Darmstadt College

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Darmstadt College
founding 1st August 1971
Sponsorship state
place Darmstadt
state HesseHesse Hesse
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Ralph Stengler
Students 16,659 (WS 2019/2020)
Employee 967
including professors 321
Annual budget approx. 50 million euros excluding special and third-party funds
Networks HAWtech , HAW Hessen
Website www.h-da.de

The Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences (h_da) is August 1, 1971 as the Fachhochschule Darmstadt founded university in Darmstadt . It is one of the largest practice-oriented state universities in Hesse and among the ten largest universities of applied sciences in Germany. She has had the right to award doctorates in the field of "Applied Computer Science" since November 2017 and in the field of "Sustainability Sciences" since March 2019.

The university is part of the Rhein-Main-Neckar IT cluster .


High-rise building ( C10 ) of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences has several predecessor institutions, the history of which goes back well into the 19th century. In the winter semester of 1876/77 the Hessian state building trade school in Darmstadt began teaching under the sponsorship of the Grand Duchy of Hesse . The Darmstadt School of Civil Engineering developed from this later . The "Architecture" and "Civil Engineering" departments go back to this. The “Design” department has its roots in the Grand Ducal teaching studios for applied arts , founded in 1907, and since 1950 Werkkunstschule Darmstadt . The predecessor of the “Mechanical Engineering” department was established in 1919 as the Darmstadt Municipal Mechanical Engineering School , later the Engineering School for Mechanical Engineering. In 1941, the chemical engineering department was set up at the Darmstadt Municipal Commercial School; the department was merged into the “State School of Chemistry - Engineering School” in today's “Chemistry and Biotechnology” department. Another previous institution is the college for socio-educational professions .

The Darmstadt School of Civil Engineering, the State School of Mechanical Engineering and the State School of Chemistry were merged in 1968. The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1971 on the basis of the law "on the universities of applied sciences in the state of Hesse". In 2000, the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences took over the former Dieburg University of Applied Sciences .

On March 1, 2006, the university was renamed “Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences (h_da)”.

The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is a member of the Hesse Universities of Applied Sciences . Together with the Fulda University , the Rhein-Main University and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences , the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences operates the doctoral center for "Applied Computer Science". This enables students in the field of computer science to do a doctorate without cooperating with a university.


Old logo of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (FHD)
h_da logo on building A12

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences has grown from around 10,000 to around 17,000 students (winter semester 2018/19) in the last ten years. Students of engineering and information sciences are one focus, but media and economics are also departments with a large number of students.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers courses in information law, business psychology, applied social sciences, and risk and sustainability management. A special feature of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is the social and cultural studies accompanying studies (SuK) in the social sciences department. It has been part of student training since the university was founded and is organized by an interdisciplinary organizational unit within the department.

The university is active in the field of in-service training . For example, there is an internationally oriented range of courses for those who work in “International Business Administration”. Furthermore, one can also take part in further training measures in the field of computer science at the Darmstadt University, which are offered in cooperation with the French Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM). The bachelor's degree in International Business Administration is possible over a period of four years while working.

The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences has several locations in the Darmstadt city area. On the Mathildenhoehe the communications and industrial designers the biotechnologists qualify, the botanical garden, the social workers studying in the city center, and the other departments are on the campus in Darmstadt publisher quarter accommodated (Schöfferstraße, Haardtring).

For the 2006/2007 winter semester, the number of departments was reduced from 15 to 11. The range of courses was further expanded. The location in Dieburg was expanded into a center for media, information and journalism by 2007. The high-rise building C10 was energetically renovated in 2011 by the Berlin architectural office Staab Architekten . For the design, the architects received the German Façade Prize for ventilated curtain façades (VHF) 2013.

Darmstadt campus

The Darmstadt campus is mainly located on the high-rise in Schöfferstraße and in the former Dugena buildings a little further away at Haardtring 100. Here you will find the departments of architecture, civil engineering, chemistry and biotechnology, electrical engineering and information technology, social sciences, computer science, mechanical engineering and plastics technology, mathematics and Science and economics. There are also several canteens, the administrative offices of the AStA, media center, international office, student service center and the center for research and development.

Mathildenhöhe campus

The Mathildenhöhe campus is the smallest campus of the university, but stands out in particular due to its close proximity to the Hochzeitsturm , the landmark of the city of Darmstadt . The Faculty of Design with its industrial and communication design and photography courses is located on this campus.

