Prerequisite for the Product Design program is proof of a higher education entrance qualification (i.e., Abitur, master’s examination) together with artistic talent. This is to be demonstrated in an artistic entrance examination. Applicants without an appropriate certificate may also apply and get accepted if they demonstrate exceptional artistic talent in the artistic entrance examination.
The program always begins in the winter semester, that is, in mid October. A technical internship of 9 months is part of the product design program. Internships may be done in technical or industry enterprises, technical colleges, or other establishments in which consumer products are manufactured from wood, metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, or textiles. The internship can be completed either in full or in part prior to the start of studies. Credit will be given for a relevant and comparable training program. A voluntary internship in a design office or an agency or the like does not fulfill this requirement, but is recommended for general orientation before or during the program. The 9 months must be completed before being admitted to the intermediate examination. As a rule, 6 of the 9 months (but at least 2) should be completed before beginning the program. There are currently also exceptions to these rules due to the Corona pandemic.
The portfolio should be organized in a way that it represents a statement about the development, personality, and skills of the applicant. It may contain: sketches, drawings, photos, watercolors, two or three-dimensional designs/works, and the like. Applicants are free to choose the format and the working method. The portfolio should consist of approx. 25 works/pages. While compiling the portfolio, keep in mind that designs, sketches, and preparatory drawings often provide more access to one’s approach than does a depiction of a finished work.
The entrance examinations to determine artistic talent take place in June (registration deadline: April 30) and September (registration deadline: August 15) at Kunsthochschule Kassel. All registered applicants are invited to the two-day entrance exam, to which they should bring their portfolios. During the entrance examination applicants will receive around 4 design tasks to work on. A selection committee made up of professors, staff, and students evaluate the portfolios and the completed tasks. In addition, the applicants take part in a short introductory conversation with the selection committee.
Prospective students are advised to learn something about the program in Product Design ahead of time. Along with the general ways of getting information, counseling appointments with teachers from the program can be arranged. In addition, the Product Design program hosts an Infotag [information day] every year at Kunsthochschule Kassel.