Design and Art – exchange students

Hamburg is Germany's second-largest city after Berlin and home to 50 museums and galleries. With its creative scene and large publishing houses, it is the ideal place for art and design. The Design degree courses at HAW Hamburg (Campus Finkenau) are characterised by an intensive foundation in artistic and design techniques, together with creativity and innovation. This is followed by the development of design concepts that are realised in a wide spectrum of media applications from book illustration, comic and web design to fashion collections and textile design.

Art and Design exchange students from our partner universities can study for one or two semesters at HAW Hamburg and can choose from the following courses:

Design and Art – courses where German is not required*

  • Book Illustration*
  • Brand Design
  • Design Theory and Philosophy
  • Drawing*
  • Editorial Design*
  • Fashion Design*
  • Interaction Design*
  • Interactive Illustration & Games
  • Painting*
  • Photography*
  • Textile Design
  • Type Design


1. Classes marked with a * are held in German with an English tutorial.
2. 'Design Theory' is held in English.
3. The other classes are a mixture of English and German.
4. Students can take a maximum of 30 ECTS credits in one semester.

These classes are open only to exchange students who are studying design or art as a major at their home university. Applicants must provide a portfolio with their application.

Download the module handbook for a short description of the classes.

Note: The course programme can change each semester. You do NOT need German to complete the classes in all cases, but it helps if you have a bit of German and/or come to Hamburg with the intention of learning some German during your study-abroad semester.

Application deadlines:
Winter semester (Sept.–Feb.): 30 April
Summer semester (March–July): 30 October
(open to: exchange students from partner universities only; not open to freemovers)

Female student holding a book

Art around the world is so different. I studied abroad so I could experiment with styles that I’m not used to and learn from students who see things that I don’t.

Sarah Wong, USA


Jenny Kahler
Student Exchange Coordinator
Fakultätsverwaltung DMI