The three campuses of Trier University of Applied Sciences look back on a long and eventful history. In the 19th century, two institutions preceding the university, the Baugewerkeschule (School for Construction) and the Werkkunstschule (Art and Crafts School), were situated in the heart of Trier at the Paulusplatz and the Irminenfreihof - the locations of today's Campus for Design and Art. From 1830 onwards, the Baugewerkeschule was dedicated to the training of architects and civil engineers. The Werkkunstschule, in turn, established today's design faculty.
When the University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Palatinate was founded in 1971, the facilities that had emerged from the two preceding institutions were incorporated into this new university as the Trier Department. Due to the rapidly growing number of students, the two city locations were soon outgrown. In the winter of 1979/80, the move to the campus located above the rooftops of Trier at Schneidershof, today's Main Campus, was initiated.
In 1993, the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate made the forward-looking decision to establish the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld at Birkenfeld/Neubrücke as a new location of Trier University of Applied Sciences. Until 1992, the property of the Environmental Campus had served as a location for a reserve military hospital of the American armed forces in Germany. Reconstruction began in 1994, during which modern seminar rooms, lecture halls, laboratories, and a comprehensive infrastructure were gradually built. In the winter semester of 1996/97, the first students were able to commence their studies.
The three campuses shape the profile of the Trier University of Applied Sciences. This was taken into account with the introduction of a new coporate design in 2016. Based on the three-campuses-principle, a striking typographic word mark was designed. From each of the trippled letters two were removed, creating the eye-catching gap structure of the word mark. The intended message behind this design is to emphasise the Trier University of Applied Sciences' unity as ONE university despite its three campuses. Through the individual interplay of the various disciplines, this unity fashions a unique personality in the educational landscape.