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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bachelor in

Design and Art - Major in Design

Studying design in Bozen-Bolzano is like the work of designers: varied and multi-faceted. If you choose to study at our university, you will develop lateral thinking and a 360° vision. You will learn to cross the borders between projects, between two and three dimensions and to creatively observe and analyse your environment.

Course description

In order to enable you to deal with the professional reality of designers as realistically as possible, our study model is based on teaching through projects, where theory is always linked to practice. By analysing complex issues, you will start creating innovative projects, experimenting and following your interests independently.

You will be working in modern ateliers in groups of 20 students, supervised by 3 lecturers. This ideal work relationship setup between students and lecturers ensures constant and productive interaction.

At a glance

Bachelor class: L-4
ECTS credits: 180
Duration of the course: 3 years
Courses will be taught in: Italian, German and English (trilingual)
Places available: 56 EU + 4 non-EU
Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
Tuition fees: € 1.347,50  per year

Structure of the course

You will be introduced to your study programme through the 'Warm Up' experience, during which you will familiarise yourself with a practical approach to design. In the following four semesters, you'll be able to choose two projects in the field of product design and two in that of visual communication

These projects, which involve groups of no more than 20 students, combine three disciplines. Lectures and seminars in subjects like History of Design or Art Photography provide students with the necessary technical background required to sharpen their critical thinking. 



Our ateliers

Design work is carried out in ateliers, where both individual and team work based on an effective combination of theory and practice is encouraged. Our lecturers' offices are very close to the ateliers so that students and lecturers can exchange ideas regularly and openly.



Our workshops

In the workshops at our faculty, you will find all the traditional and modern tools you need to turn your projects into reality. Skilled professionals manage our workshops and will help you by sharing their experience with you.


Degree Course director: Prof. Roberto Gigliotti (photo)
Student Representative in the Course Council: Luisa Maria Heindl

Exchange programmes and internships

Currently we offer exchange programmes with almost 20 partner universities all over the world and we are part of a large network of collaboration with employers in Italy and abroad where you can undertake your internship. However, this study programme does not require a compulsory internship.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working as designers by setting up their own freelance business or they find jobs in private and public institutions, in design studios and larger companies. They employ their professional skills in the field of product design, of both physical objects and visual concepts, and in the most advanced sectors of visual communication.

Well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

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Egle Kirdulyte

Art Direction & Communication Design Vertical-Life Srl, Bressanone

Dopo il liceo volevo andare a studiare all’estero. Quando ho saputo di questo corso in design ero intimidita per via delle tre lingue, tutte straniere per me. Anche se all’inizio è stato impegnativo, poi ce l’ho fatta. Sono entusiasta di questo corso perché mi ha offerto tutte le possibilità per svilupparmi come una designer completa: è un posto dove si ricevono molti stimoli per provare a fare, senza troppi obblighi e in totale libertà. Ci sono le officine e i professori a tua completa disposizione, e puoi imparare tutto quello che vuoi, molto dipende dalla propria iniziativa. E per una come me che ha praticato l’arrampicata a livello agonistico, l’Alto Adige e il suo territorio sono stati il luogo ideale dove studiare, tanto che ci sono rimasta per lavorare e vivere.


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  • Secondary School leaving exam or foreign qualification recognised as equivalent;
  • Language requirements*: B2 in two of the three teaching languages;

More details in the study manifesto (see link below).

* In order to be admitted for the course, you will be required to prove that you have a B2 level of competence in at least two of the three languages in which courses are taught at unibz. If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

Online Application
Early Bird - for EU and non-EU citizens: 1 March - 26 April 2019, noon 
Late Application - for EU citizens only: 20 May - 11 July 2019, noon  



First stage  

By the end of the application session you will have to upload a video (duration: approx. 2 minutes): you can find more information on how to make it in the Study Manifesto.

Assignments to be done at home (instructions will be sent to the applicants a week before the Admission Workshop):

  • Visual communication - 2D;
  • Product design - 3D;
  • Art work.

All 3 tasks have to be performed, irrespective if you apply for Design or Art. The assignments have to be brought to the Admission Workshop.

Second stage
Admission Workshop at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano:

  • Sketch-Test;
  • Interview: At the end of the “Sketch-Test”, you will have an interview with a commission, during which you will explain and discuss your homework. Moreover, the commission may pose you questions concerning your CV and general questions about design and/or art.

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Early Bird: by 17 May 2019
Late Application: by 30 July 2019  

Contact us by phone at +390471012100 or fill in the request form.

Introductory courses to the workshops

The faculty offers Introductory courses to the workshops to first year students during the first week of September. The attendance of these courses is prerequisite to gain access to the various workshops, where students will work intensively starting from the first semester. Further workshop courses will not be organized until February 2019. Students who do not attend introductory courses in September, will not be able to access the workshops for the first semester.


Additional Educational Requirements (OFA) are assigned to enrolled students if educational deficiencies are found in their basic knowledge. Students will be required to fill these deficiencies (thus fulfilling the OFA) during the first semester (WUP-Project) in the manner indicated in the Study Manifest (see below).

The additional Educational Requirements will be reached indirectly by passing the exam of the WUP-Project. In the case of failure to pass the WUP-Project exam, students are allowed to attend only workshop courses, specialist language courses and to complete the annual courses of the first year during the second semester.

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study manifesto

Regulations (only in Italian and German)

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