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Throughout this exciting degree, our aim is to foster new talent into creative leaders within the commercially oriented field of graphic design. From typography to visual corporate identity, you’ll meet the demands for UI/UX design solutions, websites and digital publishing. This is the guided pathway for our students to generate outstanding quality content for their successful futures within the communications industry.

BSBI’s diverse approach to teaching includes studio-based collaborative learning environment, workshops and support to find extra-curricular industry placements, always with a strong emphasis on the highest practical and industry related standards. The backbone of which is our strong focus on enterprise, leadership and success.

The course enables you to develop your design potential whilst guided by industry experts combining your work within an extensive portfolio of powerful software skills and effective creative thinking methods in highly complex design situations enhanced by a practical, vocational approach.

The four-year international route programme includes a foundation year, which will introduce you to the fundamentals of the creative industry and will give you the opportunity to refine a career path. You’ll build a strong portfolio needed to progress directly into your BA degree, whilst being prepared to use English language in an academic context.

Berlin School of Business and Innovation is in proud partnership with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), a Gold Standard Institution under the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). The university was the highest placed specialist creative university in the Complete University Guide and The Guardian’s 2020 League Table.

Secure your place on this programme by applying today for our upcoming intakes. Find out how to apply here.

What will you experience?

Central elements of this course include typographic skills and the focused application of design principles, which respond to practical design challenges in highly versatile markets. Structured teaching also encourages independent learning and project management. Students will engage in studio time, seminars and workshops but also supplementary activities such as gaining industry experience, all within Europe’s most exciting leading creative industry hub of Hamburg.

Why study this course?

This course encourages students to develop a creative mindset with the dedicated support of our expert faculty who have years of top industry experience. Your learning will be enhanced through teamwork, industry experience and stimulating live competitions.

Who should take this course?

In partnership with the highest-ranking creative education institutions, we aim to attract the most creative minds to generate expert professionals who will be equipped with the creative and practical solutions required in the professional graphic design landscape.

Course Price

International Students Price€11,000  per year 

EU Students Price: €8,000 per year

Top-up: €8,000 per year

The School's admissions process is subject to the Consumer Contracts (Terms and Conditions). Information on your Right of Withdrawal and our Refund Policy can be found in the BSBI study agreement.

Programme Structure

The majority of your work will be completed in groups and on-going support will be provided through the use of structured, targeted individual tutorials and online tutorials.

The learning and teaching will consist of a variety of elements such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, animated/non-animated video, practical work, seminars and trips. The assessment strategy will include individual/group reports and/or presentations, case studies, essays, portfolio development, reflective journals and experiential work based activities.

International Foundation in Art Design and Media
  • English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study skills
  • Exploring Practices, Process, Materials and Techniques
  • Investigating Specialist Practice
  • Final Major Project
 Year 1 
  • Methods and Processes
  • Typography and Principles of Visual Communication
  • Historical and Contextual Methods
Year 2
  • Design Direction
  • Contextual Research and Theory
  • Study Abroad Exchange (optional)
Year 3
  • Contextual Research and Critical Perspectives
  • Final Major Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Location: BSBI Hamburg Campus
  • Duration: 3 years / 4 years including integrated international foundation studies in Art Design and Media
  • Intakes:
    • 2021: October
    • 2022: February, October
  • Awarding body: University for the Creative Arts
  • Fees:
    • EU students: €8,000/year
    • International students: €11,000/year

The School's admissions process is subject to the Consumer Contracts (Terms and Conditions). Information on your Right of Withdrawal and our Refund Policy can be found in the BSBI study agreement.

Minimum Age: 18 (titles awarded upon completion of at least 12 years of schooling)

During the foundation year of this course, you’ll be taught how to create an exceptional portfolio to guarantee you a direct progression into your degree course.

Academic qualifications: A school leaving certificate with a pass to pursue higher education in Germany e.g. Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Matura. Alternatively, an international baccalaureate, international school leaving certificates, BTEC/national diploma or advanced vocational certificate of education will be accepted.

If you do not meet the above academic requirements, applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

TOP-UP Entry requirements

  • Portfolio submission: HTK graduates are not required to present a portfolio upon certified successful completion of their vocational training and are eligible for a direct entry into year 3 Top Up Degree.
  • English language requirements:
    • HTK students are required to pass BSBI English diagnostics test which will be provided by BSBI in Hamburg.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS Academic - Minimum overall score of 6.0 (with min 5.5 in each component) or equivalent test (i.e. Password Test, PTE, TOEFL IBT)

The English Language test can be waived and a medium of instruction letter submitted if:

    • Applicants have achieved NARIC recognised high school certificate or above*, where the medium was entirely taught in English (teaching and assessment)
    • You are a Canadian national who has completed studies at an English-speaking school/college/university
  • West African Certificates (WAEC AND NECO only) with a minimum of C6 in English and issued within the last 5 years. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is also accepted with an overall grade C or above. For applications from Tanzania and Cameroon, we request an IELTS (or equivalent certificate)
  • Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge AICE certificates
  • International baccalaureate diploma with: English Syllabus A: Standard or Higher Grade 4, or above and English Syllabus B: Standard Grade 5 or Higher Grade 4, or above.
  • Nationals of majority English speaking countries who have obtained their academic qualifications in that country do not need to sit an English test. This includes applicants from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK and USA.

