Partnerformate 2024


GDG partner formats are individual support programmes and are realised with our cooperation partners from industry and culture. The formats and partners can change annually.


The GDG partner formats give you the chance to make exclusive contacts, expand your knowledge and skills and share your knowledge of design and specific topics. The individual support programmes offer you profound opportunities for professionalisation and support significant professional and personal development potential.


In cooperation with the Stiftung Deutsches Design Museum and the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, the German Design Graduates programme of the German Design Council Foundation offers you the opportunity to hold workshops on the topic of democracy and design for secondary school students (grades 9-12) in the museum’s education rooms. Part of the support is coaching for the selected graduates by the Stiftung Deutsches Design Museum, which supports the target group-specific conception of the workshop, as well as the acquisition of workshop participants by Create, the education studio of the Museum Angewandte Kunst.

Ambiente FAIR Frankfurt

Ambiente offers selected graduates the opportunity to participate in the Ambiente ‘Talents’ young talent programme. This includes an exhibition space in one of the Talents areas at Ambiente as well as associated networking events. At their stand, the selected graduates have the opportunity to present their current designs in person to the industry in the context of well-known consumer goods brands and the international trade public and to make important contacts in the sector.


The special show ‘Talente – Meister der Zukunft’ at the International Crafts Fair Munich offers selected graduates the opportunity to present their work to an international audience of experts. The aim of the competition organised by the Chamber of Skilled Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria and the subsequent exhibition is to promote particularly talented young people in all areas of the skilled crafts and applied arts and to demonstrate the future potential of the skilled crafts sector. The works should be the result of an intensive examination of formal or technical problems and arrive at new, unusual or surprising solutions. It is a prerequisite that all exhibits are designed and crafted by the exhibitors themselves.


The Design Campus Dresden is awarding a scholarship for participation in a summer school at Schloss Hubertusburg between Leipzig and Dresden in 2024. The Design Campus summer school promotes critical and utopian thinking and is being organised this year by the Dutch studio Makkink & Bey (Rianne Makkink & Juergen Bey) based on the concept of the “WaterSchool” – an exhibition project including a summer school. The castle and its surroundings are being researched in order to identify potential for improving the quality of life in rural areas, particularly with regard to the sustainable use of water resources.

PR-Coaching Jasmin Jouhar & Kommunikationsexpert*innen GDC

In collaboration with communication experts from the German Design Council, freelance journalist and moderator Jasmin Jouhar offers selected young talents half-day coaching in public relations and communication. Aspects of successful corporate communication, cooperation with the media (print and online), the creation of press material (text and images) and strategies for social media (language, images, video) are discussed in inputs and individual discussions. 

The programme is aimed at anyone who wants to become self-employed as a designer or set up their own company/start-up. The coaching is expected to take place in Frankfurt am Main during the duration of the museum exhibition from 31 August to 15 December 2024. 


From the design to the shop: For every design and every product, this is an exciting journey with many development steps, important decisions and a lot of work – on the product itself, but also in the areas of sales, logistics, communication and marketing. During a one-day workshop at the MAGAZIN product development office in Berlin, you will find out how all the activities at the retailer, designer and producer MAGAZIN are interlinked. And directly from those who deal with it on a daily basis: Experts from product development, marketing and project management will tell you how a product is brought to market. And will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

GDC Summit – Thinking Circular

On the topic of Circular Design, selected graduates will be given the opportunity to present their final project to an exclusive audience of entrepreneurs in a Pecha Kucha at the GDC Summit 2024. The networking event offers intensive opportunities to talk to industry experts, brand specialists and designers and make valuable contacts. Part of the sponsorship includes preparatory coaching by Julia Voigtländer (Vice President Foundation -Development & Strategy, German Design Council) on the topic of presentation and Bernd Müller (Director International Relations & Sustainability, German Design Council) on the topic of circularity. The summit will take place in autumn/winter 2024. The detailed programme will follow.

IfDRA –  Expert*innenrunde: Perspektiven der Designforschung

At the interface between universities, companies and designers, the Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA) offers the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the diverse perspectives of design research. A panel of experts with representatives from all of the above-mentioned areas will discuss topics that are relevant to you. These could be questions about doctoral opportunities or topics of applied research with partners from industry, specific methods of design research and much more. The idea is to respond to your individual needs in order to engage in an intensive dialogue.

Kulturhauptstadt Europa 2025 – Chemnitz

The European Capital of Culture Chemnitz is offering you the opportunity to get involved in selected maker hubs in the coming year. You can find more information about the Maker Hubs here. You can get involved in the Textile Hub at the Esche Museum in Limbach-Oberfrohna and the Makerhouse at Fürstenplatz in Schneeberg. The Textile Hub is being developed as a competence centre for textiles with a focus on knitting and ready-to-wear as an interface between research, development, industry, design and production. The Makerhouse at Fürstenplatz in Schneeberg will become an interface with supra-regional appeal for the topics of wood and fashion between the young creative scene and the Faculty of Applied Arts Schneeberg at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau.

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