AID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und DesignAID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und DesignAID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und Design
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International illustration and design students Your creative journey starts here!​

The AID Berlin is a private school for Illustration and Design, located in Berlin – The German City of Design.

Location and facilities

Located in Lichtenberg, the academy resides in an elegant expressionist brick building from 1925. The school offers a high standard of facilities to meet both the creative and technical requirements of a design professional or student.

The school is equipped with Apple computers running the latest graphics software, a powerful Wi-Fi and a wide range of technical equipment for scanning, printing, plotting and model making that students can use free of charge.

Discounted student licenses for Adobe Creative Cloud can be purchased through the Academy for students' own computers.

Language of institution

Our courses are taught in German and we offer language classes from beginner level upwards. On average international students make up about one-third of our student body.

Language skills

Entry to AID Berlin does not require a German language certificate, however you should be able to follow lectures and classes in German. Additionally, official exams and dissertations in the Illustration Design course are to be completed in German. 

Language Courses

The AID Berlin offers German language classes from beginner level upwards. All classes are synchronized with the design course program and are compatible with its timetable. More details may be found here.

Trial study

Two days of design insights, including design workshops, Q&As with students, feedback on your portfolio, and studio visits with professional designers. More details here.

Visa information

If you are non-EU citizen or from a non-Schengen country you may need a visa. The German embassy or consulate in your home country is in charge of granting a visa in cooperation with the foreign registration office. We support you by sending an invitation letter for your interview and, in case the admission committee of the AID Berlin has positively evaluated your artworks, a admission certificate as well as a letter of recommendation.

Further information

If you have any questions or need more details, please contact us!

Tel: +49 (0) 30 91 20 66 55
E-Mail: info@aidberlin.de

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Study Program Illustration Design

The world of images is changing, and the traditional idea of illustration is outdated. Today, being an illustration designer means much more than adding an image to an existing text. Your images are the center, sometimes even the starting point of communication.

Illustration designers work for advertising agencies and publishing houses, scientific and cultural institutions, media and film companies. A degree in illustration design from AID Berlin qualifies you as a specialist in illustration and design.

The program for Illustration Design is divided into two parts:

1–4 semesters

Studies in the basics of visual communication (such as drawing, color, geometry, formats and materials) as well as projects in design-techniques typography, web, photo and motion design.

5–7 semesters

Project-based studies in Illustration Design (such as 2D print-media: magazines, tabloids etc., also 3D visual communication in packaging design and motion design) – all accompanied by a comprehensive introduction to all the applications that designers and illustrators need today (Adobe Creative Suite, Maxon Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects).

Application

Entry criteria and application procedure:

For us, talent and creativity (shown in a portfolio or via work samples) are more important than any grades achieved in school or college. The first step for applicants is to show their portfolio. If you are unable to bring in your portfolio in person, you may send it via post or apply via our online-tool at this link.

Language skills

Entry to AID Berlin does not require a German language certificate, however you should be able to follow lectures and classes in German. We offer German language classes from beginner level upwards. More details may be found here.

Costs
Course fees are currently 490 Euros per month.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
In addition to AID Berlin Illustration Design certificate, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree can be obtained with our partner the DIPLOMA University.


To find out more about the Study Program Illustration Design visit our showcase or contact us.

Tel: +49 (0) 30 91 20 66 55

E-Mail: info@aidberlin.de

AID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und DesignAID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und DesignAID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und Design
AID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und DesignAID Berlin - Akademie für Illustration und Design
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Study Program Foundation Course Design

Find out what suits your talent best and get off to a successful start after your preliminary studies in design!

Are you interested in studying design, but don't yet know which field of study and university to choose, or which creative profession you would like to pursue after graduation?

This pre-study program gives you a comprehensive insight into the diverse professions in the design industry and helps you choose the right course of study.

In two semesters we make you fit for a creative study or workplace. The general design basics are an important prerequisite for all design courses and your later career. During the Foundation Course Design you will gain the basic knowledge you need for a successful application.

Equipped with knowledge of your own interests and strengths, a broad range of prior knowledge and an outstanding portfolio, nothing stands in the way of a successful application for an artistic-creative study program, internship or job.

The program for the Foundation Course Design covers the following aspects: Studies in the basics of visual communication (such as drawing, color, geometry, formats and materials), projects in general design-disciplines, workshops to give an overview and insight into the different fields of design, individual coaching to find your field of design and create a portfolio, application-studies (Adobe Creative Suite). The course prepares students for a wide range of design studies including the following fields:

Communication Design
Illustration and Illustration Design
Graphic Design
Fashion Design
Product Design
Industrial Design
Textile Design
Digital Design
Interface Design / Media Design
Motion Design / Animation
Interior Design
Architecture
Stage and Set Design
Photo Design
Game Design

Application

Since the Foundation Course Design prepares students for entry into design education no previous experience or portfolio is required. You can apply at the following link. Full details about the course will then be sent to you. The application includes an interview in person at AID Berlin. In this interview we will want to learn more about your interests and goals and all questions regarding the course will be answered. We recommend bringing samples of your artworks, if possible. To start the course in the summer-semester (April 1st) your application should be handed in at the 1st of March latest. For an entry into the winter-semester (October 1st) applications should be handed in until the 1st of September. 

Language skills

Entry to AID Berlin does not require a German language certificate, however you should be able to follow lectures and classes in German. We offer German language classes from beginner level upwards. More details may be found here.


To find out more about the Foundation Course Design visit our showcase or contact us.

Tel: +49 (0) 30 91 20 66 55

E-Mail: info@aidberlin.de