Applying to HfG


Ute Schulz
Carolin Alban
​Anja Blanke

Main building, room 16

T 069.800 59-120

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday 9:30 to 12 am

Wednesday (only while the university is in session)

1:30 to 3 pm

Who can apply?

Admission takes place once a year for the winter semester. Admission criteria are: An Abitur (general or subject-specific high-school leaver’s certificate) and artistic talent. Artistic talent is assessed by a portfolio of works produced by the applicant and an entrance examination. Prospective students are advised to consult a departmental advisor to determine whether they fit in with the creative concepts and objectives of HfG.
​Those students with exceptional artistic talent may also be admitted without a high-school leaver’s certificate. Someone who has successfully completed higher education studies is deemed to have qualifications equal to an Abitur even if they do not possess such a certificate. Similarly, someone who has completed a basic course within technical college studies, a graded course of studies at a university or a comparable part of studies is also deemed to have a subject-specific certificate of aptitude for higher education.

You can find further information on university admission criteria under:

Applicants who attended school outside Germany or have other qualifications should inform themselves thoroughly at the Admission and Registrar’s Office.

What is the procedure for the entrance examination?

Generally, the entrance examinations take place at the end of June (Design) and mid-July (Art). Selected applicants are invited to sit the exams on the merit of portfolios submitted. The entrance exam consists of two or three creative tasks each of which is to be realized in one to two hours on site. Afterwards, applicants present their works to an admissions committee.

What has to be submitted for the application?

The normal documents are required (copies of certificates, application form) and a portfolio with at least 30 examples of the applicant’s creative-artistic work. The portfolios remain at the university until the entrance examination and are returned after the exam. 

School of Art

Drawings, sketchbooks, pencil drawings and coloured works on paper, collages, graphics, prints, photos, videos, films and analogue and digital animations on DVDs. Please submit sculptural works and paintings on canvas only as photographic images.

School of Design

Sketchbooks, drawings and photos. Please submit computer graphics and other digital visualizations only as a print-out, and three-dimensional works and models only as colour photos.

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Foreign prospective students

Prior to enrolling, foreigners and stateless persons in possession of a foreign university entrance qualification or an equivalent foreign educational certificate must have these credentials examined with a view to establishing whether the documents concur with the German standards. By decree the Minister of Science and Art regulates jurisdiction, the principles for concurrence, and procedures for evaluating foreign university entrance qualifications and equivalent foreign educational certificates. In particular the decree can also entail applicants having to attend a preparatory course and undergo an assessment test. As part of the admission procedure, this test can be conducted by the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach, but only in relation to a course of study there.

In order to be admitted, foreign applicants must prove that they have a sufficient knowledge of German.

Country-specific information about the certificates of education that need to be submitted as well as information about proof of a sufficient knowledge of German can be requested from the Registrar’s office.

Application deadlines

Entrance examination 2017

School of Design

6 + 7 July 2017

School of Art

17–20 July 2017

Application deadlines

Application deadline (for both faculties)

1 June, 2017, midday (School of Design) or 1 p.m. (School of Art)
All application documentation must have been received by the university by the application deadline (time limit).

School of Art

Portfolio submission: 15 May to 1 June, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but not on Saturday or Sunday.
Room 115 a, Eva Novak,

School of Design

Portfolio submission: 15 May to 1 June, 2017, 9.30 a.m. to midday, but not on Saturday or Sunday.
Room 213 b, Elvira Werner,

Student advisory and portfolio counselling service

In the two faculty student advisory and portfolio counselling services (academic counselling services) both teaching staff and students inform and advise potential students. The service is available on a continuous basis from mid-October to the beginning of July. Prior appointments are not necessary. It is recommended that candidates bring art/design work along to the meetings.

School of Design

Wednesdays 1 p.m. in Room 213 b


  • 22.03.2017, NN 
  • 29.03.2017, NN 


School of art

Wednesdays, 12 noon in Room 101 or the auditorium


  • 22.03.2017, Prof. Sascha Lobe, Typografie  
  • 29.03.2017, Prof. Martin Liebscher, Fotografie 
  • 05.04.2017, Prof. Gunter Reski, Malerei 
  • 12.04.2017, Prof. Manfred Stumpf, Konzeptionelles Zeichnen 


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