FAQS

Bachelor

Requirements

What requirements do I have to meet in order to study at BTK?

The fundamental requirement for admission to the bachelor’s degree program at BTK is a higher education entrance qualification, which you will have achieved with your high school diploma or equivalent. You may also be accepted on the grounds of your vocational training and an additional three years of occupational experience (BerlHG § 11). BTK will review your details and let you know immediately upon receiving your application whether you meet the requirements for acceptance to the program. Furthermore, all our applicants undergo a portfolio review and a personal interview.

How can I apply for the bachelor’s degree program at BTK?

First, fill out the application form on the BTK website. Upload a certified copy and the certified translation in German or English of your high school diploma or equivalent. In case you have already studied in the area of design, please also submit the copy and the certified translation of your transcript. Once we have gone through your application and work examples, we can then evaluate whether you are suitable for studying at BTK. If yes, the study guidance will invite you to an interview. Please bring  along the following documents to the interview: a tabular résumé, with a photo attached, together with your general high school diploma or vocational certificate as a certified photocopy and a certified translation in English or German. Your application is only complete if it contains a portfolio with a number of examples of your artistic work. If you are applying from abroad, you may hold the interview via Skype.

Are there interviews? If yes, when do they take place?

Interviews take place every month at the universities in Berlin, Iserlohn, and Hamburg. You will receive the dates from the study guidance after submitting your application.

Can I study at BTK without a diploma?

Yes, § 11 of the Berlin University Regulations allows entry for subject-specific occupational experience. Please mention this in your application.

What do I need to be aware of as an overseas applicant?

Essentially, the same rules apply to you as they do to German applicants. You must apply online and successfully pass the interview. Upon selection of a German-speaking program, you will need a certificate of German-language ability (Test-DAF 4/DSH 2). Upon application for an English-speaking program, you should likewise be able to demonstrate English-language ability (min. Level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages). German skills are not required if you study an English-taught program.

Do I need a health insurance for the enrolment?

Yes, all foreign students in Germany require a health insurance. This means that almost all students (there are only a few exceptions) have to be insured over a statutory health insurance company (public health insurance). Beside the health insurance they also need a compulsory nursing care insurance. A proof of a health insurance is an obligated condition of enrolment. Without this proof an enrolment is not possible. For detailed information please visit www.germanyhis.com and www.hiffs.de.

General

Why should I study at BTK?

The BTK is a state-accredited, private institution that was founded in 2006 in Berlin. Since 2011, BTK has been part of the Laureate International Universities Network. The university offers practical, contemporary, and international-centered bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Several majors (Communication Design, Photography, and the master’s major of Media Spaces) are taught in English.

The digitalization of media has radically changed the demands made of a designer over the past years. Content for television must be designed differently to that for the Internet, print media, or mobile media. A key competence lies today in the ability to structure complex content and to create it in an attractive fashion. This makes it absolutely necessary to be able to utilize the abundance of visual and picture-based means of expression in the illustration of content – intelligently and at the highest technological level.

When does the program begin?

The program starts at all locations – Berlin, Hamburg, or Iserlohn – twice a year. For the summer semester, classes start at the beginning of April; for the winter semester, they start at the beginning of September.

When can I apply for the program?

You can apply to BTK all year round, however you should note the application deadlines. For the summer semester, the application period ends on March 20th, and for the winter semester on August 25th. Any applications received after these dates will go on the waiting list. 

How long is the program?

The program covers seven semesters. Allowances for previously completed examinations are possible and will be considered by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean. The program includes a practical-learning semester or a semester abroad in the 5th semester.

Can previously completed degrees or long-standing occupational experience be accounted for within the degree?

In principle, it is possible for us to recognize a previously completed exam or occupational experience. This requires a specific case review by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean.

Is a practical-learning semester or semester abroad part of the program?

The 5th semester is specifically set aside for a practical-learning semester or a semester abroad. You have the opportunity to do a work placement within Germany or abroad, or to complete a semester abroad at another university.

How many credits are needed to complete the program?

The bachelor’s degree programs at BTK requires you to obtain 210 ECTS credits.

What does the state accreditation and the accreditation through the German Council of Science and Humanities and ZEvA mean?

