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Berlin School Of Business & Innovation BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Berlin School Of Business & Innovation

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Hamburg, Germany

3 Years


Full time

Request application deadline

Oct 2024

EUR 11,000 / per year *


* october: international / €8,450 per year EU students


This three-year/four-year International Route program has been selected by BSBI from among the many prestigious international degrees offered by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

Berlin School of Business and Innovation is in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). As a result of this partnership, BSBI can offer the BA (Hons) Graphic Design program. UCA is an acclaimed creative institution in the UK that ranks highly in all three of the major UK league tables. The university has also been ranked 13th out of all UK universities in the Guardian League Table 2020; and ranked no.7 in the 2021 Guardian League Tables for Business, Management & Marketing.

Why enroll in this program

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.

Throughout this exciting degree, we aim 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.

Why study in Hamburg

  1. Hamburg shows it is at the heart of the creative industries within Europe. Designers and illustrators 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?
  2. Exposure to established creative agencies: Study in Hamburg and be close to creative agencies like Jung von Matt, Blynk, Serious, Paperlux Studio, Sum.Cumo. Better yet, be near start-ups featuring client portfolios reaching from BMW, Google, and Airbus to Mercedes Benz and Mc McDonald
  3. Opportunities Abound: Of 1.2 Million employed in the creative industries, over 30%, around 472k are based in the software/gaming industry. Source: Statista

In Hamburg, the software and games industry accounts for 28% percent of the workforce. Source: Monitoring report Culture and Creative Industries 2019 on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). ZEW - Leibniz Center for European Economic Research GmbH Mannheim. Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. December 2019

Entry Requirements

Foundation International Route Option

Minimum Age: 18 (titles awarded upon completion of at least 11 years of schooling)

(if the applicant is 17 and turns 18 within 3 months of enrolment still eligible for enrolment)

How to create an exceptional portfolio will be available in this integrated international route foundation in art design and media course to guarantee you a direct progression into your BA degree course.

Academic Qualifications

ECCTIS UK equivalent to GCSE

BA (Hons)

  • Minimum Age: 18 (titles awarded upon completion of at least 12 years of schooling)
  • For direct Year 1 BA entry you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via our BSBI Applicant Portal.

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 certificate, 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.

English language requirements

Access to Proof of English Guide (UCA) here.

Year 3 Direct Entry

BSBI, in partnership with the leading creative institution, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is offering the opportunity to enrich your vocational qualification with this Year 3 direct entry 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 enhance their expertise, confidence, and skills in graphic design. You’ll become equipped with the latest skills in digital design software to produce an industry-standard portfolio for future career opportunities.

This Year 3 direct entry program is tailored to students looking to build upon their knowledge of the graphic design industry and communicate their creative ideas through a final major project.


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

Key Facts

  • Location: BSBI Hamburg Campus
  • Duration: 1 year (full-time)
  • Intakes: February, October
  • Awarding body: University for the Creative Arts

Graduates from a vocational academy/institute 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.

The same is applicable for students who completed an HND in Graphic Design, Illustration, or Animation or direct year 3 progression upon successful completion of level 5/Year 2 by a UK awarding body.

English language requirements

  • Graduates from a Schengen zone vocational academy/HND/ Level 5 progression by the UK awarding body are not required to present an IELTS language test but are required to pass the BSBI English diagnostics test which will be provided by BSBI for direct entry year 3.

Technical Entry Requirement

  • Computer Equipment

In recent developments of hybrid learning, we require each student to arrive equipped with a laptop. We, therefore, recommend the purchase of a design-friendly mobile laptop. Please click below to read more about the technical requirements.


3 years / 4 years including integrated international foundation studies in Art Design and Media.


Hamburg: October

October: €11,000/year (International) | €8,450/year (EU students).

Special offer effective until 31 July 2024: Up to 30% savings for International Students | 10% savings for EU Students

Terms and conditions apply.

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.

Portfolio Scholarship Competition

Students have the opportunity to showcase their creativity and the chance to receive a scholarship on tuition! This competition is valid for the Faculty of Creative Industries programs being offered at the Hamburg campus.

  • Best Portfolio (Study for Free!)
    • 1 Student | 100% Scholarship on Tuition
  • Second Best Portfolio
    • 10 Students | 50% Scholarship on Tuition
  • Third-best Portfolio
    • 20 Students | 40% Scholarship on Tuition

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