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HTK - Academy of Design

The HTK - Academy of Design is the place for creative people, designers and visual storytellers. Here you learn to develop and visualize your ideas, so you can share your inspiration with the world. Together with your creative talents and skills, our design courses enable you to begin a journey in which your imagination becomes the basis of a successful career.

Master's Programmes



Since 1987 in Hamburg and 2001 in Berlin, the HTK - Academy of Design has trained thousands of successful communication designers for a diverse range of creative professions in the international design industry.


At the HTK – Academy of Design you learn all the phases of design projects: starting with generating ideas, developing concepts and then combining text and images into exciting layouts for adverts, brochures and posters, for example. You then learn the various technical requirements of the production phase of design projects in digital and print media.

Our training course teaches you the skills you need to design advertising campaigns, magazines, posters, brochures – both printed paper and also digitally through ePublishing, packaging for branded products, short promotional films, websites, smartphone apps and even crossmedia concepts for tradeshows and events.

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Student services

As well as using traditional teaching methods and training techniques, the HTK – Academy of Design places great emphasis on modern design technology. Right from the start of the course, you will have access to - and be shown how to use - the same hardware and software used by professional designers working in design studios, publishing companies, advertising and multimedia agencies. This helps provide you with the optimal skills, knowledge and experience to begin your career in the design industry, following the successful completion of the training course.

ICT services

  • Mobile classrooms with Apple MacBook Pro laptops
  • Fixed classrooms with Apple iMac computers
  • Professional digital SLR cameras
  • Portable photography studio with lighting and background art
  • Portable spotlight
  • Mobile sound equipment for sound mixing and recording
  • Adobe Creative Suite including Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver etc.
  • Maxon Cinema 4D XL
  • Dragon Frame

Student Life

Campus life

In both Campus Hamburg and Campus Berlin, the HTK - Academy of Design has its own Wi-Fi networks, providing you with free access to e-mail and the internet.

Not only will we teach you how to use the latest design and digital media software, we provide free access to e-mail and the internet through our Campus Wi-Fi networks, so that you can communicate, store and send data throughout the 3-year training course.

The HTK - Academy of Design in both Hamburg and Berlin has a network of Apple iMac computers and Apple PowerBook laptops, printers, scanners and servers, as well as other hardware for creative projects such as photography, lighting and sound equipment and facilities.

Sports facilities

The HTK - Academy of Design has spacious studios, seminar and computer rooms for the variety of lessons taking place – plenty of space for you and around 280 other creative people! Furthermore, you can take a break between lessons and relax in the comfortable lounge area. There is a kitchen space for drinks and snacks and, if there is time, you can play a game of table football!


The HTK - Academy of Design is a private vocational academy in Graphic Design and has the status of an Ergänzungschule or supplementary school, in both Hamburg and Berlin.

In Hamburg the HTK - Academy of Design is officially recognised by the Hamburg Cultural Authority and in Berlin it is approved by the Berlin Senate for Education, Youth and Science.


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