Faculty of Design

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

Welcome to designkrefeld.

designkrefeld is the name of the Faculty of Design at the Hochschule Niederrhein, proud of its historically creative campus. Today's academic design apprenticeship in Krefeld looks back on a history of more than 110 years.

Today, we are in the midst of the next metamorphosis - towards a knowledge-based and digital age. Here, too, the requirements are changing incessantly and are no less complex - the concept of division of labor is thus experiencing a new lease of life.

The enduring social trend of individualization is drawing circles into all areas of life and forms of work. This is especially true for designers, who are employed in a wide variety of fields. One consequence of this development is increasing demands on social, interpersonal skills, which are becoming increasingly necessary due to the dismantling of organizational hierarchies and the increase in project assignments and independent work.

The campus

The home of the Faculty of Design is the Bernhard Pfau Campus at Frankenring 20, and we are also proud to be able to teach in this listed university building - the former textile engineering school from the 1950s. The futuristic-looking building was designed by Bernhard Pfau, an outstanding architect of post-war modernism.

Important note!

The online application for the artistic - design aptitude test is possible every year from 01 December to 15 March.

"designkrefeld designlab"

taster week

Dear pupils,

in the 2nd week of the Easter holidays in 2023, the Faculty of Design at the Hochschule Niederrhein offers the "designlab", especially for pupils of the upper grades.

The 2-day "designkrefeld designlab" will take place during the Easter vacations on April 13 and 14, from 10 am - 4 pm each day. It offers space for 20 pupils of the upper school for the Degree programmes Communication Design and Product and Object Design. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the study options on site to get a first feel for them.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we are accepting applications now. Don't forget to tick whether you are interested in Product and Object Design or Communication Design. Please fill out the registration form below. We will confirm your participation by email.

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"designkrefeld portfolio advisory service"

portfolio advisory service

We not only attach great importance to personal support during studies, but also beforehand, because we know that many of the applicants we advise now will later be our students.

Take advantage of this opportunity and let us advise you. We offer portfolio advisory services regularly throughout the year. This is your chance to receive professional feedback from the lecturers who administer the artistic/design aptitude test. Feel free to come to us several times for a little "coaching."

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Prof. Nicolas Beucker
Dean of Studies Chair Study Advisory Board Public and Social Design
Danny Eickemeyer, Dipl.-Kfm. (FH)
Department Manager Contact for press and cooperation inquiries

"designkrefeld pre-course"

Title preliminary course

Set out on your way.

With the "designkrefeld vorkurs" we want to open the way to design studies (product and object design or communication design) for you and create sheets for your own application portfolio with the help of regular practical exercises.
The course of the "designkrefeld vorkurs" takes place once a week in the evenings. In joint discussions, the results worked out are presented and reflected upon. If you attend regularly and the quality of your work is good enough, it can be part of your application portfolio for the aptitude test.

The next preliminary course will start in the winter semester 2023/2024. It is expected to start at the end of September / beginning of October.

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Information for first-year students

Street Food Festival

Dear freshmen,
for the winter semester 2019/2020 at the Faculty of Design we welcome you!

We are looking forward to meeting you and wish you a successful start into the new phase of your life. We would like to make this impulsive and lively together with you and get to know each other at the beginning with different activities!

For your start into the studies, we offer a program for orientation - the so called

the so-called Ersti-Week from 23.09. - 27.09.2019.

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Plenary meeting

plenary meeting

At the general meeting on 30.06. at 15:30 in the main auditorium -.

we will inform about the offers in the third semester of the new Degree programmes Product and Object Design and Communication Design, as well as about the still existing Degree programme Design. We will explain which offers can be chosen for the expiring Degree programme, as well as which module - examinations will be offered for the last time in WS 17/18.

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designkrefeld summer camp

Dear students,

brush up your brain and train! designkrefeld is pleased to offer you an interesting workshop program on Thursdays and Fridays throughout July to enhance your skills.

Attention! Places are limited, and beware - one workshop is for women only. First come first serve.
Please register by June 19 by e-mail to Kirsten Heinen, stating your surname and student registration number.


Click here for the program

Course schedules are online

Title courses

From now on you can find HERE the course schedule for the summer semester 2020. The lectures/courses will start on 23.03.2020.

Until then, we wish you a nice lecture-free time and look forward to the start of the semester!

Hochschule Niederrhein
Faculty of Design
Frankenring 20
47798 Krefeld

Coordination Office
Office hours for students
Mon. to Thurs. 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 15:00
Fri. 09:30 - 11:30

and by appointment

Contact for students: danny.eickemeyer(at)hs-niederrhein.de | doris.schultz@hs-niederrhein.de

Contact person administration: doris.schultz(at)hs-niederrhein.de


Prof. Dr. Erik Schmid
Dean Theories of design
Prof. Nicolas Beucker
Dean of Studies Chair Study Advisory Board Public and Social Design
Knut Michalk, Dipl.-Des.
Finance Dean Practical teaching of skills of fine ceramic manufacturing techniques as well as model and mold making; CAD 3D modeling.
Danny Eickemeyer, Dipl.-Kfm. (FH)
Department Manager Contact for press and cooperation inquiries
Johanna Schallenberg
Contact person for all examination and study questions
Doris Schultz, Dipl. business economist
Contact person for general administration