The Diesterweg-Hochschule was founded in Berlin in 1922 as an initiative of the municipal school administration to set up a Werklehrer-Seminar. It was officially opened on May 1, 1924 under the direction of R. Frenkel. Its educational concept was based on the principles of the reform pedagogue Adolph Diesterweg. The aim was to provide the participants with a sound basis for the technically correct processing and design of various materials. The training was both theoretical and practical and was also intended to teach a sense for taste and aesthetics. For this purpose, the technical courses were given only by masters with artistic talent and pedagogical aptitude. Arnold Bode also taught the basic course "preliminary course: surface - room - colour - black and white" from 1930 to 1933. Currently the institution is supported by Diesterweg-Hochschule e.V. and offers apprenticeships, advanced and vocational training.