Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Glas und Schmuck Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz


All of our vocational training programmes are three-year courses, beginning in September in line with the Bavarian school holiday calendar. They culminate in a state-supervised final examination, the diploma being equivalent to the craftsman's certificate of apprenticeship. Courses are full-time and, in contrast to the dual system of vocational and educational training, all practical instruction takes place in the college's own workshops.

In our classes, craft techniques, key design principles and the creative energy of our students come together to form a vibrant whole, the perfect basis for the creation of highly individual workpieces.

There are 38 lessons a week, in which the following subjects are taught:

Practical training, design, art history, lettering, subject-specific theory, vocational applied mathematics, German and social sciences.

Learning outside the classroom

Excursions to museums and art galleries and lectures by artists and artisans offer an insight into historic and contemporary approaches to art and design. Our well-established connections to businesses and colleges of art and design provide our students with a wide range of options for their vocational orientation.

Our workshops

Our fully-equipped workshops provide an ideal environment for our students to learn all the fundamental skills required for their future profession. In addition to the basics, students of all specialties have the opportunity to learn a variety of highly specialised crafts, including glass beadmaking, letter chiselling, granulating and enamelling, as well as receiving an introduction to state-of-the-art technology such as CAD and 3-D printing.

Tuition fees

No tuition fees are charged. As a rule, completed workpieces remain the property of the College, although in some cases they may be purchased by the student. One-off costs for personal tools amount to between 350 and 500 Euros, depending on the course specialty.

An annual fee (currently approx. 100 Euros) is charged for general consumables (e.g. photocopies and paper) and the utilisation of workshop facilities outside school hours.

Where does this take me?

After completing your training, you may go on to work in a craft business, continue your training at a technical college or school for master craftspeople, or visit a college of art and design. In recent years, many of our graduates have achieved considerable success in national and international competitions and exhibitions.

Quality assurance

In 2008 and 2013 our college underwent comprehensive evaluations with excellent results. We are constantly modifying our fields of competence to bring them in line with the ever-changing demands of the business.

Our presence at trade fairs, exhibitions and competitions, as well as regular publications in trade magazines, showcase the high standards of our students, graduates and staff to a broad public.