You can find answers to all questions concerning your application here:
1. Admission Requirements
The master program Strategic Design is consecutive. The study program will be a good fit for you if you have already completed a university program (Bachelor, certification, or other similar degree) as a designer, or in subjects related to media. In your bachelor studies, you should have earned 210 ECTS credits. For bachelor graduates from six-semester programs with 180 ECTS credits, they will have the possibility to make up the missing ECTS credits through participating in events and projects at the university before starting their first semester of the master.
2. Your Application Documents
We accept new students twice a year in all degree programs. You must
register and apply via our online application portal by May 15 or
November 15 (cut-off deadline). Please have the following documents
ready in digital form for your application:
- Official copy of your University Entrance Qualification
- Official copy of your professionally qualifyingUniversity Diploma
- Deregistration / Proof of completing your studies / Transcript of Records
- Passport photo
- Proof of vocational education, career or internship
- Your project sketches
- Chosen work samples
- optional letter of motivation (approx. 1 DIN-A4 page)
If you are applying with a foreign university diploma, we will need the following additional documents:
Proof of German proficiency (TestDaF 4 / DSH 2)
Recognition of your university entrance qualification or career-related diploma through the Studienkolleg Konstanz.
Applicants from China: certificate from the academic verifying authority (APS) from the Cultural Department of the German embassy in Peking
3. Project Outline
With your application in the online portal, you should also submit a project outline. This should be around 2 – 3 pages, a maximum of 500 words and can include pictures.
For this, choose a problem related to society that you would like to solve or address with the help of a design project. Prepare an accompanying project outline with contents that meet scientific standards. The chosen topic is only relevant for your application and is not required to be the topic of your master thesis. If you are applying for the second time, we ask you to please prepare a new project outline.
Explain the concept, the content, and design, scientific, or technical goals of the project. Name concrete application opportunities like potential uses, functionality, and target audiences.
Present which design or scientific methods you would use, and justify them with regard to your solution to the problem.
Content / Formal Implementation
Describe the planned or potential result of the product or project, especially the content and formal results.
Literature / Sources
Attach a works cited page to your outline to list all sources (literatures and / or online sources) that you used for the project outline.
4. Work Samples
Additionally, we would like to see some of your previous design work. The PDF document with your work samples should be no more than ten pages and 20 MB.
Please note: we will review the work via a digital screen, so please optimize your content accordingly. The work sample will not be printed out, so we do not need an additional printed portfolio sent via post.
The interview is the second part of the selection procedure. If you are invited to an interview, you will receive the invitation at least ten days in advance. Currently, we are only conducting the interviews digitally, so coming to the university in person is currently not required.
6. Online Application Portal
You can use this link to register on the university’s own portal during the application phase and then apply for a degree program of your choice. The application phases are always from the beginning of April to mid-May and from the beginning of October to mid-November.