Dieburg campus

Main building on the Dieburg campus

The Dieburg site, which has been part of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences since 2000 (previously: Dieburg University of Applied Sciences ) is sometimes referred to as the "media campus". The media as well as economics and information science courses are concentrated here. These include the bachelor's programs in Animation & Game, Business Administration, Information Science , Interactive Media Design, International Media Cultural Work, Motion Pictures, Online Journalism, Online Communication and Sound & Music Production. Information science, leadership in the creative industries and media development are offered as master’s courses. The research and development projects of the Mediencampus are bundled in the Institute for Communication and Media (ikum). In addition, there is a competence center for social media and e-learning, the eBusiness Pilot Darmstadt-Dieburg, located on campus.

foreign countries

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences maintains relationships with a total of around 80 universities abroad, with which it cooperates in the areas of teaching and research. The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences maintains contacts with ten partner universities in Eastern Europe alone. The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences offers a language program to support these activities. In addition to the official languages ​​of the European Union, the program also includes special offers for foreign students and preparatory courses that lead to internationally recognized certificates.

As part of the internationally oriented study programs, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences offers its graduates and those of other universities in electrical engineering the opportunity to acquire the internationally recognized title of “Master of Science” (M.Sc.) in a 15-month full-time study. As part of this course, specialist and management skills in the field of "Electrical Engineering / System Design and Technology" can be acquired, as required by engineers in managerial positions on the European job market.


The "Optotechnology and Image Processing" course, which started in 1997 as a diploma course and is now offered as a bachelor's and master's degree, is unique. This engineering course deals with how humans and machines can use optical technologies to capture the environment and understand it with the help of image processing, even beyond what is visible to the naked eye.

The diploma course "Information Law" is unique in Germany and focuses on legal questions relating to the Internet and links law, technology and economics across disciplines.

Also unique in the German-speaking world is the online communication (B.Sc.) bachelor's degree program, which has been offered since 2014, with a possible focus on online marketing, public relations and corporate learning.

English-language courses are the four-semester "Joint International Master of Computer Science", which the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences offers together with American and Australian universities, and the master's course in "Electrical Engineering".


The Center for Research and Development was founded in 2001 to cooperate with commercial enterprises and research institutions.

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is a member of the House of IT , a public-private partnership for the promotion of innovative information and communication technologies in Europe.


Rectors / Presidents


  • Ellen Göbel (Chancellor until summer 2014)
  • Ralph Stengler (Chancellor from summer 2014 to spring 2015)
  • Norbert Reichert (Chancellor since July 2015)

Departments and courses of study

Only the currently offered courses are listed here. Expiring diploma courses, additional accompanying courses and some cooperative courses are not listed here.

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sources: Statistical reports / B / III / 1 / S: The students at the universities in Hesse in the winter semester - preliminary results , Hessian State Statistical Office , Wiesbaden; Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences: Numbers, data and facts - University statistics
subject area Degree programs ( academic degree )
architecture Architecture (BA)
Architecture (MA)
Interior Design (BA)
Interior Design (MA)
Civil engineering Civil Engineering (B.Eng.)
Civil Engineering (M.Eng.)

Environmental Engineering (B.Eng.)

Environmental Engineering (M.Eng.)

Chemistry and biotechnology Biotechnology (B.Sc.)
Chemical Technology (B.Eng.)
Biosystems Technology (M.Sc.)
Electrical engineering and information technology Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (B.Eng.)
Electrical Engineering (English speaking) (M.Sc.)

Electrical engineering and information technology (distance learning course) (B.Eng.) Note 1
Electrical engineering (distance learning course) (M.Sc.) Note 1
Building systems technology (B.Eng.)
Industrial engineering (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)

Social work Social Work (BA)
Social Work (MA)
Social sciences IT Law (LL.B.)
International Licensing Law (LL.M.)
Business Psychology (B.Sc.)
Applied Social Sciences (BA)
Risk Assessment and Sustainability Management (RASUM; M.Sc.)
layout Industrial design (Dipl. Designer (FH))
Communication design (Dipl. Designer (FH))
Computer science Computer Science (B.Sc.)
Cooperative Degree in Computer Science (B.Sc.)
Computer Science (M.Sc.)
Cooperative Degree in Computer Science (M.Sc.)
Joint International Master (English-speaking) (M.Sc.)
CNAM - Degree for Working People ( B.Eng.)
CNAM degree for professionals (M.Eng.)
Mechanical engineering and plastics technology General mechanical engineering (B.Eng.)
Mechanical engineering (M.Sc.)
Plastics technology (B.Eng.)
Plastics technology (M.Sc.)
Automotive development (M.Sc.)
Mechatronics (B.Sc.)
Math and science Applied Mathematics (B.Sc.)
Applied Mathematics (M.Sc.)

