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.
Eight good reasons to partner with the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]).
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.
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.
McCann is one of the leading agency networks in the world and has developed campaigns and communications strategies for major brands.
Red Monkeys is a full-service agency for integrated communications. It supports brands and clients from various industries, including B2C and B2B.
Swiss Radio and Television needs innovative, efficient, and dedicated employees to work on demanding tasks in fields including on-air design.
Six steps to dual-study partnership:
If you are interested in a dual-study partnership, you can apply using the designated form (in German).
During the second step, the program directors assess whether your business is suitable for a dual-study partnership.
If your company is deemed suitable for a partnership, you will be accredited by the University Council as a dual-study partner.
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.
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).
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!
Flyer Media Design
Information brochure about Media Design at the Cooperative State University Ravensburg.
Welcome home! (German and English)
Accompanying booklet for the move to the Altes Theater in 2013
Updates/Recommendations Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 4.2021
Updates to hardware recommendations for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 4.2021
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) information for partner companies (02.2019)
Prospective students can either apply directly to a company that cooperates with the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education on the Media Design course, or they themselves can suggest a company that is willing to sign a study and training contract.
A current list of partner companies can be found in the column at the right.
It is advisable to begin applying to a company at an early stage in the application process—usually one year before the start of the course.
List of Companies
The companies listed have spots available for the course beginning on 1st October. It is also possible to send unsolicited applications to companies that are not yet partners.
Standard DHBW contract for admission to the program
Explanatory notes for the training contract
Explanatory Notes on the DHBW Workplace Training Contract
Application Form for Candidates with Vocational Qualifications (in German)
Application for aptitude tests for candidates with vocational qualifications
Company Questionnaire 2020 (in German)
Partner companies can use this form to provide the university with information on their business as well as the scope for supporting students within the company.
Reservation/Phase Selection Form (in German)
With this form, the company may reserve a place on the course and choose which phase the applicant will attend, vis-a-vis the schedule for the theoretical and practical components.
Practice Reflection Form (in German)
The company can use this form to make notes on and evaluate the practical phase.
Plan for A and B phase 2021 (in German)
Timetable with theory and practical phases for the courses MD21A and MD21B
Plan for A and B phase 2020 (in German)
Timetable with theory and practical phases for the courses MD20A and MD20B
Plan for A and B phase 2019 (in German)
Timetable with theory and practical phases for the courses MD19A and MD19B
DHBW Partner Logo
Dual-study affiliates may download the DHBW partner logo to use in their own communications.