* A high school certificate can be an undergraduate certificate, undergraduate diploma, HNC, HND,CertHE, DipHE, etc.

1. Computer Equipment

In terms of recent developments of hybrid learning, we require each student to arrive equipped with their laptop. We, therefore, recommend the purchase of a design-friendly mobile laptop. You will receive specific details on your laptop requirements purchase from our admission team via the admission portal.

2. Your Portfolio Submission

For year 1 entry you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via our BSBI Applicant Portal.

What is a portfolio?

  • Your portfolio is a collection of your best work. We want to see what inspires you, how you develop your work, your creative thinking processes, how and what you create and what makes you a unique creative individual.

What should my portfolio contain?

  • Your portfolio might contain sketches and paintings, digital art and design.It might also contain sound work, short films.
  • Upload up to 12 pieces of work which can include audio or video files.

How do I submit my portfolio?

  • We’ll only be accepting portfolios digitally. You can do this once you’ve applied via our online submission system within the Applicant Portal.
  • You can also link to external websites such as Vimeo and YouTube.

Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided by our admissions team via our admissions portal once you have applied.

You can apply now to study with BSBI! It’s quick and easy, here’s how it works:

  1. Create an account here
  2. Select the programme and intake you want to apply for
  3. Complete all sections of the online application
  4. Submit online application
  5. Our Admissions Team will liaise with you with regards to next steps

BSBI, in partnership with leading creative institution, University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is offering the opportunity to enrich your vocational qualification with this top-up bachelor’s degree in just a year

The course will enable you to reach your full design potential with the help of industry experts. You’ll build a strong portfolio of powerful software skills and demonstrate effective thinking methods to navigate the challenges of today’s creative industry.
This course is ideal for those looking to top up and enhance their expertise, confidence and skills in graphic design. You’ll become equipped with the latest skills in digital design software in order to produce an industry-standard portfolio for future career opportunities.

This top-up programme is tailored to students looking to build upon their knowledge of the graphic design industry and clearly communicate their creative ideas through a final major project.


•Contextual Research and Critical Perspectives
•Final Major Project
•Professional Practice

Key Facts

Duration: 1 year (full-time)
Intakes: February, October
Delivery: On-campus (Hamburg)
Fees: €8,000/year

Entry Requirements

Graduates from a vocational design or communications academy/institute in Germany are not required to present a portfolio upon certified successful completion of their vocational training and are eligible for a direct entry into year 3 top-up degree.

English language

Graduates from a vocational design or communications academy/institute in Germany are not required to present an IELTS language test but required to pass BSBI English diagnostics test which will be provided by BSBI in Hamburg.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students should be able to:


  • Apply good knowledge of English to communicate relevant international, cultural, contemporary knowledge and historical, theoretical and professional contexts
  • Understand and formulate unique ideas into convincing concepts for the industry
  • Generate research and apply technological, theoretical and detailed knowledge of graphic design 
  • Understand various emerging and contemporary developments and debates in the communications industry

Application to the industry

  • Apply autonomy to deliver primary and secondary research involving the identification and use of relevant resources
  • To remain focused on upcoming employment opportunities within today’s dynamic and versatile market 
  • Combine practical training with independent study, to reach full design potential and respond effectively to changing briefs and client’s needs
  • Evaluate and apply a range of methods to respond to evolving and emerging technological changes in design applications to support opportunities in your creative practice 


  • Enhance understanding of critical engagement within the creative arts industry
  • Apply profound graphic design principles and technical skills in relation to associated industries and environments
  • Present and communicate compelling ideas, concepts, sustained research and teamwork efforts
  • Stay career minded and sustain your own networkability

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Career Progression

BSBI’s industry focused environment provides the ideal support to our students in their personal and professional development. Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to pursue the following careers:

  • Graphic designer
  • Branding/corporate designer
  • Packaging designer
  • Editorial designer
  • Web and app designer
  • UI/UX designer
  • Art director
  • Creative director
  • Video director
  • Visualiser/visual creative

Hamburg shows it is at the heart of the creative industries within Europe.

Designers can benefit from digitization and the positive economic situation in Germany, did you know the industry has had an average growth of 4.1% until 2014-2019 in the communication design industry? 

Source: Ibisworld.com

Established Creative Agencies: 

Study in Hamburg, close to creative agencies like Jung von Matt, Blynk, Serious, Paperlux Studio, Sum.Cumo. Better yet, be near to start ups featuring client portfolios reaching from BMW, Google, Airbus to Mercedes Benz and Mc’ Donalds.