The accreditation of the programs is important for proving the quality of a university and its programs. Through accreditation of individual programs, these bodies guarantee that the same standards are observed and quality requirements are met. For these purposes, the state accreditation also guarantees that graduation from private and state universities are comparable. Germany’s ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency) is a well-known and recognized accreditation agency.

Can I complete a master’s degree upon completion of my bachelor’s degree?

Yes. With the acquisition of a state-accredited bachelor’s degree from BTK, you may take part in the master’s degree program at BTK or another university. Please note that the admission criteria for master’s degree programs vary from university to university.

How many hours a week need to be invested in studying at BTK?

The bachelor’s degree program encompasses approximately 25 hours of attendance per week per semester, plus around 15 hours of preparation and follow-up work per week. Furthermore, workshops and projects take place outside of teaching hours. The lecture period spans 15 weeks per semester.

Is there an intranet?

All students at BTK have access to our intranet. Here is where you can find timetables, among others, for viewing and downloading. There is also a blog system, which provides information on news and events regarding the programs. An online gallery offers you a platform for presenting your own artistic work to the public.

I would like to cancel my contract. Are there contract deadlines?

The student contract can be cancelled each semester until the end of the semester. The exact deadlines are listed in each respective contract.

Is it possible to transfer from another university?

Yes, it is possible to transfer upon completing an interview. The recognition of examinations and the possible admission into a higher semester is undertaken by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean. Please provide all relevant documentation with your application.

How high is tuition at BTK?

As a private institution, BTK receives no public funding and is therefore financed solely by tuition fees. Our bachelor’s degree programs have a monthly fee of EUR 665 for 7 semesters (42 months) or EUR 765 for 6 semesters (36 months, the study abroad / internship semester is free of charge).

What options are there for financing the program?

BTK is a state-accredited institution. Thus, you may apply for BAföG (government-supported funding). Please contact the BTK Student Guidance Office or respective BAföG office for details. A large percentage of our students take out a student loan. These are offered by every major bank as well as, for example, by the KfW bank. All of them offer low interest rates for students.

Expenses for first-time occupational training, or for first-time studies that also include first-time training, are considered extraordinary expenses according to the current laws and up to EUR 6,000 may be deducted from taxes. If occupational training or studies preceded first-time completed occupational training or first-time completed studies at BTK, then these are considered income-related or company-related expenses and may be fully deducted from taxes, granted the expenses (tuition fees, transportation costs, etc.) are due to future income sources. Furthermore, these are considered income-related expenses when the occupational training or the first-time studies take place within the scope of employment (employment as a trainee).

For further information, please consult a tax advisor or your respective tax office.

Foreign students can find more information in regards to financing, etc., on the website for the Deutsches Studentenwerk – the German National Association for Student Affairs.

Master

Requirements

What requirements do I have to meet in order to study at BTK?

The fundamental terms of admission for the master’s degree program at BTK are a bachelor’s degree with 210 ECTS credits. Should this be in a non-design subject, BTK will review the artistic work you’ve submitted to decide whether you can be accepted. If you have a B.A. degree with 180 ECTS credits, you will be able to make up the missing credits in the first semester at BTK. Following submission of all relevant documents, BTK will check these and immediately inform you as to whether you meet the requirements for acceptance. Furthermore, all our applicants undergo a portfolio review and a personal interview.

How can I apply for the master’s degree program at BTK?

First, fill out the application form on the BTK website. Upload a certified copy and the certified translation in German or English of your high school diploma or equivalent. In case you have already studied in the area of design, please also submit the copy and the certified translation of your transcript. Once we have gone through your application, we can then evaluate whether you are suitable for studying at BTK. If yes, the study guidance will invite you to an interview. Please bring  along the following documents to the interview: a tabular résumé, with a photo attached, together with your general high school diploma or vocational certificate as a certified photocopy and a certified translation in English or German and a portfolio with a number of examples of your artistic work. If you are applying from abroad, you may hold the interview via Skype.

Are there interviews? If yes, when do they take place?

Interviews take place, as required, at the university campus in Berlin. You will receive the dates from the Student Guidance Office following submission of your completed application. 

What must I be aware of as an overseas applicant?

Essentially the same rules apply as to German applicants. You must apply online and successfully pass the interview. For the international English-speaking master’s degree program, you will need a certificate of English-language ability (European Framework of Reference for Languages B2 and/or certified in the interview).

