During the six semesters of the Bachelor Degree Programme of Interior Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, future Interior Architects are studying with a focus on Architectural Design and its application. Interior Architecture is closely connected with holistic questions and tasks of architecture. For this reason, buildings, interiors, furnishings and furniture are regarded as a unity in the course of the study programme. By teaching profound technical, design and organisational knowledge we are educating our students to become competent generalists.

Application deadline

online from 1 to 31 May

Study time

6 semesters

Study title

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The study of Interior Architecture is divided into the areas of people, furniture and space.

As the user of our designs, people are the focus of Interior Architecture. Teaching includes topics from fields of anthropology, ergonomics, psychology and color perception, but also presentation, marketing, architecture, design, art and cultural history.

At the interface between people and space, furniture plays a central role in Interior Architecture: it should be haptically tangible, functional, well-designed, ergonomic and stable. Possibilities of construction and manufacturing as well as the constant change in furniture design are the content of the courses. In the course of their studies, all students design at least one piece of furniture and realise it as a prototype.

The design of space ranges from the construction of a built shell to atmosphere and mood. The theory study covers important teaching content on building construction, technical finishing, lighting design, material justice and sustainability in design. In the project study, this knowledge is applied in spatial designs and the results are communicated in the form of presentations.

The Bachelor's Degree programme enables students to study Interior Architecture in an up-to-date and practical manner, oriented towards the technical feasibility of creative solutions. Individual elective options allow students to set thematic emphases and deepen their own interests.

The following topics are in the foreground:

  • Interior, furniture and scenography
  • Perception, design and presentation
  • Teamwork and interdisciplinarity
  • Communication and language skills
  • International contacts

We shape the things we build, thereafter they shape us.

It is the core task of Interior Architecture to create spaces and shape the built environment according to human needs, and both needs and spaces can vary greatly. Whether they apply their acquired skills directly in professional practice or deepen them in a Master's Degree Programme, our graduates are prepared for a wide range of activities based on a diverse range of study projects that reflect the spectrum of different tasks.

Study Programme

Basic Studies

Basic knowledge


Main study

In-depth Examination


External study project

Office internship or partner university


Bachelor Thesis





From October 13 to November 16, 2022, a presence exhibition at our faculty showed numerous student works as well as competition successes. In a digital collection all best student works of the last year of all study programmes of the faculty can still be seen: bestof.hft-stuttgart.de

Have fun discovering!


The external study project can be taken as an office internship in Germany or abroad (contact person Prof. Diane Ziegler) or as a semester abroad at one of our partner universities (contact person Prof. Andreas Kretzer). The International Student Office will support your preparations for a stay abroad. Currently, there are exchange programmes with the following partner universities:

in Europe

Finnland, Lathi: Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Frankreich, Paris: École Supérieure des Arts Modernes
Italien, Ferarra: University of Ferrara
Italien, Rom: Università di Roma, La Sapienza
Österreich, Salzburg: Fachhochschule Salzburg
Polen, Krakau: Cracow University of Technology
Portugal, Leiria: Polytécnico de Leiria
Schottland, Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art
Schottland, Edinburgh: Edinburgh College of Art
Schweden, Gothenburg: Academy of Art and Design
Schweiz, Lugano: Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana
Schweiz, Luzern: Hochschule Luzern
Spanien, Barcelona: Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny
Spanien, Logrono: Escuela Superior de Diseño de La Rioja
Türkei, Istanbul: Istanbul Technical University und Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

outside Europe

China, Hongkong: Hongkong Polytechnic University
Costa Rica, Cartago: Tecnológico de Costa Rica
Indien, Ahmedabad: Centre for Environment Planning & Technology
Israel, Tel Aviv: Holon Institute of Technology
Japan, Kyoto: Kyoto Institute of Technology
Südafrika, Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Metropolitain University


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The application period for the winter semester 2024/25 for the Bachelor of Interior Architecture Programme is May 01 –31, 2024.

Application process:

1. upload documents:https: //www.hochschulstart.de/startseite
Copies of the following must be attached to the application: Proof of university entrance qualification and, if applicable, proof of existing creditable vocational training, proof of creditable previous internships and, if applicable, foreign educational certificates.
Further information can be found under Download: Admission and selection regulations

2. examination of your documents
The uploaded documents will be checked by Hochschulstart for completeness and validity. If your application in Hochschulstart is complete and valid, you will receive further information with the invitation to the artistic aptitude test.

3. artistic aptitude test
The aptitude test consists of a task and a professional interview. You can find further information under Download: Admission and selection statutes

4. evaluation
The tasks will be evaluated. If an artistic aptitude is recognisable, you will receive an invitation to the professional interview.
Further information can be found under Download: Admission and selection statutes

Do you have questions about studying?
Just write to: studienberatung-innenarchitektur(at)hft-stuttgart.de

You have general questions about the application?
Have a look at: https://www.hft-stuttgart.de/studium/bewerbung or write an email to: studsek(at)hft-stuttgart.de


The average grade in the Abitur is not decisive for admission to the study program, since the allocation of study places is not subject to any admission restriction according to numerus clausus. However, spatial imagination, creativity and specific subject-related interests that you cultivated during your school years, as well as enthusiasm for technical-constructive tasks, are important prerequisites for studying interior design.

Basic, general skills are required. In particular, the subfield of geometry and a strong spatial imagination are indispensable for the success of the study.

No, however, a preliminary internship in a carpentry or interior/architecture office is recommended for all applicants*.

A voluntarily completed pre-internship in a craft (see FAQ - Vocational training) and/or a voluntarily completed pre-internship in an interior architecture, architecture, design office of at least 6 weeks leads to an increase in points of 0.5 points each.

The internships must be confirmed by the company/office by keeping a record of activities.

No, an application portfolio is not required.

First, you upload your documents to www.hochschulstart.de.

These will then be reviewed and if all admission requirements of the HFT are met, you will be invited to the qualifying examination. More under Application.

Yes, there is an entrance examination to determine artistic aptitude. More under Application.

Engage with the international architecture, interior design and furniture design scene and be curious about all the information from the fields of art, design and culture. Visit current exhibitions - not only in your hometown. Read relevant magazines and books and practice both free and bound drawing of objects and spaces.

Direct registration in the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects is not possible with the degree "Bachelor of Arts" at HFT Stuttgart. The prerequisite for registration is the successful completion of a course of study with a total duration of at least four years and practical work in the field of activity of the discipline after the course of study of at least two years. The semesters missing after the six-semester Bachelor's degree at HFT Stuttgart are to be obtained through a subsequent Master's degree. A corresponding consecutive Master's program is offered at the HFT Stuttgart. Further information is available from the architectural chambers of the federal states.

When applying to the Interior Design program, completed professional training in the construction field will be assessed 2 additional points.

These are:

-Carpenter / joiner (m/f)

-Interior decorator (m/f)

-Model maker (m/f)

-draftsman (m/f)

-Carpenter (m/f)

-training in heating / ventilation / sanitation (m/f)

Please indicate when applying! Proof of vocational training must be provided in the form of a certificate when submitting the application.


Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Interior Architecture
Schellingstrasse 24
70174 Stuttgart

Study Programme Coordination
Phone +49 (0) 711 8926 2635
Fax +49 (0) 711 8926 2884

Dean of Studies
Prof. Karsten Weigel



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