Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

A unique combination of artistic, design and theoretical subjects makes studying at the HfG Karlsruhe particularly versatile and exciting for future professional activities. 
The degree programmes in communication design, product design, media art, exhibition design and scenography, as well as art studies, media theory and media philosophy, all have in common the often specifically interdisciplinary project work practised from the very beginning. In this way, the HfG’s teaching concept enables students to optimally combine theory and practice. 
The cooperation with the neighbouring ZKM | Centre for Art and Media also illustrates the interdisciplinary orientation of the university. 
Internationally renowned professors and artists stand for excellent teaching and an international profile of the HfG. Well-equipped studios and workshops guarantee an extraordinary and innovative culture of experimentation.
A distinctive feature of the HfG is its building. Together with the ZKM, the university is housed in a former industrial building. Atriums, light bridges and adjoining rooms offer unique event and exhibition possibilities. 
The HfG not only offers its current 400 students excellent study conditions, but is also one of the few universities in Germany that still awards Diplom and Magister degrees. With these internationally recognised degrees and a versatile, project-oriented course of study, HfG graduates are ideally prepared for the professional demands after their academic studies.

Product Design at the HfG Karlsruhe

The study of product design at the HfG Karlsruhe is oriented towards society’s need for contemporary design, not only for private households but also, for example, for public spaces and the world of work. The subject sees itself as a discipline that responds in a special way to socio-cultural and technological change. In addition to the design of serially produced goods, product designers are increasingly expected to provide conceptual services that take into account and critically examine the diverse conditions of Industry 4.0 and new technologies. The focus of the education lies in the interdisciplinary orientation of the study programme and the work on projects from the very beginning. Within the framework of this concrete project study, an intuitive-emotional approach to the respective task is encouraged and promoted in addition to the teaching of the purely factual basics. Priority is given to projects that reveal new perspectives of the field of work, but also new forms of presentation and resource management. 

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