Study Programme

The Bachelor's dual study programme offered by FH Aachen in cooperation with the Bildungszentrum des Zentralverbandes der Augenoptiker (ZVA-BZ) combines further education in the fields of optometry, natural and engineering sciences, biomedicine and management. With this orientation, it provides optician journeymen and masters with future-oriented educational and career opportunities.

A significant advantage over other ophthalmic study opportunities is that students can expand on, and improve, their professional experience throughout their studies. In this case, a reduction of a full-time position by approx. 30% is already sufficient. Each academic year, they attend face-to-face courses (Präsenzveranstaltungen) for approx. 12-14 weeks, divided into three blocks of approx. 4 weeks each, mostly in Knechtsteden. The remaining 9 months consist of in-depth eLearning and practical work in the company.

As lateral entrants, master opticians can cut their study time by almost half, provided they meet the relevant requirements (see FAQ & Application)


Optometry is the teaching of sight, of ametropias and their correction. It covers not only physical but also biological optics. Due to their specialised training, studied optometrists have extended knowledge and methods to identify the causes of vision problems. They can, of course, measure various ametropias and, in specialist optical shops, make sure that their customers achieve the best possible visual quality with the help of suitable glasses or contact lenses. They also check visual functions such as the visual field, contrast and colour vision or twilight vision. With the help of screenings using state-of-the-art technical instruments, optometrists can detect abnormalities in the eye at an early stage and, if necessary, recommend the visit of an ophthalmologist or specialist. For example, optometrists measure intraocular pressure and examine the cornea, eye lens or retina for indications of a possible eye or general disease.
Above all, however, they also provide support in the field of ophthalmology, they research and develop new methods for correcting eyesight and play a key role in the development and manufacture of innovative devices.

Structure and Sequence

The study programme is divided into two study sections, which can be studied either full-time or part-time.
It is possible to complete the entire Bachelor of Science study programme in "Augenoptik und Optometrie" (Ophthalmic Optics and Optometry) as an optician journeyman full-time within three years, or part-time within four years.
Master opticians start directly in study section two and only require two years of extra-occupational studies until graduation.

Study Section 1
In Study Section 1, you will study on the premises and in the laboratories of the ZVA Academy of Ophthalmic Optics in Dormagen. You will be taught in a very practice-oriented manner using state-of-the-art ophthalmic optics and optometry equipment. After approx. two years ( or one year, depending on the course model chosen), you will take your master craftsman's examination in the optician's trade before the Chamber of Crafts as an intermediate examination and, optionally, the Optometrist HWK examination as well.

Study Section 2
After successfully obtaining the title of Master, you will learn more about the scientific side of optometry at FH Aachen's Campus Jülich as well as at the Academy of Ophthalmic Optics (Akademie der Augenoptik). You will learn and research new topics related to optometry. You will gain advanced competences in the fields of optometry, ocular pathology, academic work, management, and many more. You will complete two industrial work placements and complete Study Section 2 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Both study sections can be studied either extra-occupationally or full-time. The study duration amounts to eight semesters. This is equivalent to approx. 2.5 years full-time or 4 years of extra-occupational studies.

  • Extra-occupational in the "Dual Course"
    Per academic year, approx. 15 - 18 weeks of compact face-to-face instruction, divided into three blocks of approx. five to six weeks. In the remaining seven to eight months, you can work practically and deepen your knowledge for your studies through eLearning.
  • Full-time in the "Full-time Course"
    12 months of face-to-face instruction per year with five face-to-face days per week (excluding holidays).

Advantages and Particularities

The modular structure of the study programme allows for a tailor-made course of study in accordance with your life situation. Compared to other optical study opportunities, the advantage also lies in the fact that the students either remain employed or complete work placements during the entire study period and thereby achieve an optimal interlinking of theory and practice.

Studying & Living

The shared campus life with a small number of students creates a strong sense of togetherness from which a large alumni network has been built and long-standing friendships have developed.







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