The degree program
Graduates of the master degree program Interactive Media Systems will be qualified to take on a prominent role in the design, development and execution of interactive media-based systems.
The course of studies enables students to find solutions to complex design-based and information-related issues and provides them with team-working skills.
The course of studies
The degree program has been conceived as a non-consecutive three-semester master degree program.
It is aimed at graduates of degree programs in the fields of media informatics, media and communication design or comparable degree programs as well as at university graduates with relevant professional experience in the field of interactive media.
We are currently offering these specialisations in English:
You must specify a specialisation subject in the letter of motivation that you enclose with your application. Your assessment test will be based on the specialisation subject you choose.
The conception of this master degree program has its basis in the increasing demand for young specialists and prospective managers in the intersecting fields of interactive media design, information processing and human-machine interaction.
To an extent greater than almost any other field, developments in this line of work are characterised by consistent technological advancement.
Digitisation and convergence not to mention interactivity and mobility of media are visible manifestations of this process of change and are, so to speak, a catalyst for the development of new growth markets that feature new products and services for consumers and users.
Application Process / FAQs
2 May – 15 June (degree program starts in October),
15 November – 15 December (degree program starts in March)
Applications must be submitted to the Student Office:
Information regarding applications
Admission requirements: Applicants must hold a bachelor degree in a pertinent field of study and be able to provide evidence of above-average results (at least 210 CP; a post-qualification may be possible for those with at least 180 credit points). Applicants must also pass an assessment test.
Applicants must go through an application process and sit an assessment test to gain admission to the degree program.
Firstly, submit your application online and then send the following documents to the Student Office by post:
- Application form
- Tabular CV
- Certified copy of your degree certificate from your first degree (210 CP, where applicable 180 CP)
- Informal memorandum of understanding (approx. 2000 characters) with clarification of your reasons for choosing this program and your preferred specialisation subject
You will only be permitted to sit the assessment test if your application is formally complete and has been submitted on time. Decisions regarding admission are made by the relevant Examination Board.
Those applicants who are permitted to sit the assessment test will be formally invited to do so by the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg.
The assessment test usually takes place in January for admission to the summer semester and in July for admission to the winter semester.
Please bring work samples with you to the assessment test as these will be evaluated as part of a one-to-one oral examination.
During the assessment test you will also work on an examination task whose content is based on your chosen specialisation subject.
You will receive the results of the assessment test in writing within around two weeks.
To successfully complete the study program Master IMS
the Language Level B2 is required.
Student advisory service
We offer a student advisory service on campus should you have any specific questions.
Frequently asked questions
Q:How can I prepare for the assessment test?
A:During the assessment test you will be asked to work on a task that is based on your chosen specialisation subject - either in writing or using your sketching skills.
We also carry out interviews with all applicants lasting around 20 minutes. The purpose of the interview is to get to know you, to enable us to categorise your existing practical expertise and skills with regard to the degree program you would like to study and to gain an understanding of the objectives you have in relation to the degree program.
There isn’t much you can do to prepare for this.
We do, however, expect you to have kept up to date with current developments and trends in the professional environment.
Q:I am supposed to bring work samples with me in a presentable format. What does that mean?
A:Work samples assist us in clarifying your applicant profile during the interview.
With this in mind, you should bring everything you need to enable us to get started straight away without any technical preparation, i.e. bring your work either as print-outs or as locally stored files on your own laptop (without internet access).
Q.: Which language Level is requested in order to be accepted to MA IMS?
How do I have to prove it?
A.: It is possible to study the MA course Interactive Media Systems in English or German. To see details about which subjects are offered in English please refer to „structure“.
In general we expect a language level equivalent to B2.
A.: In Germany higher education in general is free.
Nevertheless there are some semester fees applicable.
The exact amount may vary over the years in a range between 120 - 200 € per semester.
A:Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg concerning recognition and classification of your degree (CPs)
Q:I have passed the assessment test but I am thinking about starting the degree program at a later date. Is that possible?
A:If you pass the assessment test then you are allowed to start the degree program within a period of 2 years. You can determine the start date of the degree program yourself by enrolling in the first semester of the MA program.
Q:I am already in employment and I am reluctant to give that up. Is it possible to follow the MA degree program in a part-time format and increase the number of semesters required to complete it?
A:The course of studies has been conceived as a full-time degree program. Taking a different approach to the structuring of the degree program would be at your own discretion. We have not developed any specific approaches in this regard.
The normal duration of studies is three semesters.
The maximum duration of studies is 5 semesters.
The course of studies is broken down into four areas:
- Master project
- Core subjects
- Workshops and seminars
- General accompanying subjects
The master project is the focal point of the degree program. In the first two semesters you will spend 50% of your time working on the master project. In the third semester you will spend as much as five sixths of your time working on the master project. You can choose from different specialisation subjects.
In the “Core Subjects” module we run four courses from the field of “Interactive Media Systems”. Over the course of the degree program you must take and successfully complete two of these courses:
- User Experience
- Interaction Engineering
- Dramatic Composition
- Web Technologies
In addition to the master projects and core subjects, we run workshops and seminars on specific topics in each semester. Depending on the scope of the individual courses, you must attend two to four workshops and/or seminars over the course of the degree program.
In addition to the subject-specific courses, there are three other general science courses that you must complete over the course of the degree program:
- Founding and Managing Companies
- Ethics of Technology and Science
- Project Engineering
The syllabus has its basis in the following legal regulations:
Study and Examination Regulations for the degree program IMS
General Exam Regulations of the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg
General Exam Regulations for Universities of Applied Science
Bavarian Higher Education Act