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Engineering Department

Design and Mobility B.A.

Mobility is a prerequisite of life. The future demands intelligent, practical and efficient solutions for the mobilization of people. The rich facets of the topic, from urban public mass transport to intercontinental long-distance transport to individual small vehicles, are the thematic field of work of the Bachelor's program Design and Mobility.

In the future, technical innovations for vehicles and infrastructure will allow far-reaching interventions in the organization of transport. They will improve the existing, create something new and can help to make the tried and tested fit for the future. The Design and Mobility program trains designers for the mobility solutions of the future. Through cooperation with a wide range of partners from society, industry and science, impulses, ideas and links with practical relevance and beyond the boundaries of the academic world are already created during the course.

In addition to the extensive design training, the Bachelor's program Design and Mobility creates contact knowledge with the engineering disciplines relevant to vehicle development.

The aim of this program is to train you as designers. The focus is on the design and technical challenges of the mobility of the future.

Thematically, the study program spans a wide range from classic means of transport, such as the automobile, to micromobility and local and long-distance public transport on land, water and in the air.

Overarching themes are the connection of different types of mobility (intermodality) and the conceptual further development and redesign of the transportation infrastructure.

The design study program includes a proportion of technical subjects.

The aim of the training is to provide students with the skills to communicate and act in an interdisciplinary manner in an industrial environment and in independent work. Graduates are able to work creatively and successfully on design projects independently and on their own responsibility or in heterogeneous project teams.

You will learn to communicate and act in an interdisciplinary manner in an industrial environment and in an independent capacity. This will enable you to work creatively and successfully in heterogeneous project teams and make a valuable contribution to shaping the mobility requirements of the future.

The standard period of study for this Bachelor's program is seven semesters.

An aptitude test is required to start studying. The procedure and the dates of the assessment are explained in the university's applicant portal.

The program is divided into Basic, Core and Specialization Sections. Each section lasts two teaching semesters at the university.

In addition to a thorough knowledge transfer, the program also includes several practical projects in which you can test and train your creativity, communication and commitment.

In the 5th semester, you complete your internship (practical semester).

In the Specialization Area, you can take a number of elective modules in addition to several standard ones. At the end of the Specialization Area, your Bachelor's thesis will also be completed.

After successfully passing the Bachelor's examination, Hof University of Applied Sciences will award you the academic degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).


7 Bachelor's thesis

Elective modules:

History of art and design
History of locomotion
Business basics for engineers
Project Management
Entrepreneurship/company formation
Current developments in industrial design
Marketing/Product Management

6+7Area of SpecializationBasics and Strategies of Transportation Planning/Connecting Mobility Strategies
Scenario-based mobility concepts
Desing law
Scientific work in the field of design
5Internship in a business companyPractical seminar
Practical project
Marketing/Product management
3+4Core AreaBasics of materials
Automotive Production
Electrification and automation of vehicles 
Interface design
Individual mobility
Digital visualisation
Intermodal mobility
Technical interface
Colour & Trim
1+2Basic AreaDesing project basics            
Colour + Shape Basics
Colour + Form Application
Service Design Thinking
Three-dimensional desing basics
User Ergonomics
Model making
Additive manufacturing
Manual sketching
CAD CAS Basics
CAD CAS Application
Virtual Reality Basics
Exterior project

The course of study is divided into three areas:

Basic area:

Methods of design work, colors, three-dimensional design, digital and physical model making. Initial project work is developed.

Working tools and methods: Drawing; 3D CAD, visualization technology and virtual reality basics; clay model making.

Core Area:

Project work moves into focus in terms of time, becomes more extensive and thematically more complex.

In addition, technical aspects are brought into the teaching: basics of vehicles, production possibilities of the automotive industry, suitable materials, recycling and utilization

Practical semester:

The fifth semester is the obligatory practical semester in industry, which is completed in design departments or other practice-oriented institutions. The practical experience is complemented by two seminars in marketing and product management.

Specialization Area:

Project work in application of all learned skills and experience from the industrial internship.

Course content: conceptual development of mobility strategies, innovation management, scientific work and presentation techniques on the schedule.

Additional offerings: Elective modules - from languages to current developments in industrial design.

In addition to the General Requirements for the Bachelor's Program, a Aptitude Test must be taken for the Bachelor's Program in Design and Mobility.

As the language of instruction is German, you will need a language certificate - at least B2.

A preliminary internship is not necessary.

The aptitude test takes place at the learning location Selb.

The examination consists of a drawing part and an interview.

In preparation for the examination, we ask you to prepare a portfolio of your own work as homework. You will receive details on this task as well as organisational details for the examination by e-mail after you have submitted your application.

After taking the aptitude test, you will be informed of the result of the test by e-mail within two weeks.

The deadline for online applications is 31 July.

We wish you every success with your application!

All applications must be submitted online via our online application portal Primuss.

If you acquired your university entrance certificate abroad, uni-assist must assess the certificate before you can send it to Hof University.

We advise you to send your documents to uni-assist at least 4 weeks before the application deadline at Hof University.


The most important information for download:

Course flyer Design and Mobility

Important dates:

Start of lecture period for the winter semester 2023/24:

04.10.2023 (Welcome event for first semester students)

05.10.2023 (Start of lecture period for higher semesters)

Academic calendar
Here you find your timetable.

Degree awarded
7 semesters
Winter semester
Application period

Winter semester: May 01 - June 15

Tuition fees
Language of instruction
Selb, further teaching units at campus Hof

Application facts:

Next date:

Winter semester 2024/25 (start of studies at the beginning of October 2024).

Application period (online) 1 May - 15 June 2024

A preliminary internship is not necessary.

Further information:

Access to the application portal PRIMUSS for your online application can be found here:

Apply now

Learning site Selb

We are expanding our reach: At the learning site Selb, the new Bachelor‘s program Design and Mobility (B.A.) is offered in cooperation with the local College for Product Design.

Teaching currently takes place in the so-called mirror house of the Rosenthal company.

More about the learning site Selb


Prof. Alexander Forst
Prof. Alexander Forst +49 9281 409 - 8300

Head of Examination Board

 Kathrin Schötz
Kathrin Schötz +49 9281 409 - 3222

Student Affairs - Admission

 Aneta Okon
Aneta Okon +49 9281 409 - 3250

Student Affairs - Program Manager