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Foundation Diploma Art & Design

Prepare yourself for your Bachelor's degree in Art & Design in the best possible way. Our Art & Design Foundation Diploma gives you the unique opportunity to learn the basics of our Art & Design degree programmes in Berlin. After the semester, decide where your strengths lie. At the UE Campus in Berlin, we educate more than 300 students each year in the following subjects:

  • Film & Motion Design
  • Photography & New Media
  • Illustration
  • Communication Design
  • Game Design
  • UX/UI Design (at UE Innovation Hub)


You will get to know our teachers, your fellow students, our campus and our studios and equipment. After the orientation semester, you choose your focus in the Bachelor's programme according to your strengths and preferences.


Your benefits of the Foundation Diploma Art & Design at a glance:


  • You invest in your future: The costs of the orientation semester are credited to you for the 6th semester of your subsequent Bachelor's degree.
  • Study something creative, in English, in one of the most creative places in the world: Berlin!
  • You get to know student life at the UE campus in the heart of Berlin at Potsdamer Platz
  • You will be well prepared for your future application for a Bachelor's programme through portfolio coaching by our lecturers at the Berlin campus
  • At the end of the semester, you can decide which Art & Design Bachelor's programme suits you best


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Information about the UE Foundation Diploma Art & Design

Study start

Study start

March & September

Teaching language

Teaching language


Tuition fee

Tuition fee

EU applicants: € 4,250

Non-EU applicants: € 6,050


The fee will be rewarded as credit for your subsequent Bachelor's programme at UE (6th semester).

Campus and Virtual Campus

Campus and Virtual Campus



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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • IELTS English level 4.5 or higher

  • High school certificate

  • Portfolio: not required



18 hours per week

The pre course consists of 18 hours per week (HPW). Learn more about the course content in the curriculum.


Distribution of the semester hours per week


Basics of the design degree programmes

  • Teaching of the study programme-specific basics as a summary of the respective professional field with the aim of getting to know the different genres, fields of activity and career opportunities and creating a successful portfolio.
  • 3 HPW in each of the basic courses: Game Design, Illustration, Photography & New Media, Communication Design and Film & Motion Design.
  • It will include a preliminary view of Scientific working, in the sense of an information-providing theory course that opens up facets of art, design, media and cultural history and provides initial access to academic work as well as an introduction to dealing with academic texts.
  • Also, you will get coaching from our teachers at Campus Berlin for your portfolio.
  • Basic aspects of specialized software in each different programmes i.e., InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere


English (3 HPW)

  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Speaking: taking part in discussions, summarizing texts
  • Writing: producing increasingly complex texts, such as summaries, comments

Taking part in the foundation diploma, you will gather skills in the following segments that qualify you for a Bachelor's programme at UE:

  • Intermediate English-level
  • Scientific working
  • Knowledge of essential creative tools such as InDesign, Photoshop or Premiere
  • Glances and insights into the foundation knowledge of all Art Design BA programmes
  • Culture Skills/Networking
  • Setting up and completing a final project
  • the ability to create a creative portfolio for your next career step

You will get a certificate for taking this foundation diploma Art & Design.

Live and study in Berlin, the buzzing capital of Germany!

Stable economy, Europe's start-up destination No. 1 and the endless amount of leisure & clubbing activities that Berlin has to offer will guarantee you a once in a lifetime experience. Combine a creative study programme with the advantages of the Art & Design scene in Berlin. 


How to apply for the Foundation Diploma

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Start your application here. Select Undergraduate + Foundation.







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Then select the language English.




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Now select the Programme you like to study xx with Foundation Diploma and then click on Start Application.

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