Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication Design at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences 7 Semesters
Germany Full Time
Bachelor of Arts in Information and Communication Design Onsite
  • Practical and future-oriented
    Our offers are based on the requirements of the labor market. To ensure that you are well prepared for a long-term career, this includes a continuous examination of new ideas, exploration of new techniques, and time for experiments.
  • Outstanding equipment
    As a young university, we have state-of-the-art facilities, including MacPools, a digital print shop, media labs, and a photo studio. The heart of the faculty is the FabLab, a high-tech workshop that is larger than 600 m².
  • Individual support
    The main focus of the course is project work in small groups. We would like to help each individual student to develop his or her personal talent.

Interfaces, brochures, books, posters, trademarks – we are surrounded by the works of communication designers. Good communication design is not only functional but receptive to emotional aspects as well. This is why communication designers have to find solutions to a huge variety of questions: Which features does a user interface need to make it easy to operate? What kind of package design is best suited to emphasize the qualities of a product? How can a diagram distill complex information into a more easily understandable form? How can I develop a creative and intelligent concept to help a business stand out from other businesses? The list goes on.

Designers of the future will not just be responsible for staging the products of others. Working in interdisciplinary teams, they will be tasked more and more with developing content, products, and services from scratch. This is why at Rhine-Waal, we put a special emphasis on interdisciplinary cooperation and work closely with our faculty’s IT experts, psychologists, natural scientists, engineers, and economists.

Our approach to teaching and learning focuses on the cutting edge. For example, it addresses future-oriented design areas like interface and motion design. Throughout your studies, you will benefit from continuous access to state-of-the-art equipment, computers, and tools used in professional media production.

Course Details:

In your first year, you will be introduced to creative, technical, and theoretical fundamentals and are offered courses in illustration and photography to advance your skills in crucial design techniques.

Starting with the third semester, you will undertake a large number of practical design projects which are the heart of our degree program. The diverse range of practices and processes you can engage with are, e.g. corporate design, editorial and book design, interface design, motion graphics, information design, or exhibition design projects.

In many of our projects, we cooperate with external institutions and companies to provide you with opportunities to gather design experience in a real-world setting. Although the focus is on practical work, we also emphasise the history and theory of design through lectures and seminars.

Enrollment Requirements:

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences welcomes applications from nationals of all countries. Please see our website for general admission requirements.
Other requirements for the Information and Communication Design BA program include the following:

  1. a sufficient level of English language proficiency (level B2 CEFR or better)
  2. interest in design, music, and arts

Admission to this course is primarily based on the submission of a portfolio of your work. For more information, please see:


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Costs/Tuition Fees:

Free of Cost

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Language Requirements:

Please note that English language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference are required for our Bachelor’s degree programs. Please be aware that all applicants’ test report form numbers will be checked. The following certificates are accepted:

  1. IELTS: level CEFR B2 or better
  2. TOEFL: level CEFR B2 or better

The TOEFL code of our university: 6962


About the University/Institution:

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, with two campus locations in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort and over 7,300 students, is an innovative, interdisciplinary, and international university of applied sciences. The university currently offers 36 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in engineering, the natural and social sciences, technology, design, and more. Our programmes are geared towards your employability, addressing current and future needs of industry by giving you valuable expertise and experience in your field of study. We are unique in that some 75% of our programmes are taught exclusively in English, resulting in a vibrant campus culture and a rich, intercultural exchange of ideas, experience, and knowledge.

Application Deadline:

All applicants: 15 July for the following winter semester

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