Data Science (M.Sc.)
Optotechnology and Image Processing (B.Sc.)
Optotechnology and Image Processing (M.Sc.)

Media Animation and Game (BA)
Expanded Realities (BA)
Information Science (B.Sc.)
Information Science (M.Sc.)
Interactive Media Design (BA)
International Media Cultural Work (MA)
Leadership in the Creative Industries (MA)
Media Development (MA)
Motion Pictures (BA)
Online Journalism (BA)
Online Communication (B.Sc.)
Sound and Music Production (BA)
economy Business Administration (B.Sc.)
Business Administration (M.Sc.)
International Business Administration (B.Sc.)
Master of Business Administration (M.Sc.)
Global Master of Business Administration (M.Sc.)
Energy Management (B.Sc.)
Energy Economics (M.Sc.)
Note 1The course is coordinated by the ZFH ; some event on the premises of Aschaffenburg University


Research, development and transfer is a central and lively component of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. This can be seen in the number of research projects in the various research topics, which has been increasing for years. The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences cooperates in a variety of ways and participates in research initiatives. Internal and external networking as well as the strengthening of research-related cooperation and lively knowledge and technology transfer are actively promoted. To this end, invitations are made to a wide variety of events, information and advice are offered, and young scientists are supported.

Active research can be seen in all faculties of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in the form of diverse current research projects in the various research topics. There is a focus on interdisciplinarity, which is reflected in the establishment of research-related, mostly interdisciplinary research groups and institutes, as well as in the formation of interdisciplinary associations of researchers in overarching research centers and doctoral research centers.

PhD centers

  • Applied Computer Science PhD Center
  • Doctoral Center for Sustainability Sciences

Research institutes

Research centers

  • Applied Computer Science Research Center
  • Research Center for Digital Communication and Media Innovation
  • Research Center for Material and Process Technology
  • Research Center Sustainable Processes and Procedures

Research groups

  • Assisted Working and Automation (AWA)
  • Biometrics and Internet Security (da / sec)
  • Human-Computer Interaction & Visual Analytics (VIS)

Cooperation with institutes and research groups

Partner institutes and universities (including Erasmus agreements)




The VHF transmitters for the following radio programs were located on the roof of the high-rise (building C10) until the building was renovated in 2009 :

The Darmstadt amateur radio relay with the call sign DB0FDA is also located here :

  • 70 cm band (output: 438.5875 MHz)
  • APRS digipeater (input: 144.8 MHz)
  • D-ATV relay (transmission frequency: 1291 MHz; symbol rate: 4.286 Mbit / s)

Web links

Commons : Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Nationwide first doctoral center "Applied Computer Science" starts in Darmstadt. November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017 .
  2. A doctorate in sustainability sciences is possible at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. March 27, 2019, accessed March 28, 2019 .
  3. Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (2015) Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences - roots and growth; updated August 18, 2015; available online ; accessed August 30, 2015
  4. Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (2015) Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences - roots and growth; updated August 18, 2015; available online ; accessed August 30, 2015
  5. http://www.fvhf.de/Fassade-bilder/docs/Prospekte/FVHF_Doku_Fassadenpreis_2013.pdf
  6. ^ House of IT members .
  7. a b c students from 2006 to 2011. (PDF) In: Report of the Presidium. Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da), October 2012, p. 22 , accessed on February 13, 2017 .
  8. a b History of the h_da: Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences - roots and growth
  9. ^ Engineering Sciences - Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved April 23, 2020 .
  10. Archived copy ( Memento of the original from October 15, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.h-ab.de
  11. ↑ Cross- university doctoral center for applied computer science. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  12. ^ Website of the Promotion Center for Sustainability Sciences. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  13. ikum website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  14. FZAI website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  15. FZDKMI website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  16. FZMPT website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  17. FZNPV website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  18. AWA website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  19. da / sec website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  20. VIS website. Retrieved April 12, 2019 .
  21. New facade for the old symbol in: FAZ of January 21, 2012, page 55.

Coordinates: 49 ° 52 '2.2 "  N , 8 ° 38' 17.2"  E