Hochschule Düsseldorf
Peter Behrens School of Arts


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Prof*in Jantje Fleischhut

Fachgebiet: Gestaltung von Schmuck und Objekt in räumlichen, medialen sozialen Kontexten

Prof. Uli Budde

Gestaltung von Objekt und Produkt

Dipl. Des. Maryvonne Wellen

3D Scanning, 3D Modelling und Rapid ​Prototyping ​

Dipl. Des. Jochen Zäh

Material und Technologie, 3D Analog & Digital

Lena Meyer

Wiss. Mitarbeiterin im Projekt Precious Plastic

The Department of Design at the Peter Behrens School of Arts at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences can now look back on more than 50 years of success, constantly evolving, addressing the design issues of society and exploring new solutions in the digital and global world.
Our more than 1,300 students in the Department of Design are supervised by around 25 professors, 35 research assistants and around 100 lecturers in the three Bachelor’s degree programs Communication Design, Retail Design, New Craft Object Design and the three Master’s degree programs Communication Design, New Craft Object Design and Exhibition Design.
Each course enables students to work on current tasks and issues in a design and solution-oriented manner. This is reflected in projects, exhibitions and collaborations for which our students have received numerous prizes and awards. This offer enables students to set individual priorities or to become a “specialist of the general”. Students use our state-of-the-art workshops to implement their creative ideas.

Students in Düsseldorf benefit from the wide range of companies, museums and creative forges in the fields of design, art, culture, music, advertising and fashion. The close links between the degree course and the cultural and professional environment of the city, the region and its international networks offer a wide range of opportunities for orientation.

New Craft Object Design course

The focus here is on objects, jewelry and products. The focus is on the intersection of technical and artistic training. The teaching is characterized by a great openness towards all directions of art and design.
The range of courses is very broad. Students learn new technologies and can ultimately move competently and confidently between the different practices, use them creatively and combine them professionally. The results range from applied to artistic. Here, the lateral thinking of each individual is encouraged and the open exchange of all areas of design is emphasized. Clear analyses, innovative concepts, production methods and artistic experiments are discussed and developed into unique pieces and ⁄ or series. The importance of both is equal.

Peter Behrens School of Arts

The architect, designer, typographer and painter Peter Behrens (1868-1940) was one of the most influential artists of his time at the beginning of the 20th century. His creative activity affected almost all artistic genres and, with his claim to cover all areas of life, is exemplary of the new role of the modern industrial designer.
Peter Behrens had special ties to the city of Düsseldorf through his work as director of the School of Arts and Crafts. Between 1903 and 1907, he fundamentally reformed design training by rejecting superficial decoration and the unreflected imitation of historical stylistic forms. Instead, he called for forms that were appropriate to the material and oriented towards the practical purposes of the object and the prevailing living conditions.

In 1971, when the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences was founded as part of the educational reform, the architecture and interior design group of the Werkkunstschule Krefeld and the Peter Behrens School of Art Düsseldorf laid the foundations for the architecture and design departments. On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Peter Behrens’ death in 2005, the Department of Architecture took on the name “Peter Behrens School of Architecture”. Since May 1, 2015, the closely networked interdisciplinary collaboration between the two independent departments of architecture and design within the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences has been reflected in the joint name “Peter Behrens School of Arts”.