As early as 1791, the Freye Handwerksschule for apprentices - the so-called "Drawing School" - was founded as the oldest predecessor institution of the Hochschule Hannover - University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Since autumn 2001, the Kurt-Schwitters-Forum has been established at the Expo Plaza. It is made up of the Faculty III – Media, Information and Design as well as the Cultural Archive of the Hochschule Hannover - University of Applied Sciences and Arts and facilities of the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media).
In Faculty III, whose predecessor was certified in September 2001 as the first faculty in Lower Saxony, the Journalism course, which is unique at universities of applied sciences nationwide, and the Public Relations course, which was unique nationwide at the time, have been offered since the winter semester 1999/2000.
In a unique way, Faculty III combines media-oriented content and current information technologies.
Since January 2011, the university has also been housed in the former Bertelsmann Pavilion and Planet M: Planet M, now with state-of-the-art media equipment, symbolises the university's future orientation as well as its status as an innovative place of knowledge in the regional and international context.