This is BTK at the University of Applied Sciences Europe
The University of Applied Sciences Europe educates management and design talents in the following four faculties:
Here creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and digital thinking at international level meet in a unique way. This environment enables you to develop interdisciplinary skills that are in high demand today and distinguish you from other job applicants.
First founded as an independent university in 2006, BTK is today the Faculty of Art & Design at the University of Applied Sciences Europe and is known as a meeting point for young design and artistic talents and innovators of tomorrow. Here we provide an environment in which students and professors from all over the world are encouraged to develop new ideas and discover their full artistic potential.
Lay the foundations for an exciting and creative career.
Unique international networking
Make the world you campus and study at University of Applied Sciences Europe as part of a global network. We invite you to experiment during your studies, explore new paths, and find inspiration all over the world. Benefit from, for example:
Individual development, interdisciplinary learning
At University of Applied Sciences Europe, we offer an environment that demands and encourages innovative ideas and allows you to look over the horizon.
Successful designers work with other disciplines. The diversity of medial means and opportunities results increased interdisciplinary cooperation. Sophisticated and goal-oriented solutions require a mix of new technologies, artistic practices, research-based methods and entrepreneurial thinking.
As one of few universities, we offer programs in the broad fields of art, design, technology / digital media and entrepreneurship. So you have the opportunity to take project modules from numerous other programs such as Illustration, Film & Motion Design, Photography, or Game Design. Thus you can complete your creative profile and position yourself well in the job market.
Practice-oriented equipment for design programs
In interdisciplinary project weeks, workshops, and on specialized study trips, you work with students from all programs, test your abilities, and put your skills to use with technical equipment and software. Learn interdisciplinarily and experiment during your study of design.
What our practice-oriented programs offer, for example:
Study with professionals in an innovative environment
Successful artists and designers are not just creative, but they are also entrepreneurial. We prepare you for these challenges and connect you with people who know how to face them best.
Students learn intensively and individually in small classes and lecture groups. This creates a special learning environment, in which you can exchange with and inspire each other, and further your entrepreneurial thinking.
Become part of our team and make a difference - worldwide.
Programs at BTK
BTK offers different programs in the areas of art, design, and media:
Some of these programs are offered in English.
Choose from three locations
BTK has three locations in the creative centers Berlin, Hamburg, and Iserlohn (North Rhine-Westphalia).
Berlin - Creative center, trendsetter, lifestyle capital, incubator – few cities are praised worldwide for their diversity as much as Berlin. And this is reflected by us: On the BTK campus Berlin young creatives from over 90 countries study together.
Hamburg - In the media city No. 1, side by side with Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others! The BTK Campus Hamburg is close to both the eccentric trendsetting neighborhoods and classy city center.
Iserlohn - In North Rhine-Westphalia by Seilersee lies our Campus Iserlohn, the third-most beautiful campus in Germany according to a poll by the magazine Unicum. The creative centers of North Rhine-Westphalia – Dortmund and Cologne – are easily reached from there.
We would like to offer you a program where you learn with the equipment that you will be using later. Thus, depending on the campus, there is access to facilities such as
* only in Hamburg, ** only in Berlin
and more. You can borrow the equipment you need for your projects after class, or work directly in the studios or workshops.
State examined and accredited
University of Applied Sciences Europe is recognized and accredited by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German Council of Science and Humanities both by the state and as an institution. Furthermore, all our programs at BTK are accredited by ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency).
Your career after studying at BTK
A Bachelor’s degree at BTK is the perfect start to a successful future in web design or app development, photography, illustration, animation, advertising, picture editing, with publishers, magazines, in an established company or in your own business.
Our Master's programs give you further opportunities to find your own direction and to develop your personal style. Our International Career Center utilizes the contacts within our company and alumni network to personally support you in planning your individual career path and during the application phase.
Use BTK as the stepping stone for your creative path and leave your mark on the creative industry!
In the last few years, digitalization of the media has changed the job description for designers. Nowadays, designers work in an exciting space between art, design, and technology, across disciplines and international borders. We help you to develop your creativity individually, with an interdisciplinary approach and practical focus, allowing you to make a real impact with what you are doing. And that means worldwide. These four guiding principles form the basis for our actions in this regard:
Thinking globally, transcending boundaries
There are no boundaries to creativity. We believe that the best prerequisites for personal and creative growth come from being open to things new, having the courage to think differently, and being prepared to look beyond the immediate horizon.
At BTK we invite you to experiment, strike out in new directions, and find inspiration everywhere in the world through an interdisciplinary study course that offers many options to choose from among other BTK study programs, with integrated semesters and excursions abroad, international internship projects, and collaboration with like-minded professors and students from all over the world.
Each of us has special talents
Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
We help you to recognize your personal strengths and to develop your individual capabilities so that you can find your dream job later – by working closely with experienced professors from the real world in a trust-based study atmosphere that offers you an environment for your personal development.
