University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover
Design & Media Department
Expo Plaza 2
30539 Hannover


Gunnar Spellmeyer
Professor for
Design, Entrepreneurship, Presentation

Patrick Frey
Visiting Professor for Design, Presentation

Frank Weiß
Visiting professor for
Computer aided design

Ralf Baumunk
Professor for
Computer aided design

Sönke Hoof
Professor for
design basics

Dr. Falk Höhn
Professor for
Computer aided design

Michael Nickla
Professor for
Design Methodology, Technology Design

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover

Product designers optimize, develop and invent things that are manufactured industrially and in series. As designers, we see ourselves as consumer advocates with a certain responsibility in terms of both ecological and social relationships. Economic aspects come second: our environment and community have priority. Ours is one of Germany’s first study programs for industrial design, established in 1952 and following the traditions of its predecessor, an old Werkkunstschule. The term product design expresses the true focus of design activity: to develop products and services that not only please people, but serve them as well. We concentrate on human-centred design – regardless of whether the idea for a product or service ever becomes reality: manufactured in series, mass-customized or even created with a 3D printer.

What will I learn?

The old limits are disappearing; new technologies and innovative materials are being created; needs are changing in view of the demographic shift; new business models are arising. Our Product Design program has taken up these challenges. Products and Services are being either optimized or reinvented. However, these innovations must ultimately withstand critical, multifaceted testing. In these times, when access to knowledge is ubiquitous, postsecondary education must be more than a repository of digital material. Hanover’s Product Design program practices new teaching methods, conveys information in dialogues and discourse, creates platforms for critical discussion and thus provides students with the foundations to form their characters as true designers. Many international cooperative programs, e.g. in Indonesia, India, China, Australia or the USA, contribute significantly to our students’ personal development.

GDG – Submissions
More about the projects on the Graduates Platform

Jasper Levin Mahlau
Maxi Alexandra Bücker
Niklas Schmidt
Ben Henneberger & Laurenz Max Loevenich
Luis Lennart Gerberding
Fynn Alker

Mauro Dramma
Julia Ruchatz
Feng Dong
Inga Jansen

Valeria Lambrecht
Kevin Faeseler
Maike Grubert
Jan Zinnenlauf
Constantin Werner
Joanna Sabisch
Valentin Koller

School Profile Projects

Valeria Lambrecht / Piano
Valentin Koller / Störenfried
Joanna Sabisch / Objektträger
Julia Ruchatz / Attach