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Communication Design, MA

The Master's programme in Communication Design at UE merges theory and practice in order to strengthen knowledge and skill set, as well as hone the ability to develop relevant solutions and an advanced design process. The programme promotes creative design skills, knowledge of the theories and history of art & design, the ability to critically analyse contemporary phenomena, and the practical understanding of both analogue and digital media implementation.

The degree programme combines the fields of art and design with culture and the humanities. Social, economic, political, and institutional issues are addressed and reflected upon using a wide range of academic discourses that support and enhance the design process. This enables graduates to actively participate in the development and shaping of globally interconnected cultures, manifesting the importance of the designer’s role in the global community.

Our Communication Design MA is the ideal next step for students who have completed a BA programme in Art & Design and wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge to open up new perspectives. The degree paves the way for careers in both the classic professional profiles of art & design, as well as in new and emerging fields for communication designers in the 21st century. It is also ideal for students with a background in business, humanities, cultural studies, media studies and Science and Technology Studies (STS).


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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

Winter semester: September

Summer semester: March

Tuition fees | EU applicants
Tuition fees | EU applicants

Standard Track (120 ECTS) and Fast Track (90 ECTS) study options. 


from € 925 monthly 


Save an additional 10% each month with our IT contribution discount. (T&C's apply)


Please find out more about our fees, discounts and how you can fund your studies. 

Tuition Fees | Non-EU applicants
Tuition Fees | Non-EU applicants

Standard Track (120 ECTS) and Fast Track (90 ECTS) study options available.


from € 17,502 yearly


Benefit from our current Early Bird Discount and save up to 13% on the full tuition fee.


Please find out more about our fees, discounts and how you can fund your studies.

Language of instruction
Language of instruction



Master of Arts


3 or 4 semesters

*Important note: There is no guarantee that classroom teaching will be possible throughout the semester due to COVID-19.

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· Diversity of fellow students, by opening up the programme to theory and culture-based Bachelor's degrees

· Individual development and small learning groups



MA Communciation Design at a glance

In the Communication Design master’s programme we place particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches. These disciplines range from the design of speculative scenarios to the promotional use of drone displays, from storytelling to theory building, from the initiation of design processes to their successful realisation in institutional and economic contexts. The aim is to train creative personalities who can build communicative processes in political, economic, scientific and social contexts on a local or global level.

The core focus in the first and second semesters of the course will revolve around historical developments of art and design, up to the present day. You will assess visual communication in philosophical, economic and social discourses and delve into the organisation of work in the digital economies. Practical tasks are set for these modules.


The third semester will look at contemporary art and design discourses with a special focus on design theory and the question of the autonomy of design as a knowledge culture. Further topics include cultural and transcultural studies as well as ethics.

A wide variety of theoretical approaches are presented in order to be able to recognise and navigate cultural and ethical challenges associated with globalisation and digitalisation. To this end, students will develop their own practical projects (Capstone Project) and demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge with a final thesis.

Graduates take on a variety of roles in contemporary design around the world. They will graduate with the skills for the following professions or industries, among others: Creative Director, Design Studio Founder, Researcher, Entrepreneur, Cultural Manager, Project Manager, Lecturer, Senior Designer, Curator, Museum Assistant, Public Relations Worker, Marketing Manager, UX Designer, Publishing Editor and Artist.


The degree category Master of Arts allows students to pursue an academic career path, including doctorate and postdoctorate qualifications.

Our university focuses on your development. That's why we teach in small learning groups and in a friendly and personal atmosphere. We’ll oversee your individual development process and help you define your talents and strengths, while helping you develop your own visual signature. You will be taught by renowned lecturers from the creative industry and study at a campus that is centrally located, equipped with the latest technology (photo studio, VR equipment, print & scan lab, MacPools, etc.) and that is known for its international and English-speaking character.


At the UE you even get the possibilty to actively shape your studies and your career path. Depending on your personal career goals, you will select your own specialisations and choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects. The programmes taught at our university also include practical projects with top partners from the creative industry, field trips and workshops, which will prepare you perfectly for your dream job.

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Learning from the best

In the M.A. Communication Design you always learn in small groups with a seminar character. Our lecturers are internationally successful and well-known experts in their field and not only impart important knowledge, but also support you individually during your studies.

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Your individual path

Whether excursions, specialisation modules or collaboration projects with partners - our interdisciplinary and practically oriented study subjects allow you to tailor your studies entirely to your personal interests, preferences and strengths.

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Study internationally

The state-recognised Communication Design degree programme at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences is available in English - our university has several international campuses and welcomes students from over 100 nations.

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Modern teaching

Practical experience is essential - that's why we offer the optimal framework conditions for all degree programmes. Take advantage of the MacPools, various studios and VR equipment for your projects and prepare yourself optimally for your future professional life.

More flexible, more interdisciplinary, and more practice-oriented - the new Master's programmes make the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) even more attractive! Students of selected MA programmes at UE have the choice of a Master's degree in 90 or 120 ECTS which gives them full flexibility. Students can apply for one of the three options depending on the education they've already achieved and how many ECTS they've already accumulated in their previous Bachelor's (or Master's) courses. Practical experience will also be taken under consideration. 


Learn more about the UE Master's Reform.



Why to choose the Communication Design MA at UE?

Hear from Professor Christoph Büch, Programme Director of Communication Design, as he gives an overview of our new Master's at the UE in Berlin.

Apply now for your Communication Design studies! The application deadlines end shortly before the start of each semester, so you can also start at UE at short notice. However, you can apply up to one year in advance - simply fill out our application form online.

The MA in Communication Design is the ideal next step for students who have studied a BA programme in art and design and want to further their knowledge in the field. It is also ideal for students of business, humanities, cultural and media studies as well as Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Please prepare a Letter of motivation (at least 500 words). A portfolio is welcome but not required.


Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided in which of our degree programmes you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programmes at a later time if desired.

UE is awarding scholarships for young talents in the field of art & design at our Hamburg and Berlin locations every semester. Apply for the Creative Minds Scholarship - not only will you secure financial benefits for your Master's degree, but you will also lay the first foundation for your future career.


Get more information and access to the application form here.

As a private university, the University of Europe for Applied Sciences offers above-average services for its students - from state-of-the-art technical equipment and internationally renowned teaching staff to a comprehensive range of practical projects. Only in this way can we optimally prepare you for your next career steps.


However, this also means that our tuition fees differ from those of public universities. In addition to our scholarships, we offer students other options for financing their Design studies. You can find more important information on our website about tuition fees and financing, and our student advisory service will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Collaboration Partners

Gain access to internships and real- life projects in a range of leading companies and cultural institutions.

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Gain access to internships and real- life projects in a range of leading companies and cultural institutions.

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