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How should I imagine the portfolio I should submit for the application?

Part of the application process for the Bachelor's programme in Fashion Design is the submission of a portfolio of work. The portfolio should include around 20 of your own works. Possible formats include drawings, photographs or sketches, each of which must not exceed DIN A1 format. Smaller formats are also recommended. As a rule, digitally created works should be submitted as printouts; photos of self-made models are also possible. 

You can find more information under the menu item Portfolio Submission.

Do I already have to have experience in drawing or sewing to stand a chance at the application?

Ja. Ideally, applicants should have completed a tailoring apprenticeship. If this is not the case, additional sewing courses are useful. Such sewing courses are also offered regularly at the HTW and are definitely recommended for first-year students. As far as drawing is concerned, the enjoyment of drawing and some talent are advantageous. If necessary, improvement of drawing skills is advised in appropriate seminars or courses, for example in courses preparing for studies at the HTW Berlin or also at the Volkshochschule.

Why do I have to take English as a general studies subject if I want to study fashion design?

The fashion world is international - you won't get far with German alone. This becomes clear when you look at the breadth of possible professions after the Bachelor's degree. For example, if you work in the design department of a large fashion company, you will always be in contact with foreign partners. And foreign languages are also indispensable in fashion itself, because the models, the buyers, the other designers come from all over the world. Solid English is therefore a must. French or Italian is an added bonus if you want to work internationally.



Can I repeat the aptitude test for the next semester if I did not pass it the first time?

Yes, a repetition of the aptitude test twice is permitted according to the Study regulations possible.



What is in the aptitude test?

The aptitude test includes the completion of several creative tasks and a personal interview, during which the portfolio is also presented. The decision in favour of an applicant is made primarily on the basis of the tasks completed in the on-site test and, in addition, on the basis of the documents submitted and the personal interview. During the interview, the portfolio will be viewed. It serves to underline your motivation, previous knowledge and creativity, which you have already demonstrated in the task processing and in the interview. This selection procedure is intended to prevent applicants from being admitted to the programme who do not meet the requirements or who are later unable to assert themselves on the highly competitive job market. You can find more information under the menu items Mastering the Aptitude Test and Interview.



What is important in the processing of tasks and in the interview?

In addition to the professional requirements and talent, the aptitude test also provides information about the applicant's commitment. Specifically, the test assesses:

  • Perceptual ability, i.e. relations of form and shape, sense of proportion and sense of creative coherence (rhythm),
  • the ability to imagine in the sense of fantasy and creative imagination, experimental approaches, the courage to experiment in design, the conciseness of one's own ideas, the independent will to design and originality,
  • the ability to represent, i.e. skills in figurative drawing, technical skills in representation, spatial and material perception, colour sensitivity and feeling for materials,
  • conceptual skills, i.e. the conceptual density and content-related structuring of the presentation as well as the formation of a central idea.

In the interview, the selection committee pays particular attention to personal appearance and consistency of verbal argumentation, motivation for the course of study, independence and originality of the views represented and existing knowledge of design and cultural history.

I still want to learn fashion design - how am I supposed to prove in a portfolio that I can do fashion design?

Don't worry - the commission will of course examine the application portfolio from the point of view that it was prepared by a beginner. Nevertheless, it should show that the applicant has talent and is motivated. About 20 own, expressive works are required, for example photographs, drawings or websites (the latter as printouts). The application portfolio is submitted in advance and determines participation in the aptitude test. In the end, however, it is not only the portfolio that is decisive, but also the aptitude test, the homework to be submitted and the interview.