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Communication Design B.A.

As a communication designer you develop creative and strategic solutions across all media. You develop concepts, you do layouts, you take care of typography, you photograph, you write, you draw or illustrate. You design fonts, books, magazines, posters, flyers, corporate designs, websites, apps, interactive installations and animations, and are always in a dialog with other disciplines. Together with architects, you plan trade fair stands or exhibitions and develop signage systems for museums, buildings and festivals. In cooperation with curators, you will design the concept of exhibitions - from posters and wall texts to the opening event. As a designer, you bring the messages of companies and institutions to the point through visual concepts and appearances. And perhaps you will discover your strengths as a copywriter during your studies and find the right words. Multimedia design concepts and cross-media forms of communication are created in your agencies and studios, as are photographs and illustrations for scientific and business communication.

“Design is an art of situations. Designers repond to a need, a problem, a circumstance, that arises in the world. The best work is produced in relation to interesting situations - an open-minded client, a good cause, or great content.”
Ellen Lupton, graphic designer and author

Your professional prospects

The career prospects for graduates of our degree program are varied. After successfully completing their studies, designers with interdisciplinary experience can work in business and industry, cultural and state institutions, design studios, advertising agencies and as freelance graphic artists with their own studio.

At a glance

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 
Standard period of study: 7 semesters
Starting semester: summer or winter semester 
Aptitude test: yes
ECTS credits: 210 

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Application deadlines

Selection process (portfolio review)

Winter semester 2021/21: 15 April, 2021 to 1 May, 2021
Summer semester 2022: 15 October, 2021 to 21 November, 2021

Online application

Winter semester 2021/22: 17 May, 2021 to 15 June, 2021
Summer semester 2022: 24 November, 2021 to 15 December, 2021

Calender (only available in German)

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PROGRAM STRUCTURE VALID WITH THE START OF YOUR STUDIES FROM WINTER SEMESTER 2020/21

SEMESTER 1
30 CP/25 SWS
SEMESTER 2
30 CP/25 SWS
SEMESTER 3
30 CP/16 SWS
SEMESTER 4
30 CP/16 SWS
SEMESTER 5
30 CP/3 SWS
SEMESTER 6
30 CP/16 SWS
SEMESTER 7
30 CP/ 9,33 SWS

Design basics
6 CP/5 SWS

Photography
6 CP/5 SWS

Photo technology
1 CP/2 SWS
Concept and design A
10 CP/5 SWS
Concept and design C
10 CP/5 SWS
Work placement or semester abroad
25 CP
Interdisciplinary project A
10 CP/5 SWS
Bachelor-Thesis
12 CP/0,33 SWS
Typography 1
6 CP/5 SWS
Typography 2
6 CP/5 SWS
Concept and design B
10 CP/5 SWS
Concept and design D
10 CP/5 SWS
Colloquiums
5 CP/3 SWS
Interdisciplinary project B
10 CP/5 SWS
Bachelor documentation and colloquiums
8 CP
Language and text
6 CP/5 SWS
Art history
5 CP/3 SWS
Self motivated work
5 CP/3 SWS
Design initiative
5 CP/3 SWS
Theory of communication design B
5 CP/3 SWS
Professional experience A
3 CP/3 SWS

Drawing
6 CP/5 SWS

Art basics
6 CP/5 SWS
Design history/theory
5 CP/3 SWS
Theory of communication design A
5 CP/3 SWS
Theorie of communication design C
5 CP/3 SWS
Professional experience B
3 CP/3 SWS
Interactive design basics 1
6 CP/5 SWS
Interactive design basics 2
6 CP/5 SWS
Exhibition
4 CP/3 SWS

PROGRAM STRUCTURE VALID WITH THE START OF YOUR STUDIES BEFORE WINTER SEMESTER 2020/21

SeMESTER 1
30 CP/23 SWS
SEMESTER 2
30 CP/23 SWS
SEMESTER 3
30 CP/16 SWS
SEMESTER 4
30 CP/16 SWS
SEMESTER 5
30 CP/1 SWS
SEMESTER 6
30 CP/23 SWS
SEMESTER 7
30 CP

Fundamentals of Design
6 CP/5 SWS

Fundamentals of Design 2
6 CP/5 SWS
Conception & Design 1
10 CP/5 SWS
Conception & Design 3
10 CP/5 SWS
Practical semester or semester abroad
30 CP/1 SWS
Interdisciplinary project 1
12 CP/10 SWS
Bachelor's thesis
12 CP
Typography 1
6 CP/5 SWS
Typography 2
6 CP/5 SWS
Conception & Design 2
10 CP/5 SWS
Conception & Design 4
10 CP/5 SWS
Interdisciplinary project 2
12 CP/10 SWS
Bachelor's colloquium
8 CP
Sprache&Text
6 CP/5 SWS
Photography
6 CP/5 SWS
Design Initiative 1
4 CP/3 SWS
Design Initiative 2
4 CP/3 SWS
Theory 3
6 CP/3 SWS
Work experience 1
5 CP

Foundations of Art
6 CP/5 SWS

Foundations of Art 2
6 CP/5 SWS
Theory 1
6 CP/3 SWS
Theory 2
6 CP/3 SWS
Work experience 2
5 CP
Historical Foundations
6 CP/3 SWS
Historical Foundations 2
6 CP/3 SWS

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Gutenberg Design Lab

The institute views itself as an interface between research and teaching in communication design. Free and applied research and third-party funded projects are institutionally anchored through the Institute of Design Laboratory Gutenberg (only available in German).

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Archive (ONLY AVAILABLE IN GERMAN)

We can look back on a long and varied history of communication design. The project Timeline depicts these.

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Online shop

Mainz University of Applied Sciences is one of the first design schools in Germany with an online shop for publications and design objects. There you can view and order selected publications of the Communication Design degree program online.

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Who to contact

Prof. Katja Davar
Head of Programme, Communication Design
Katharina Wons
Secretary | Raum H3.02
Marie-Theres Birk
Research Assistant, Assistentin | Room H3.06
Mareike Rabea Knevels
Research Assistant | Room H3.06

T +49 6131 628-2257
mareike.knevels (at) hs-mainz.de
Max Albert Köhler
Research Assistant | Room H3.06

T +49 6131 628-2261
max.koehler (at) hs-mainz.de

Office hours

 

Secretary

Room H3.02
kd (at) hs-mainz.de

Mo. – Thu. 10am – 12pm
Due to Covid-19 regulations any in-person visits must be arranged in advance.

Address

Mainz University of Applied Sciences
School of Design
Holzstraße 36
55116 Mainz