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Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg

The second partner participating in the double degree program is the Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg, a faculty of the University of Applied Sciences Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau in Germany, which offers degrees in fashion design, wood design, textile design and textile art. The degree program Fashion Design focuses on experimental yet functional design in a practice-oriented context. The Faculty of Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg cooperates with different partners in the industry. In Schneeberg, design students learn to visually represent and present their works, but they also get a comprehensive insight into underlying artistic principles. In addition, this faculty is equally involved in other international exchange programs besides the double degree program.


The history of the Schneeberg School of Design began in 1878 with the founding of the Royal Lacemaking Sample School Schneeberg. With the opening of the Schneeberg Royal School of General Commercial Drawing in 1881 and its integration into the Royal School of Drawing for Commerce and the Textile Industry in 1908, the range of training provided at Schneeberg was broadened. In 1921, all three schools were merged into one state institution.

The College of Applied Arts was established in 1962. Since then, Wood Design has been offered in addition to traditional textile studies. The Clothing Design program was introduced in 1971. The degree program Musical Instrument Construction taught at the Marktneukirchen branch of Schneeberg College was added in 1988. In 1992 the Schneeberg College saw a major reorganization, when it became the Faculty of Applied Arts Schneeberg and was integrated into the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences, Zwickau. The Faculty of Applied Arts Schneeberg today offers two degree programs: Design and Musical Instrument Construction. The Design program offers bachelor’s degrees in Wood Design, Fashion Design and Textile Art Design and Textile Design.


International Programs

Established partnerships with other European universities and colleges testify to our international activities. Studies abroad over a term of one semester are common practice. Many students benefit from practical training with foreign companies. Funding is available through various aid programs of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). Possibilities range from mobility grants to full scholarships. By reducing the financial burden, these programs provide students with the opportunity to study abroad.

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Traditional workshop and studio work is of major importance in Schneeberg. It helps to develop and facilitate the understanding of complex connections between experimental and practical work. Our working conditions perfectly match this concept. For each student, there is an individual workplace in one of the university’s studios, comprising a drawing table, a filing pedestal and wireless Internet access. The well-equipped studios and workshops enable our Fashion Design students to turn their creative ideas into models and prototypes. Computer labs, drawing studios, a graphic workshops and our photo studio are provided for classes and independent work. For interdisciplinary projects, there are, for example, workshops for manual and digital textile printing. Workrooms and most of the workshops may be accessed 24 hours a day.

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