International Design Week In Germany

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First year students enrolled on the following courses are eligible to participate in this opportunity: Design Products (MDes); Product Design (BA and BSc); Digital Design BA; Product and Furniture Design BA; Graphic Design (Illustration) BA; Interior Design BA,  specificially those studying the module, Principles of Design (DESP1026). The minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Study in Germany for a week at a German University during their International Seminar Week (ISW). This opportunity will particularly appeal to those who are considering studying abroad following their second year of study at DMU, or for students who want to experience a different style of teaching and get involved with German culture.

During ISW, teaching at Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Schwäbisch Gmünd, stops for a week with professors, designers and academics traveling from all over the world to teach a one week workshop on various topics. Students will get to participate in one of these workshops which 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday resulting a portfolio quality piece of work which is shared with the workshop participants on the Friday. Previous workshops have included; “Wearable Technology”, “Sustainable Design Development in India”, “Digital Workspaces” and more open/exploratory workshops such as “Common Places”.

The week is taught in English meaning you don’t need to be fluent in German to enjoy it, but it will also give you a chance pick up some of the basic language. You will get a chance to talk about your courses at DMU and hopefully encourage some HfG students to visit and study at our fantastic newly developed campus.

Cultural activities

Alongside the week-long intensive workshop, HfG students organise a mid-week bonfire/BBQ social within the school courtyard and an end of week themed party. Students will have free time in the evenings to explore the historic town and to interact with the local students.

Following the workshop week, free time at the weekend will allow students to explore Stuttgart, including the Mercedes-Benz museum and the Porsche Museum for anyone with a keen eye for design history and the automotive industry.

There may be an opportunity to visit the Cantsatter Wasen Stuttgart Früghlingsfest (Stuttgart Spring Festival), which is Europe’s largest spring festival featuring bratwurst, pretzels, craft stalls, fairground rides and beer halls.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the German immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Germany and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 12 May 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£45), food and drink, museum visits, visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 February 9am