The Bachelor Degree Program »Integrated Design« features a nationwide, unique, non-linear and multi-semester study model which offers a high level of individual design opportunities. The application period starts on March 1.

The next application period for all BA applicants is March 1 to April 1. Applications can be submitted online: https://application.kisd.de/

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Changed Admission Procedure due to the Coronavirus (Update April 1st)

Due to the special situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, KISD has
decided (in consultation with the legal department of the TH Köln ) to make some changes in this year’s admission procedure.

This year, the application deadline is extended to April 15th. By this date you must have registered on our online application page. You can upload your documents until May 4th.

This year the topic is: difference.

As it is currently difficult or even impossible to find an internship place, KISD this year does not require a proof of internship on the day of enrolment. All first-year students in 2020 can provide proof of internship until the beginning of the fourth semester.

We have also reduced this year the duration of the required internship to three months. You can spread your internship(s) over several semester breaks, so your studies don’t have to be delayed

This year only digital homework will be accepted. Please make sure that your uploaded files are not too large. You can reduce the size of PDFs with several online tools. The following file formats are accepted:

  • Text as a PDF
  • Film and Animation as link to a video portal (vimeo, Youtube, …)
  • Two-dimensional work as a file (PDF) or as (compressed)
    image/photo file(s) (JPG, PNG, …)
  • Three-dimensional work by filming (see films) or photographing (see two-dimensional work) of all relevant details.

Important: You are responsible for ensuring that we can open your files – don’t use exotic file formats or codecs!

If you still have questions, please visit our online consultations, which will be offered on Friday, April 3rd and probably again on Thursday, April 9th, starting at 10:00 a.m. You will find the link on the KISD homepage under the topic “Student Counselling”.

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Requirements

For the Bachelor degree program, the following requirements must be fulfilled: higher education entrance qualification, practical training and an aptitude test.

For admission to the BA in Integrated Design, higher education entrance qualification or an equivalently recognized qualification is recognized.

Proof of qualification is provided by:

  • Certificate of general higher education entrance qualification (German Abitur/High School Diploma/A-levels)
  • Certificate from advanced technical college (vocational baccalaureate diploma)
  • Evidence of completion of academic studies at advanced technical college studies in conjunction with vocational training
  • Other equivalent certification

Specialized entrance qualifications from other federal states do not necessarily entitle for studies at universities of applied sciences in North Rhine Westphalia and should therefore be submitted for consideration in advance at Studienbüro der TH Köln.

All beginner students must have completed a design-relevant internship by the beginning of their studies enabling them to gain non-academic experience.

How long should this internship be?
For the Integrated Design study program the design internship must be a minimum of six months, however, a longer period is highly recommendable. The internship may be divided into several shorter internships. Students are advised to complete internships totaling twelve months at the end of their studies. Only in duly justified, exceptional cases, may studies be started with only four months of internship completed. In this case, the remaining period must be completed during the semester break.

What is a design-relevant internship?
The content is decisive. On our website, under the KISD areas of expertise, you will find an overview of fields that are suitable. Generally, a wide range of activities is design-relevant. Some, but not all training and professional activities can be recognized. These are on-the-job training where e.g. materials or media are processed or integrated, and/or they belong to design processes, such as:

  • graphic design assistant
  • carpenters and cabinetmakers
  • advertising specialists
  • marketing communication assistant
  • tailor/dressmaker
  • goldsmith
  • photographer

Decisions on whether an internship, training or a professional activity can be recognized is taken by the Admissions Committee.

All applicants for admission must take the aptitude test to ascertain relevant aptitude for the degree program.

Aptitude  for the Bachelor Degree program is determined by the KISD Admissions Committee in a separate procedure comprising the following:

  • an assignment, which is evaluated by the Admissions Committee and is relevant for preselection
  • written work which is performed on site
  • a comprehensive interview with the Admissions Committee

The evaluation is based on the ability to perceive and present complex issues as well as the competence and motivation for conceptual work.

