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Innovation Design Management, MA*

In its study from October 2018, the global consulting firm McKinsey, demonstrated that companies who regard design and the employment of creativity as principal drivers in their value-generation outperform industry-benchmark growth by as much as two to one.

Comprehensive disruption through digitisation, changing marketplaces, and consumer behaviour have created a new professional playing field between creative design, business strategy, and IT development. Innovation-centered companies increasingly look for managers who understand how to use design as a prominent driving factor behind business decisions and how to incorporate right-brain-thinking and an artistic attitude in business, as strategic assets in the generation of innovation and sustainable consumer-value, and in the transformation of a companies’ organisation and vision.

* Accreditation in preparation due to new master reform.

 

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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September 2021/22

· Summer semester: March 2022

· 2, 3 or 4 Semesters

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English

Degree
Degree

Master of Arts

Tuition fee
Tuition fee

EU applicants: 11,988 € yearly Non-EU applicants: 13,188 € yearly

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Credits
Credits

Fast Track: 120 ECTS

Prior Knowledge: 60 or 90 ECTS

*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

· Individual development

· Small learning groups

· Creative freedom

Campus
Campus

UE Innovation Hub

Special: RCA Module
Special: RCA Module

Designing Services and Products with Artificial Intelligence

Module by the Royal College of Art Course as part of the Wintersemester 2021

no additional costs apply for UE students

Benefits

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.

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.

“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.”

– Phil Knight.

The programme - courses and projects

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Innovation Design Management is welcoming international and national applicants majoring in all economics- or design-related subjects. In this programme, you will have the unique chance to acquire deep knowledge of how leading companies employ design to create innovative and more meaningful products, establish corporate culture and deliver sustainable customer value.

Career options with a degree in Innovation Design Management

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More and more companies are understanding the substantial value that design can bring to them:

  • - Design creates meaningful products and better development processes
  • - Disruptive or radical innovations require new development processes
  • - Design gives a conceptual dimension to idea-finding and concept-development
  • - Design is a human-centered activity

Therefore, the market needs experts who have a strong standing in design and in business and who can successfully organise design both as strategy and as process. This persona is at the core of the master’s programme Innovation Design Management.

Typical areas of work include leading positions could be (e.g.): Design Development & Management, Design Research & Strategy, Corporate Culture & Strategic Brand Management, New Business Development and Product & Innovation Management

“... the problem-solving virtuosity that are necessary to operate in the 21st century.”

– Dennis Hambeukers, Design Strategist

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 bachelor funding.

How to apply

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1. Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
2. Upload the relevant certified documents.
3. Interview stage: it can take place at our campus, or via telephone or video conference (e.g., Skype).

4. Your portfolio: 

  • min. 4 samples, max. 8 samples from previous projects during studies or job
  • Motivation letter: Please make sure to clearly demonstrate your motivation for entering the program “M.A. Innovation Design Management”. Your paper should contain about 750 words 

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.

Find out more about the entire application process. You can apply a year in advance for your desired starting semester.

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

This master programme “Innovation Design Management” is positioned right at the intersection of design and business. It wants to shape individuals who accept these complex, fast-paced challenges and who take an integrated approach with strategies that combine the best of design, business, and technology. This is, among others, accomplished through a range of intense project activities that will be held in close cooperation with leading industry professionals and actual enterprises who face these very challenges.

Exclusive: Cooperation with Royal College of Art for winter semester 2021

Starting from the winter semester 2021, all new students enrolling into MA Innovation Design Management at UE will be able to integrate their main degree programme with the Designing Services & Products with Artificial Intelligence course from Royal College of Art (RCA), with no additional fees. This course is taught by esteemed RCA professors and teaches students the most important design principles to develop AI products and services. UE students will be working on their own individual project to get an understanding of how to work with AI. After finishing the course, UE students will receive a certificate and will be best prepared to work in practice.

 

Get more information on Designing Services & Products with Artificial Intelligence here.

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Innovation Design Management MA

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