Jewellery, product and object—these are the key aspects of the Applied Art and Design Program at the Peter Behrens School of Arts. A broad-ranging program communicates the different aspects of the subject of design. One of our defining characteristics is a great openness to all kinds of art and design, oscillating between the poles of both art and design, traditional craft and high technology.
The intense connection to the study programs of Communication Design, Retail Design, Exhibition Design, and Architecture enables our students to create their projects in a professional way from scratch to real product presentation with corporate identities. By interdisciplinary exchange, the students become sensitized to the requirements of the different design disciplines and strengthened in communication and teamwork.
The form-oriented bachelor’s degree program provides the entire spectrum of basic creative techniques, methods, and media that are both necessary and important for the profession of jewellery, object, and product design. The graduate research-based master's program provides a high level of individualized study to extend and refine the skills and knowledge gained in the BA of Applied Art and Design.
Applied Art and Design Düsseldorf bundles its competences into the following five fields:
- Jewellery and contextual art
- Product concepts for one-off pieces and series
- Design for mass production
- Concepts for jewellery and products using digital design and production processes
- Performative prototyping
The Peter Behrens School of Arts of the Hochschule Düsseldorf offers nine different programs, leading to both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Further graduate studies available, e.g. doctoral studies.
Master Applied Art and Design
The MA Applied Art and Design provides a process-oriented program that closely interlinks creative-conceptual practice, theoretical and analytical reflection, and research-based teaching. In the context of artistic projects, students receive an intensive introduction to design research concerns and can thus prepare for a doctorate based on scientific/theoretical aspects. A parallel-running mentoring program promotes additional skills and prepares students for their transition into working life.
The master's degree program in Applied Art and Design is a free-admission program. Studies begin only in the winter semester. The application deadline is on September 30 of each year. The artistic aptitude test is the best instrument to establish a good fit between the profiles of the applicant and the study program. Its registration deadlines are May 1 and October 1 of each year.
Bachelor Applied Art and Design
The seven-semester bachelor’s degree program in Applied Art and Design enables students both a broad education and a disciplinary specialization. The form-oriented bachelor’s program equips students for independent research-based learning. It provides the entire spectrum of basic creative techniques, methods, and media that are both necessary and important for the profession of jewellery, object, and product design.
The application deadline is on September 30 of each year. The artistic aptitude test will need to be taken in advance. Registration deadline: at latest by February 1 of each year. The artistic aptitude test always takes place in March at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. After passing the aptitude test, applications for a place of study at the university are taken starting around mid-May.
Prof. Herman Hermsen
Prof. Jantje Fleischhut
Dipl. Des. Jochen Zäh
Dr. Barbara Maas Maryvonne Wellen
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