Why did you decide to study “Graphic Design and Visual Communication”? And what made you choose HMKW Berlin?
In principle, I chose the course because drawing was the only thing I really liked to do and was (and is) my great passion. Whether with a pencil, watercolor or crayons: All that mattered was that I could let off steam on a sheet of paper. In addition, at school I was always the one responsible for the poster in group work.
I now wanted to train myself more in design for my career path and also go beyond that. I chose the dual option because practical experience is simply important to me and I had planned to do a dual course of study for my vocational training anyway. HMKW had the best offer in terms of price and I was advised in a very friendly manner.
Where did you complete your vocational training? Tell us more about your experiences. How would you describe your work there and which tasks did you particularly enjoy?
I spent most of my internship year at the Berlin film and TV production company STORY HOUSE Productions, where I got to know a really great team and learned an incredible amount about the film industry, which has interested me a lot since my school days. I was - and I work there as a student trainee still today - responsible for the many pitch documents, but I was also often allowed to work on animation contributions for film or series projects, support the team with my illustrations and also work in set and press photography on various film sets.
What module content from your studies have you already been able to apply in practice?
Especially for the pitch documents, I was able to apply my skills in the various Adobe programs, but also to enhance them. In addition, aspects such as image composition and appealing and reader-friendly layout play a major role in giving broadcasters the best possible experience of a project and convincing them. Furthermore, the photography and motion design modules proved to be very helpful in the respective areas, and I was able to consolidate them through the internship and successfully use my knowledge in the areas for private projects as well.
Brief resume: Could you imagine working in this field/company in the future?
Absolutely! I just like the atmosphere and the variety of tasks at STORY HOUSE and I will definitely try to find a permanent job there. I would also say that the film and TV sector is just super interesting and exciting!
What advantages do you see in a dual study program compared to a study program in the traditional form?
As I already said, practice is extremely important to me, preferably as much of it as possible. Especially when you don't really have any knowledge of all the programs before you start your studies, and also when it comes to really applying knowledge in the classes and constantly practicing how to use it. I definitely don't regret my decision for the dual option and am very glad that I chose this path back then. I also have to be honest and say that the dual course of study is also more worthwhile from a financial point of view in my opinion. Especially because you end up with two degrees. I would definitely like to recommend it to everyone to choose the dual option!