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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.

The MA in Communication Design 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).

 

 

*Accreditation in progress

 

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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

Winter semester: September

Summer semester: March

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English

Degree
Degree

Master of Arts

Tuition fee
Tuition fee

EU applicants: from 11,400 € yearly

Non-EU applicants: from 12,600€ yearly

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Credits
Credits

90 or 120 ECTS

 

Duration
Duration

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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Highlights
Highlights

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

· Individual development and small learning groups

Campus
Campus

Berlin

Benefits

Courses and projects

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In the course, 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.

Design challenges exist at the level of systems and involve elements and effects in ever-changing relationships.

– AIGA DESIGNER report draft 8/21/17: Why design education should pay attention to trends

Career options

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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.

What makes it outstanding to study at UE?

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The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) is state accredited and has received multiple awards. 

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.

Tuition fees and funding

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As a private university, our fees are worth it: UE will help you set them apart from the graduates of many public universities. Your employment and earnings prospects are greatly improved. 

We are happy to provide you with information on funding your studies and on any available scholarships. If you have any further questions, our Student Admissions Office can provide you with detailed information. Find out useful information on master funding.

Studying at UE in Germany

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We put emphasis on internationality. That is why we were ranked among the top 25 performers in student mobility and international orientation worldwide (U-Multirank 2016). Our numerous international students come from all over the world to pursue a highly valued (state and ZEvA recognised) German degree that is entirely taught in English.

Germany, known as the country of innovators, is the perfect place to get your degree. Germany is a particularly safe and livable country with relatively low tuition fees and affordable living costs. Furthermore, Berlin is known as Europe's creative capital, magnet for artists, and "place to be" for designers.

How to apply

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Please complete our online application form in its entirety.

Letter of motivation (at least 500 words) or a portfolio (only as a graduate of the Design Department)

  • Bachelor graduates of the subject area Art & Design are admitted to the programme. Graduates of other fields of study in the areas of economics, humanities, cultural and media studies as well as programmes that combine design and computer science, such as media informatics, can be admitted to the programme if they have at least 30 ECTS in the areas of fundamentals of design, visual communication, marketing or acquire these in a preceding bridging semester.

Interview through Skype. It takes about 30 - 45 minutes. A general discussion about your motivation.

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. Students who are currently completing their bachelor’s degree can also apply. Please refer to our admission requirements for more information.

The programme is taught in small class sizes and delivered by industry experts who have extensive experience in their fields. Students on our degree programme benefit from our university's extensive range of laboratories and studios, our library and the Arsenal, as well as various working and learning spaces.

 

Our modern, centrally located Berlin campus is a meeting place for students from over 60 countries. Famous for its lively arts scene, in recent years, Berlin has also become one of Europe’s most important start-up capitals. 

 

The MA in Communication Design is the ideal next step for students who have studied a BA programme in art and design who 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).

Collaboration Partners

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

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

Benefit from the UE Master's Reform

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 60, 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.

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Learn more about the UE Job promise

Learn more about the UE Job promise

Getting the job you really want can be challenging since the requirements and skills to start your career are increasing rapidly. At UE, it’s our mission to support you all along the way to start the career of your choice. 

 

The UE Job Promise is a unique offering applicable to programmes we believe are highly sought after in the international job market. We are offering you a free top-up Master's programme*,  if you can't find a job within 12 months after graduation. We recommend you to speak with your personal study advisor to get more details about this exclusive UE opportunity.

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