So, you have decided to study at the Bern University of the Arts? Then do not hesitate and apply right now! By applying online, you will be kept up-to-date at every stage of the process.
1. Contact us
The Head of Degree Programme will be happy to answer your questions about your registration, or advise you on the development of your project idea. Contact us via e-mail and arrange a consultation – in person, by phone or via Skype.
Please have the following documents ready in electronic form according to your academic history (passport photo: JPG / remaining documents: PDF). The maximum size per document is 1 MB.
ID card or passport
A diploma qualifying you for university studies (for example, A-Levels, Matura from a Gymnasium, Berufsmaturität, Fachmaturität, Abitur)
A CV in tablular form
A motivation letter expressing which field of study (“Entrepreneurship” or “Research” of the Master in Design at the HKB) you would like to undertake, and why. Max. 500 words.
For international students, the following documents are also required:
- A residence permit (if available)
If you were already enrolled at another university:
- Confirmation of exmatriculation
- Diploma and Transcript of previous academic history
In case you do not have the above listed documents, please mention this in the comments section.
3. Upload your portfolio
As part of your online application, please upload your portfolio as one coherent PDF file under «weitere Unterlagen». Links to websites are also possible. The file must not exceed 25 MB in size.
If you would like to attach other file formats, insert hyperlinks into the PDF file. This way you can add links to web pages, large images, audio and video files – stored on Dropbox or similar cloud storage systems.
Please name the file as follows: «Portfolio MA Design_[Name]_[First Name]_Bewerbung 20xx»
Based on your portfolio, we will decide if you are eligible for an interview.
The portfolio can contain the following elements:
- selected projects (results and documentations) from your bachelor studies
- selected projects (results and documentations) from assignments (developed during self-employment or while employed)
- selected research projects (results and documentations)
- information about the development of the projects
- comments relating to the projects
4. Present your project idea to us
In you are accepted for an interview, you will receive an invitation letter. You will have 20 minutes to present your project idea to us. Afterwards, we will ask you questions regarding your project for 10 minutes. The aptitude assessment committee consists of the Head of Degree Programme (Chair), at least two lecturers, and one assistant. Please note that a failed interview cannot be repeated, but you can apply a total of two times.
5. Be patient
We will inform you no later than May whether you can commence your studies in the Master of Arts in Design. In addition to direct admission, we will create a waiting list. If you are accepted on the waiting list, we will inform you in June whether you can commence your studies. We look forward to receiving your application and are keeping our fingers crossed!
We cannot conduct any correspondence or provide any information via telephone about the aptitude assessment. The HBK cannot assume any liability for submitted portfolios.
Transferring from another university
In case you are enrolled at a university and would like to transfer to the MA Design programme at the HKB, contact the Head of Degree Programme and note under «Bemerkungen», that you would like to change universities and possibly enter a higher semester.
ERASMUS- and visiting students
If you are enrolled in another university and wish to complete part of your studies with the MA Design programme, please contact the Head of Degree Programme.