can arrange an orientation interview: If you are admitted to the further admission procedure, you can have an orientation talk with a professor from the School of Art. To do this, you should contact the professor who represents the area of teaching you are interested in for your Master’s programme and Master’s project. If you have not yet determined a focus of interest for the Master’s program and are interested in an orientation interview, the admissions committee will suggest a person for the orientation interview on the basis of your letter of motivation. The professor can make a recommendation to the admission committee on the basis of the orientation interview, which can be positively considered in the admission decision.

When is the application deadline?
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You can apply again for the winter semester 2022/23. To do so, you must submit a design portfolio in the period from 15.05. to 01.06.2022.

When do the entrance exams start (only for Bachelor)?
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As a rule, the entrance exams take place at the end of June (School of Design) in mid-July (School of Art). Exact dates and more information can be found here.

When will I receive a confirmation to register for a visa?
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Approximately four to six weeks after the deadline for submission of the portfolio, you will be notified by mail whether you have been invited to take the entrance exam. If you live outside Europe, you will also be informed by e-mail. Please make sure that you submit your visa application before you apply so that it is ready in time for the entrance exam.

Costs
What costs will I have to pay?
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Since there are currently no tuition fees in Hesse, you will only have to pay the semester fee. More information here.

How much are the tuition fees?
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There are no tuition fees to pay in Hesse. See above.

What needs to be considered with regard to BAföG eligibility?
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In principle, your Bachelor’s degree is eligible for funding if you do not yet have another first degree (Bachelor’s, Diplom, Staatsexamen, Magister).
Your Master’s degree is eligible for funding if you only have a Bachelor’s degree so far, i.e. funding for a Master’s degree is not available if you have previously obtained a Diplom, a Staatsexamen or a Magister. A second Master’s degree after a first Master’s degree is considered a second degree, even if the subjects are different, and is therefore also not eligible for funding.
Transferring from a current diploma program to the new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs is primarily an option for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and are at the beginning of their diploma program. They could be eligible for BAföG again by changing to the master’s program, insofar as with a bachelor’s degree the master’s program, unlike the diploma program, is not considered a second degree. Please note the age limit for BAföG, which is 45 years since 2022.
This general information is non-binding and does not prejudge the individual funding decision. For more information, click here.

Study
What can I study in the School of Art?
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ART/DESIGN
  • Sculpture
  • Stage design/scenic space
  • Electronic media
  • Experimental space concepts
  • Film
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design, Illustration
  • Typography
  • Communication design
  • Conceptual drawing and nude drawing
  • Painting
  • Performance in the extended field
THEORY/SCIENCE
  • Art history
  • Philosophy and aesthetics
  • Sociology, media theory
  • Theory of perception
What can I study in the School of Design?
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DESIGN
  • Digital Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Design
  • Integrative Design
  • Material Design
  • Urban Design
  • Brand and Design Strategy
  • Design Curating and Criticism
  • Intercultural Design
  • Interaction Design
THEORY
  • Theories of Culture and Technology
  • Aesthetics
  • Design history
  • Design theory
  • Theory of perception
How can I specialize?
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Specialization takes place primarily in the second half of the Bachelor’s program. At the beginning of the studies, there will be an orientation event that will provide information.

Any questions?
Questions about the admission procedure
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If you have questions about the admissions process, you can contact the respective art and design admissions committees directly.

School of Art
Eva Novak
novak@hfg-offenbach.de

School of Design
Elvira Werner
werner@hfg-offenbach.de

Questions about application requirements
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For all other questions, such as application requirements for German and international/citizenless students and admission, please contact the:

Student Secretariat
studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.de

Questions about international exchange
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If you are studying at a foreign university and have questions about exchange studies at the HfG, please contact the:

International Office
team.internationales@hfg-offenbach.de

If you are studying at a foreign university and would like to transfer to the HfG for your degree, please contact the:

Student Information Center/Student Secretariat
studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.de

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