Communication Design – for foreign students


Moduleguide BA degree Programm for Communication Design
Flyer BA degree Programm for Communication Design

Application and Requirements

Foreign applicants, who are planning on studying at the Trier University of Applied Sciences by taking part in an exchange program (i.e. Erasmus), should first inform themselves whether their home university has a partnership agreement with Trier. In this case you can apply at the international office by handing in your portfolio, a motivational letter and an application form. The deadlines for submitting applications are June 15th (winter term) and December 15th (summer term).

Foreign applicants who seek to attend a regular degree program at the Trier University of Applied Sciences will have to provide prove of a higher education entrance qualification. Whether they will directly be admitted to the Trier University of Applied Sciences with their higher education entrance qualification can be checked at the admissions databank of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – or under

Prior to the start of the degree program you may have to take a qualification assessment examination (Feststellungsprüfung), formally called the „Examination to Assess the Qualification of Foreign Applicants for Admission to Universities in the Federal Republic of Germany“. The preparatory course for foreign students (Studienkolleg) of the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern ( is also responsible for the Trier University of Applied Sciences.

Furthermore, applicants for a regular degree program at the Trier University of Applied Sciences need to have sufficient knowledge of the German language, which they should show in the form of a language test. In addition, they are required to either take the “German Language University Entrance Examination for Foreigners” (DSH) or the “Language Examination for German as a Foreign Language” (TestDaF).

Campus for Design

At the campus for design of the Trier University of Applied Sciences six disciplines of design are offered: architecture, interior architecture, fashion design, intermedia design, communcation design as well as gemstone and jewelry design. These disciplines compliment and enrich each other through a lively interdisciplinary exchange. Apart from the acquisition of specific professional knowledge students are further given the opportunity to get to know other areas in the field of design. The educational contents of all fields of study are characterized particularly by the open and transparent structures found in our department. Therefore, joint projects, exhibitions and other events are frequently organized, through which all fields of study from the department of design present themselves to the general public.

Living and Studying in Trier

The building of the former school for trades and the applied arts, which was inaugurated in 1912, is today home to the academic disciplines of communcation design and interior design. It is located at the Paulus Square in the city center and, at the same time, only a few minutes‘ walk from the Moselle river. The light-flooded architecture is explained by the building’s historical purpose and creates optimal conditions for studying design in the present time.

With over 100 000 inhabitants Trier is one of the smaller major cities in Germany. The city is situated along the scenic Moselle river and – as it is characteristic for the Moselle Region – surrounded by vineyards. Due to the mostly rural countryside the city’s surroundings offer a wide varity of sporting activities, allowing a balanced escape from the daily studies. Through the numerous students both from the University of Applied Sciences and from the Unversity of Trier a vibrant student life and culture is present everywhere throughout the city.

Various cultural attractions can further be found in the nearby captial city of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. A mere 50 kilometers away, the city can comfortably be reached by train or by bus. Moreover, the relative closeness to France makes Trier an interesting location to study at. The French city of Metz, for example, is only an hour’s drive from Trier.

In collaboration with the cultural centers of Luxembourg, Metz and Saarbrücken, Trier forms a cross-border „QuattroPole“. This cities network and not least the well-developed infrastructure promote international design projects, which have already drawn the attention of the general public.

Contact and Information

Contact and general Information

International Office of the Trier University of Applied Sciences
Office: Schneidershof, Building O, Room 1 and 2
54293 Trier – Germany
Phone: +49 651 8103-378
Fax: +49 651 8103-547

Coordinator for International Students

Mr Berndt Werner
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10:45-11:45 am (O2)
Phone: +49 651 8103 – 404

Coordination Foreign Exchange
in the Field of Communcation Design

Prof. Anna Bulanda-Pantalacci
Phone: +49 651 8103-144
Office: Paulusplatz Trier, Room 114

Coordination US-Exchange

Prof. Andreas Hogan
Phone: +49 651 8103-119
Office: Paulusplatz Trier, Room 06

Studying Communication Design

Eight professors as well as additional teachers, lecturers and other staff members offer a multifaceted study program for about 200 students of communcation design.

In the degree program communication design at the Trier University of Applied Sciences the artistic, conceptional and compositional creativity is inseparably linked to formative, mechanical and technical competence. The goal of the study of communcation design is to prepare the students for future professional employment in the field of visual communcation. It raises the students‘ awareness for visual concerns, trains them within the technical and design possibilities of the subject, mediates skills in the classification of drafts and in the effective transfer of communication contents. Students of the study program will solve design related tasks in the fields of social information transfer through text, images and sound. The study of communication design forms the basis for employment in a wide occupational field, such as in advertising agencies, design studios, industrial enterprises, publishing companies, TV/broadcasting companies and in freelance work. This describes a scope of duties which is just as broad as it is diverse and in which students can acquire a wide variety of competences and skills as part of their bachelor and master’s programs.

Due to the comparatively small number of students per semester individual counseling by the teaching staff is ensured. In addition, excellent foundations are laid for effective student research projects. Furthermore, this promotes a relaxed, almost familiar atmosphere and a strong bond among one another.

They work diligently on the test but many are confused because what they are being asked was never taught to them because this specific test concentrates on subjects they haven’t seen since the 8th grade.