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 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
(in the field of your specialisation)
- 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”. Two of them are offered in English as well. Over the course of the degree program you must take and successfully complete two of these courses:
- User Experience (engl./german)
- Interaction Engineering (engl./german)
- Dramatic Composition (german)
- Web Technologies (german)
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 (engl./german)
- Ethics of Technology and Science (engl./german)
- Project Engineering (engl./german)
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
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.
2 May – 15 June (degree program starts in October),
15 November – 15 December (degree program starts in March)
If you have obtained your Bachelor's degree outside Germany, please have this certified by a preliminary review documentation (VPD) at
For your attention:
The certification process may take a few weeks. Please plan accordingly.
In exceptional cases, the pre-examination document issued by Uni Assist can also be submitted after the application deadline, but it must be received no later than:
30 June or 31 December in order to be considered for the respective application period
Please register at
(Attention: Please find there the Language Button at the Bottom right corner)
After submitting your application online (step 1), please merge the following documents into ONE PDF
- Application form
- Tabular CV
- Certified copy of your degree certificate from your first degree (210 CP, where applicable 180 CP). If the graduation certificate is not yet available, please use the most recent grade summary available.
- if applicable: preliminary review documentation (VPD)
- letter of motivation(1 page A4)
please indicate your desired specialisation in IMS
- 5 work samples out of the recent 3 years
Please use the following syntax to name your PDF file
and upload it to
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.
Pertinent fields of Bachelor Degrees
• Communication design, multi media design
• Computer science, media informatics
• UX design, interactive media
Applicants with Bachelor degrees in areas other than mentioned above but related to interactive media (like industrial design), please provide appropriate documents to prove your skills in the field.
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.
All submitted documents will be evaluated in regard to the qualification for the chosen specialisation.
Applicants who meet the qualification will be invited to the assessment test.
The assessment test usually takes place in January for admission to the summer semester and in July for admission to the winter semester.
Applicants livingoutside of Germany may be granted the option to take the test with means of tele communication.
During the assessment test you will 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.
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“.
To successfully complete the study program Master IMS
the Language Level B2 (english or german) is necessary.
A confirmed German Language Level of A2 is compulsory
after one year of study at the latest.
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 present work samples as part of the aptitude test?
A: Work samples / portfolio assist us in clarifying your applicant profile during the interview.
which are expected in an applicant's portfolio.
A: The purpose of the portfolio is to better understand
your professional background and experience.
It is up to you to decide what kind of work documentation
(5 examples from the last 3 years) best demonstrates your skills.
Or will i be able to do it online?
A: For international applicants
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“.
For International students:
A confirmed German Language Level of A2 is requested
after one year of study at the latest.
In order to communicate effectively as a team member
sufficient proficiency of the English language (B2) is strongly recommended.
An official English language test is not requested.
A: Coding is welcome but not mandatory
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.: Augsburg University of Applied Sciences itself does not offer scholarships. Please do your own research to find the relevant opportunities, e.g. at the DAAD.
A: If you have obtained your Bachelor's degree outside Germany, please have this certified by a preliminary review documentation (VPD) at
A: The valid Bachelor's degree certificate must be available at the time of enrolment for the degree programme in Augsburg. For the application, please submit at least the official transcript of the Bachelor final semester.
180CP. As a prerequisite for admission to the Master's programme, 210 CPs already acquired are mentioned. What will be the requirements for me to be applicable for this
within one year of admission. You can do this by attending courses in the Interactive Media Bachelor
course at the HSA.
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.
Q: How many students does the Master take in?
A: The MA IMS course holds some 20+ students per semester. Demand varies with a slight upward trend.The most important thing is to decide on one of the focal points offered and to focus your application precisely on this. The submitted work examples in particular should illustrate the skills you bring with you.
Q: I have successfully passed the aptitude test but would like to start studying in a later semester? Do I have to apply again?
A: Passing the aptitude test entitles you to enrol for a period of 2 years. In purely formal terms, however, you still have to submit a new application for the intended semester. When submitting your application documents, please point out that you have already passed the aptitude test. You will then be admitted to the degree programme without having to take the aptitude test again.