The University of Applied Sciences Europe* - Iserlohn, Berlin, Hamburg educates the designers and decision-makers of tomorrow in the fields of
The University of Applied Sciences Europe is part of Global University Systems. The university promotes the future-oriented development of skills and interdisciplinary teaching formats in step with actual practice and according to the highest international standards at locations in Iserlohn, Berlin and Hamburg.
Through the interaction between creative, entrepreneurial and digital thinking, as well as an international perspective, the various fields of study mutually enrich each other and offer new approaches in teaching and research tailored to the requirements of Job Market 4.0.
* Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Europa (HAWE)
First founded as an independent university in 2006, BTK is today part of 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.
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:
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 programmes in the broad fields of art, design, technology / digital media and entrepreneurship. So you have the opportunity to take project modules from numerous other programmes 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.
In interdisciplinary project weeks, workshops, and on specialized study trips, you work with students from all programmes, 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 programmes offer, for example:
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.
Our university offers different programmes in the areas of art, design, and media:
Some of these programmes are offered in English.
University of Applied Sciences Europe has two locations in the creative centers Berlin and Hamburg.
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 University of Applied Sciences Europe campus Berlin young creatives from over 100 countries study together.
Hamburg - In the media city No. 1, side by side with Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others. The University of Applied Sciences Europe Campus Hamburg is close to both the eccentric trendsetting neighborhoods and classy city center.
We would like to offer you a programme where you learn with the equipment that you will be using later. Thus, depending on the campus, there is access to facilities ranging from Mac pools to photo studios to screen printing workshops and more. You can borrow the equipment you need for your projects after class, or work directly in the studios or workshops. More about our facilities can be found here.
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 programmes at University of Applied Sciences Europe are accredited by ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency).
A Bachelor’s degree at our university 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 programmes give you further opportunities to find your own direction and to develop your personal style. Our International Career Center utilises the contacts within our company and alumni network to personally support you in planning your individual career path and during the application phase.
Use the University of Applied Sciences Europe 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:
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 the University of Applied Sciences Europe 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 study programmes, with integrated semesters and excursions abroad, international internship projects, and collaboration with like-minded professors and students from all over the world.
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.
Creative design and hands-on learning have a special role here at our university. 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.
We believe that a team is more than the sum of its members. Often, the best ideas emerge from creative exchange. Here at University of Applied Sciences Europe, 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 our university 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 University of Applied Sciences Europe with partners and well-known universities worldwide in the development of programme 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.
At the University of Applied Sciences Europe we are committed to providing our graduates with lasting and successful studies and training for job in the digital age. As a state-accredited university of applied sciences under private ownership, we promote especially independent entrepreneurial-creative thinking and acting. We provide the relevant specialist, decision-making and social skills through modern pedagogical concepts in flexible study programmes. As a cosmopolitan, European university, we cultivate both local and global perspectives and actively promote the international mobility of our students.
We pursue respectful interpersonal relationships that motivate our students and employees to contribute to the shaping and further development of the university. At each campus we cultivate a personal atmosphere by individually addressing and actively accompanying the unique strengths, life situations and development paths of our students.
The consistent combination of theoretical requirements and practical implementation promotes professional curiosity and provides orientation in the development of a unique profile. For this purpose, we consider dialogue-focused, interactive pedagogical concepts in small groups as the optimal manner to acquire result-oriented competencies. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary cooperation of our various departments offers students significant added value.
These goals are pursued and met by a professorship which itself is scientifically and practically active and is fully acquainted with the current challenges in its field of expertise. We execute our educational mission with equal responsibility towards both the professional and social requirements demanded of us. Ultimately, our university sees itself as an inviting platform for imparting knowledge and research in the process guiding our students to become independent, reflective and responsible personalities.
The University of Applied Sciences Europe offers you six Bachelor and two Master programmes in the specialist areas of Photography, Illustration, Communication Design, Interaction Design, Game Design, Film + Motion Design and Media Spaces.
The University of Applied Sciences Europe has two locations, the creative hubs of Berlin and Hamburg.
Study in Berlin, in the very heart of this pulsating international metropolis and center of creativity and start-ups or in city No. 1 for media Hamburg. Become part of the family, and gain valuable experiences in international studies and practices, both in Germany and abroad.
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 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.
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.
The study atmosphere is highly personal and familiar, providing a direct connection between the university and opportunities for living and leisure.
We offer our students a variety of state-of-the-art equipment at all our locations, in order to provide you a degree that will not only give you a theoretical but a practical insight for your future career. More about our facilities can be found here.
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 programme at the University of Applied Sciences Europe 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 programmes 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 us as a springboard for your creative career path and set out your own course.