Do I need a health insurance for the enrolment?

Yes, all foreign students in Germany require a health insurance. This means that almost all students (there are only a few exceptions) have to be insured over a statutory health insurance company (public health insurance). Beside the health insurance they also need a compulsory nursing care insurance. A proof of a health insurance is an obligated condition of enrolment. Without this proof an enrolment is not possible. For detailed information please visit www.germanyhis.com and www.hiffs.de.

General

Why should I study at BTK?

The BTK is a state-accredited, private institution, which was founded in 2006 in Berlin. Since 2011, BTK has been part of the Laureate International Universities Network. The university offers practical, contemporary, and internationally-centered bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Several programs (Communication Design, Photography and the master’s degree program in Media Spaces) are also taught in English.

The master’s degree program Media Spaces is a project-based program orientated towards those interested and who already hold a professionally-qualifying university degree in an artistic, design, or media-related program. It is also particularly aimed at applicants with various design competencies and backgrounds: Communication Designers and Media Designers are just as welcome as are Architects, Computer Scientists, Set Designers, Design Managers or Media Theorists.

When does the program begin?

The study program starts every winter semester. Seminars begin at the beginning of October.

When can I apply for the program?

You can apply to BTK all year round, however you should note the application deadlines. For the winter semester, the application period ends on September 25th. Any applications received after this date will go on the waiting list. 

How long is the program?

The program covers three semesters. Allowances for previously completed examinations are possible and will be considered by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean.

Can previously completed degrees or long-standing occupational experience be accounted for within the degree?

In principle, it is possible for us to recognize a previously completed exam or occupational experience. This requires a specific case review by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean.

Is a practical-learning semester or semester abroad part of the program?

No, the one-and-a-half-year master’s degree program does not include a semester abroad or practical-learning semester.

How many credits are needed to complete the program?

The master’s degree program at BTK requires you to obtain 90 ECTS credits.

What does the state accreditation and the accreditation through the German Council of Science and Humanities and ZEvA mean?

The accreditation of the programs is important for proving the quality of a university and its programs. Through accreditation of individual programs, these bodies guarantee that the same standards are observed and quality requirements are met. For these purposes, the state accreditation also guarantees that graduation from private and state universities are comparable. Germany’s ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency) is a well-known and recognized accreditation agency.

Can I gain my doctorate degree upon completion of the master’s degree program?

Yes, with completion of a state-accredited master’s degree program, you may complete your doctorate degree at a partnering or other university. 

How many hours a week need to be invested in studying at BTK?

The master’s degree program encompasses 21 to 23 hours of attendance per week for the first two semesters; the third semester encompasses three hours of attendance per week. Additionally, around 20 hours of preparation and follow-up work will be required per week. Furthermore, workshops and projects take place outside of teaching hours. The lecture period spans 15 weeks per semester.

Is there an intranet?

All students at BTK have access to our intranet. Here is where you can find timetables, among others, for viewing and downloading. There is also a blog system, which provides information on news and events regarding the programs. An online gallery offers you a platform for presenting your own artistic work to the public.

I would like to cancel my contract. Are there contract deadlines?

The student contract can be cancelled each semester until the end of the semester. The exact deadlines are listed in each respective contract.

Is it possible to transfer from another university?

Yes, it is possible to transfer upon completing an interview. The recognition of examinations and the possible admission into a higher semester is undertaken by the Examinations Office and the Department Dean. Please provide all relevant documentation with your application.

How high is tuition at BTK?

As a private institution, BTK receives no public funding and is therefore financed solely by tuition fees. Our bachelor’s degree programs have a monthly fee of EUR 625 for 7 semesters (42 months) or EUR 725 for 6 semesters (36 months, the study abroad / internship semester is free of charge).

What options are there for financing the program?

BTK is a state-accredited university. Thus, you may apply for BAföG (government-supported funding). Please contact the BTK Student Guidance Office or respective BAföG office for details. A large percentage of our students take out a student loan. These are offered by every major bank as well as, for example, by the KfW bank. All of them offer low interest rates for students.

Foreign students can find more information in regards to financing, etc., on the website for the Deutsches Studentenwerk – the German National Association for Student Affairs.