Growth through trial and error
Creative design and hands-on learning have a special role here at BTK. Our mission is to offer you a course of studies of clear relevance to your later professional needs and to support you with exciting projects. We give you space in which to try out different directions and find your own way, whether with the aid of an interdisciplinary choice of subjects, as part of internship projects, “project weeks”, or with study-related traineeships. Because each of us grows along with our experiences!
Using team spirit, developing creativity
We believe that a team is more than the sum of its members. Often, the best ideas emerge from creative exchange. Here at BTK, we bring together professors, students and partners in cooperation from some 50 nations, each with their individual talents and expertise.
This creates a very special learning environment in which you exchange views, mutually inspire each other, and also encourage each other to think as entrepreneurs, as for example when planning joint exhibitions and conferences, or as part of global internship projects in which you develop creative solutions and give food for thought to clients from industry and the world of art and culture. And many of the connections made here at BTK endure long after your studies are over.
On the teaching side also, you profit from exchange within a team because of the close cooperation of BTK with partners and well-known universities within and outside the Laureate Network in the development of program content and teaching formats that have relevance for the future, such as lectures that span both national borders and continents.
Be part of our team and make an impact – worldwide!
The BTK offers you six Bachelor and two Master programs in the specialist areas of Photography, Illustration, Communication Design, Interaction Design, Game Design, Film + Motion Design and Media Spaces.
The BTK has three locations, the creative hubs of Berlin, Hamburg, and Iserlohn.
Study in Berlin, in the very heart of this pulsating international metropolis and center of creativity and start-ups, in city No. 1 for media Hamburg or in Iserlohn, in one of the most important industrial area of Germany among more than 150 world market leaders . Become part of the world’s biggest education network, Laureate International Universities, and gain valuable experiences in international studies and practices, both in Germany and abroad.
Berlin – Vibrant metropolis: In terms of art, fashion, and design, Berlin rates as one of the world’s hottest “in” cities, designated by UNESCO as the “City of Design” and featured in the global network of “Creative Cities”. Moreover, with nearly 2,500 new businesses started every day Berlin is a significant start-up metropolis and the Silicon Valley of Europe – a mecca for creative minds and innovators with strong appeal for companies and agencies throughout the world. The BTK Campus in Berlin is located right in the heart of this vibrant capital, immediately adjacent to the Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate. On a campus of 6,500 m², students will find highly modern studios and workspaces that make possible an especially innovative study course with a practical orientation. The big cafeteria with its spacious sundeck provides lots of room for creative exchange and relaxation during breaks.
Hamburg - No. 1 city for media: The trading metropolis and port city of Hamburg is not only emblematic of inventiveness and a symbol of creative force, but it is also Germany’s most important city for media. Around 15,000 companies from the fields of advertising, publishing, print, radio, film, television, gaming, music, multimedia, and e-commerce call Hamburg their home. The Altona Campus is located in the middle of the exuberant creative milieu of the district of Ottensen, just a stone’s throw from the Elbe River and the port. This neighborhood is a hotspot for designers and artists from Hamburg and from all over the world and is famous for its diversity and blending of cultures. Located in the famous ‘bahn_hoefe’ (railway station building), the campus is impressive with its spacious premises offering students highly modern studios and facilities for an extraordinarily hands-on learning experience in Hamburg. Its location right next to the Altona Railway Station makes the campus a central, creative contact point for our students, professors and lecturers.
Iserlohn - Region of Hidden Champions: The Seilersee Campus lies surrounded by nature in the middle of one of the most beautiful local recreational areas in Germany but at the same time it is right next to cultural centers such as Dortmund, Essen, and Düsseldorf, thus offering lots of room for inspiration and creative work. Moreover, Iserlohn is located in the center of one of Germany’s most innovative economic regions. Many long-established companies (more than 150 world market leaders) develop their pioneering products here on a daily basis, e.g. for the electronics, lighting, or automobile industries, where creative thinkers also play a leading role: Because innovations appeal to us not only through their function but also through form, design, and presentation.
The study atmosphere is highly personal and familiar, providing a direct connection between the university and opportunities for living and leisure.
Our latest, comprehensive media and design technology provides you with an extraordinarily contemporary program of design studies that is both professional and successful. In our highly modern studios, “live” and up close, you learn in settings that are similar to your future work environment. Modern facilities are made available to you for use before, during and after the lectures.
What you can expect from us:
* only in Hamburg, ** only in Berlin
Particularly for careers that are continuously changing and developing, it is essential that you master the basics. That’s why we teach you the basics “from the bottom up”:
A Bachelor program at the BTK is the best start towards a successful future: In web design or developing apps; in photography, illustration, or cartoon animation; in advertising agencies and image editing; in publishing houses and in magazines; in companies, or even your own business.
Our Master's programs qualify you and your perspectives further by developing your own direction and personal style. Self-reflection is a fundamental component that facilitates future decisions in the creative process and accelerates your creative career.
Use the BTK as a springboard for your creative career path and set out your own course.