SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 7 Semesters
  • on campus
  • 210 ECTS
  • €690/Month
  • No foundation year necessary
  • In accreditation
  • university cooperations
  • Full time

Drawing is your passion; you think in images. Our Berlin based B.A. Illustration programme will teach you to visualise messages and draft blueprints while developing your personal style. Learn to apply your drawing skills in a professional context.

  • English
  • summer & winter semester | SRH Gera collaboration

Your course content

Research, conception and visual realisation

A picture is worth a thousand words. Visuals serve as the central communication medium in our B.A. Illustration programme where you’ll learn to tell stories through drawing and to convey messages through imagery. Develop an understanding of the interplay between image and text. Learn methods and techniques of research, conception and visual implementation. Informed by storytelling principles, you’ll develop your own designs for a variety of illustration projects including graphic novels and children's books.

Manual printing techniques such as silkscreen, risography and etching make up the curriculum along with digital applications and software, typography, editorial design and editorial illustration. Learn to transport your illustrations to three-dimensional spaces and make them interact with their environment. Help shape tomorrow’s design solutions today.

Our programme encourages you to work with professional clients on real assignments. Find yourself visiting illustration and animation studios on a regular basis for a chance to experience firsthand what it's like to work in the creative industries.

Your career prospects

Illustrator, graphic designer and more

As an illustrator you can work for all kinds of media companies. Start your own business and offer professional services to cultural and scientific institutions, advertising agencies and publishing houses. In addition, your job profile can include editorial, advisory and coordinating activities.

Illustrate digital and interactive media, print, websites, 3D animations, cartoons and motion pictures, computer games. Create special effects and character designs.

You’ll possess the know-how to craft elaborate narratives for literary works and design children's books, non-fiction and graphic novels for publishing houses.
Our internationally-accredited Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree serves as a professional foundation for immediate employment. In addition, the internationally acclaimed Bachelor of Arts degree entitles you to pursue numerous postgraduate and master's degree programmes in Germany and beyond.

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Meet us in person

Open House | June 2024 | Berlin

We invite you to our Open House in

  • Berlin on Saturday, 15 June 2024 from 11 am to 4 pm

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Modules B.A. Illustration

Your curriculum

7 Semester 210 ECTS
1. Semester

First Semester

  • Design Basics I

  • Design Basics II

  • Design Basics III

  • Design / Communication Sciences

  • Media Lab

  • Elective

2. Semester

Second Semester

  • Illustration Basics I

  • Illustration Basics II

  • Illustration Basics III

  • Design / Media Sciences

  • Character Design

  • Elective

3. Semester

Third Semester

  • Animation I

  • Animation II

  • Visual Essay

  • Artistic Research I

  • Concept Art

  • Elective

4. Semester

Fourth Semester

  • Narrative Illustration I

  • Narrative Illustration II

  • Narrative Illustration III

  • SRH Lab

  • Editorial Design I

  • Elective

5. Semester

Mobility Phase

  • Internship in Germany or abroad

  • Independent illustration project

6. Semester

Sixth Semester

  • Editorial Illustration I

  • Editorial Illustration II

  • Research Colloquium

  • Artistic Research II

  • Practical project / Project-oriented work

  • Elective

7. Semester

Seventh Semester

  • Portfolio I

  • Portfolio II

  • Entrepreneurship + Media Law

  • Writing Workshop / Colloquium

  • Bachelor's Thesis

Admission requirements

Our requirements

Admission requirements vary according to the educational background and citizenship of all applicants. Our admission requirements are in accordance with German legal stipulations. 

The basic requirements are:

  • General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or university of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife). In case you have not graduated yet, please apply with your existing transcripts or your latest interim certificate. However, we need your final degree certificate before you can start your studies.
  • Portfolio with approx. 20 own creative works - please refer to the guidelines *
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • CV
  • Copy of your identity card or passport

*Convince us with your talent: we are looking forward to assessing your portfolio with about 20 of your own creative works. You can upload the portfolio together with your application, send it to us or simply bring it to a personal interview.

Find out if you are eligible
Submit your application directly through our online platform to see if you qualify for our Bachelor's programmes. Our admissions experts will review your documents and directly inform you of your eligibility, or if further education is required. Apply now!

Important: Applicants with foreign degrees who can access a state-accredited university in their home country (or country of their studies), and meet the SRH subject and GPA requirements, are typically eligible to start our Bachelor's programmes directly. Our team will meticulously evaluate your application and provide feedback on your eligibility. 

Here are the English requirements you should bring along:

  • TOEFL 87 ibt (direct entry)
  • TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
  • TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
  • IELTS/ IELTS ONLINE (academic) 6.5 on average - please see Language Centre guidelines if results differ
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B or C)
  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A) 59 points
  • Linguaskill: 176 - 184 (CES) - all four skills required
  • Duolingo 110 points
Fees and Funding

Your tuition fees

As a state-recognised, private university, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is financed by tuition fees. This revenue goes towards equipping our campus, providing services for our students, and quality assurance. In this way we ensure that you receive the best possible education under optimal study conditions.

Tuition fees

  • EUR 690 / month (Citizenship EU/EEA incl. Switzerland, Western Balkans and Ukraine)
  • EUR 4,725 / semester (Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)

Enrolment Fee

  • EUR 750 (Citizenship EU/EEA incl. Western Balkans, Ukraine, Switzerland)
  • EUR 1000 (Citizenship non-EU/non-EEA)

The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme. More information about our fees.


Information on financing options & scholarships can be found here.

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Application process and deadlines

Please find the Application and Late Arrival deadlines here.

We are happy to welcome you to our university. This is our application process:

  1. You submit your online application via the SRH application portal
  2. If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to a personal/phone interview
  3. If the interview is successful, you will receive an acceptance letter and the study contract
  4. You sign the study contract and send it back to us
  5. You pay the enrolment fee
  6. You will receive your letter of admission
  7. You take part in our Welcome Week and then you are good to go!

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  • You will take part in a step-by-step learning experience
  • You will study in practice-oriented tasks in small teams
  • You can concentrate on what's important in 5-week-blocks
  • You will receive individual support from your lecturers
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