Active Partners of the Program

Well-trained employees are essential for success in the media industry. But where can one find young talent able to work effectively without extensive training?

Many companies have already discovered the strong points of DHBW students. Media Design graduates are in high demand in the industry and work as design and art directors at large agencies including Jung von Matt, McCann, MetaDesign, and Serviceplan, as well as at numerous small and medium-sized companies. Students and graduates regularly win national and international design awards.

You can benefit from our practical training approach by choosing one or more of our many dedicated and talented prospective students to work with you each year. Join our network of over 200 partner companies working together with the dual-study program in the department of Media Design.


Offering young talent free space for fresh thinking, providing the foundations for creativity, and giving ideas impetus for the future—these are some of the biggest assets for our agencies. This is why for many years we have been working successfully with the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education to foster new talent. For that, we say thank you.

Florian Schmittgall, Managing Partner, Schmittgall Gruppe, Stuttgart

Benefits for Your Business

Eight good reasons to partner with the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education:

1Train the Talent You Need

When it comes to finding the right personnel for your company, you not only get a sense of students’ creative abilities but also of their personality while they work with you during their three years of study.

2Highly Motivated Employees

Students who embark on a dual course of study are focused and motivated, goal-oriented, and are hungry for new challenges and opportunities to apply what they have learned.

3No Need to Train New Staff

During their study and training periods, students get involved in company-specific work processes and customer structures. They learn operations from scratch and are able to take on responsibilities earlier. Already familiar with the real business world, they aren’t shocked when they start work.

4Contributing to Society

By selecting your students from a large pool of prospective trainees, you become responsible for the growth and development of design talent. As a result, you also show your customers that you are willing to play an active role in our society by contributing to its future.

5Developing Careers

You can help young talent to get a university degree. By acting as a springboard for students’ careers, you create a bond with the young people in your company. Many graduates continue to work at their training companies after graduation.

6Partnership with the University

The university takes charge of teaching design basics, methods, background, and technical and business content so that, during the training phase in your company, students can assume responsibilities and apply their theoretical knowledge from the get-go. This interplay fosters proactivity and social skills.

7International Focus

We promote international competence in our students; they have the opportunity to spend a theory semester abroad to gain intercultural experience. We work with more than 10 international colleges and universities and recognize study abroad through full course credit.

8Approved Intensive Study

The integration of theoretical and practical content means that students receive an additional 30 ECTS points during the practical phases of their coursework. As a result, our curriculum is worth 210 ECTS credits and recognized as an intensive course of study. In addition to national accreditation, we also bear the seal of approval from the international accreditation body Open University Validation Services.

Company Suitability and Accreditation

Within the scope of the Media Design course, a wide range of companies can train qualified staff. We work with companies in the graphic arts, media, and film industries, such as advertising agencies, graphic design studios, media companies, publishing houses, and radio and television companies, as well as with companies that have established their own in-house design departments. The current list of company contact names and addresses can be found as a PDF in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page.

The Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education checks the suitability of a training company based on a questionnaire which determines whether the company meets the necessary conditions for partnership.

Generally, the firm should have at least five employees in their creative department and should have been in business for at least five years. In order to supervise and support students during the practical phase, the organization designates an employee to maintain contact with the university. This employee should have a university degree in a creative field.

We are happy to provide more information about the eligibility criteria mentioned above. The final decision on acceptance as a dual-study partner of the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education lies with the university council for equal representation (cf. section 27 c of the Landeshochschulgesetz [state law on universities and colleges]).

A Selection of Our Partner Firms

Bayrischer Rundfunk

Bayrischer Rundfunk

Since October 2011, Bayerischer Rundfunk has offered traineeships for the dual-study program. These include positions that emphasize media design with a focus on online and video design.

  • Design concepts
  • Multimedia/Social media
  • Motion design

Schmittgall Gruppe

Schmittgall Gruppe

The Schmittgall Gruppe is a collective of five owner-managed agencies for integrated communications. Content focal points include networked and cross-media communications and brand design for the B2C and B2B sectors.

  • Offline advertising
  • Online advertising
  • Cross-media design
  • Corporate design



McCann is one of the leading agency networks in the world and has developed campaigns and communications strategies for major brands.

  • On/Offline advertising
  • Design concepts
  • Junior art direction

Red Monkeys

Red Monkeys

Red Monkeys is a full-service agency for integrated communications. It supports brands and clients from various industries, including B2C and B2B.

  • On/Offline advertising
  • Brand design
  • Junior art direction

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Swiss Radio and Television needs innovative, efficient, and dedicated employees to work on demanding tasks in fields including on-air design.

  • Online/Multimedia design
  • On-air design
  • Cross-media design

Become a Dual-Study Partner

Six steps to dual-study partnership:

1Register via company registration form

If you are interested in a dual-study partnership, you can apply using the designated form (in German).

2Pass the suitability check

During the second step, the program directors assess whether your business is suitable for a dual-study partnership.

3Get accreditation

If your company is deemed suitable for a partnership, you will be accredited by the University Council as a dual-study partner.

4Reserve a university place

After accreditation, you can reserve one or more university places and start recruiting your future dual-study students. We are happy to add you to our official list of partner companies, which is continually updated and available on our website.

5Select your students

You can choose your students according to your company requirements and preferences. The only restriction Ravensburg imposes is that students should be qualified to study at university. Under certain conditions, students with vocational qualifications may also be admitted. More information is available here (in German).

6Wait for approval

After the Training Contract has been signed and the student has sent all relevant documents (original training contract, certified copy of A-level results/high school diploma or equivalent, CV/resume, 2 photographs, and, if applicable, vocational or technical school certificate confirming academic suitability) to the Media Design office, registration can be approved. We look forward to welcoming you as a partner!

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