Transformation Design (M.A.)
Masters of Arts
Design is more than simply designing items – from brochures and websites to chairs and sneakers. Design entails the shaping of social change processes, new life models and cultural practices. This is the focus of the Transformation Design Master program. This study program enables students to independently identify, reflect on and articulate socially relevant topics as designers. It will motivate you to come up with innovative solutions for social transformation, to implement them in design and to communicate them.
By connecting academic, analytic thinking with genuine aesthetic and experimental forms of cognition, you will learn to understand the complexity of modern society and reach differentiated, well-founded judgements and problem solutions.
In our Master program, we stand for and convey a problem-oriented, contextual, transdisciplinary and socially relevant understanding of design. We wish to support you in becoming a confident and reflective designer who wants to contribute to shaping the transformation of our society – in line with ecological, social and economic sustainability.
The study program consists of three sets of modules. In "Methods & Tools", you acquire a methodological framework both in practical, experimental workshops and in theoretical subjects (e.g. Change Management, Agile Management, Design Thinking, Service Design). The core lessons in "Design & Transformation" are practical, design project seminars whose alternating topics are explored in depth in corresponding theory modules and experience labs. The focus of "Research & Supervision" is your personal Master theses. You will work on a topic for your thesis in the first semester and complete your Master thesis on this subject in the third semester.
The Transformation Design Master program will not only qualify you for prominent activities in classic design fields, but also opens up new career fields for designers: Instructive communication design, process and innovation management, design of transformation processes in NGOs, public welfare-oriented companies, corporate social responsibility and sustainability departments in companies, consulting agencies and in the public sector, all the way to interface management between business, society and culture. Furthermore, this Master program satisfies the requirements for a PhD and an academic career in teaching and research.
Application procedure and admission test
Admission to the program is through an application procedure with admission test. The admission procedure takes place between May 2 and June 15 for the winter semester and between November 15 and December 15 for the summer semester.
Please note that you also need to register on the University's administration server:
Upload your application documents in one PDF file with a maximum size of 30 MB here between November 15 and December 15 inclusive respectively between May 2 and June 15 inclusive::
The PDF must contain the following admission documents:
- Letter of motivation in which you explain your personal interest in social transformation processes and in the Transformation Design Master program
- Presentation of your proposed Master thesis topic (please explain on 1-2 pages which thematic focus you would like to deal with in your personal Master project)
- Portfolio with selected pieces of your own work
Please use the following structure for the file name of the PDF:
Please do not include videos in the PDF portfolio. You can provide download or streaming links to videos created online in your portfolio.
The decision on your admission to the oral exam (colloquium) will be made based on your submitted application documents. You will be informed in good time whether the colloquium will take place as video meeting or at the University. The colloquium takes place at the end of January/beginning of February or the beginning/middle of July.
Applicants who obtained their university entrance qualification abroad do not need to have this recognized by Uni-Assist (www.uni-assist.de/en).
Qualification requirements for admission to the Transformation Design Master program are:
- A third-level study course completed at a state-recognized third-level institution with at least 210 credit points in a design-oriented, media-related or artistic subject. Graduates with degrees from other disciplines can also be admitted by decision of the examination board if they have had at least one year of professional experience in the field of communication design.
- Passing of a procedure to determine suitability for the specific study program (see "Application procedure and admission test" above).
Applicants with a degree with fewer than 210 credit points but at least 180 credit points can be admitted to the procedure to determine suitability for the specific study program. After passing the procedure, they need to obtain the difference to the required 210 credit points through post-qualification within the first year of registration in the Master program.
Study advice for prospective students
If you have questions on the study program, the admission procedure or on career prospects that you would like to discuss in person, please contact the program coordinator to arrange an individual consultation.
+49 821 5586-3449
Head of Examination Board
+49 821 5586-3424