Application Procedure

The application procedure for the Bachelor’s programme comprises four steps.

Firstly you have to register for the aptitude test by April 1 each year. Applications must be submitted online: https://application.kisd.de/  After your registration you will receive an e-mail stating where you can upload your application documents. Please upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
    The motivation letter should not be longer than 1,500 characters. Please tell us why you are interested in Integrated Design and why KISD is the right place of study for you. In addition, we would like to know what has influenced your understanding of design, why you are particularly interested in design. For example, you could write whether there is a designer you find particularly good (and why …), or maybe there is a designed »thing« (product, printed matter, medium, service, …), that makes »design« particularly visible to you (and why …).
  • Scan of your university entrance qualification
  • Proof or registration of your internship
  • For international applicants: proof of German B1 level

The assignment should design a topic e.g. in visual, verbal, media or two or three-dimensional form.

As of April 2 each year, the topic of the assignment is published here and sent by email to all applicants registered for the aptitude test. If April 2 is a Sunday or public holiday, the topic will be published on the first working day after April 2. After this date, you have a four-week period to work on the topic and submit the assignment to KISD. Please note that the delivery must be made either personally or by post. Digital delivery is not possible.

The Admissions Committee reviews and selects the submissions. The results are communicated immediately. All applicants, who pass this first step, will be invited for the written work and interview in due time, usually in May every year.

In the next step of the procedure, applicants must complete a degree-related task at KISD. Processing time may range from 1 to 4 hours, depending on the task. Results may be presented as two or three-dimensional work or as a text. The Admissions Committee examines the work and may use one of these topics during the subsequent interview. During the interview, the Admissions Committee strives to gain a more comprehensive impression of the applicant.

If you successfully pass the aptitude test for admission at KISD, you will be informed within the next 10 days.

Applications from Abroad

International applications are very welcome.

Please note that KISD cannot provide information about the validity of foreign educational certificates. Consequently, even if you have passed the aptitude test successfully, this does not guarantee admission to the study program. This must be completed by the Student Services Office of the TH Köln or uni-assist.de

  • German applicants with foreign certificates and foreign applicants must submit their certificates to be recognized as university entrance qualification to the Student Services Office of the TH Köln. Please click here for more information.
  • In addition to the application at KISD, all foreign applicants with foreign certificates must submit their certificates to uni-assist.de Please click here for more detailed information.

For information on finding scholarships and funding programs, please visit the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at www.daad.de

Applicants, who have not acquired their university entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution, must prove they have sufficient knowledge of the German language, as required for program. A German language exam is required for university admission (Deutschen Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang, DSH).

For the BA in Integrated Design, a CEFR score level of B1 is sufficient.

Please contact uni-assist which will examine whether these requirements have been fulfilled.

If you do not provide a certificate of the DHS, you may take an external German language exam for university admission.

Consultation and Contact

If you have any questions about the Integrated Design Bachelor’s program or the application process, please come to our student advisory service or contact our BewerberAG.

We offer several Fridays during the semester on which a Student Advisory Service will be held. Please find here the dates for the current semester.

If you are interested or choose to study at KISD or if your homework has been rejected, you can register here to receive information as how to meet the requirements of a design study at the KISD. It will also provide information on the admission proceedure.

If you choose to attend, we expect that you already have some knowledge of the »Kölner Modell« and general idea of KISD.

You should inform yourself by reading KISD web pages, by visiting the Friday presentation, by reading KISD year-books and through discussions with KISD students. Please understand that the Student Advisory Service will not discuss or provide information which is available in detail on Internet.

Please do not bring any portfolios with you! You may present your rejected homework to discuss the reasons of failure. The consultations will take place in a larger round along with other candidates. To avoid repeated questions, you should come very punctually. There is at least one professor and one student from the BewerberAG.

KISD Bewerber AG
bewerber@kisd.de