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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.

 

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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 Tracks (90 & 60 ECTS) study options. 

 

from € 748 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 Tracks (90 and 60 ECTS) study options available.

 

from € 13,188 yearly

 

Benefit from our current Early Bird Discount and save up to 17% 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

English

Degree
Degree

Master of Arts

Credits
Credits

Standard: 120 ECTS

Fast-Track: 60 or 90 ECTS

Duration
Duration

2, 3 or 4 semesters

Highlights
Highlights

· Individual development

· Small learning groups

· Creative freedom

Campus
Campus

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Innovation Design Management at a glance

Our Master's programme Innovation Design Management is positioned right at the intersection of design and business. It aims to shape individuals who accept these complex and fast-paced challenges. The study programme contains an integrated approach with strategies that combine the best of design, business, and technology. Our students will experience 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 regularly.

 

According to Forrester Research (2021), the leading question in innovation-oriented organizations is how to create an organizational culture of innovation and change. Therefore, innovation-driven job markets urgently seek talents with strong skills in interdisciplinarity, innovation and creative problem-solving. The MA Innovation Design Management is one of the most cutting-edge management programmes today, and it precisely caters to this demand! The 2020 Job Outlook Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) lists the top attributes that employers seek on a candidate’s resume. The programme prepares young professionals for the future:

 

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Analytical/quantitative skills

What is the MA Innovation Design Management?

… the first management programme in an Art & Design faculty – worldwide!
… providing students with tools for helping organizations become more adaptable, innovative and creative.
… accepting students from different academic background

What is the MA Innovation Design Management NOT?

… teaching students how to become a designer.
… teaching students how to master design-software.
… requiring applicants to have specific design-knowledge

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 a strategy and as a 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.

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Learning from the best

In the MA Innovation Design Management 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

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.

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Study internationally

The state-recognised Innovation Design Management 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 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.

 

 

Why you should study Innovation Design Management at UE

Get to know Prof. Dr. Johannes Kiessler, Head of the Innovation Design Management programme at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences and watch a short video of our collaboration with the Royal College of Arts (RCA) London.

Why you should study Innovation Design Management at UE

Get to know Prof. Dr. Johannes Kiessler, Head of the Innovation Design Management programme at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences and watch a short video of our collaboration with the Royal College of Arts (RCA) London.

Apply now for your Innovation Design Management 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.

Applicants with a background in Art & Design

  • are requested to submit a portfolio with up to 8 samples of their best and most recent work. In addition to the usual application documents such as proof of study, professional certificates and proof of English proficiency, applicants must also submit a paper* with answers to four IDM-specific questions.

Applicants without a background in Art & Design

  • are not requested to submit a portfolio with work samples. In addition to the usual application documents such as proof of study, professional certificates and proof of English proficiency, applicants must submit a paper* with answers to four IDM-specific questions

 

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.

240 ECTS for the fast track

The 2 semester-programme is suitable for all applicants with 4 year bachelor's.

 

210 ECTS for the 3-semester programme

The 3 semester-programme is suitable for all applicants with 3.5. year bachelor's.

 

180 ECTS for the 4-semester programme

The 4 semester-programme is suitable for all applicants with regular 3-year bachelor's.

• Proof of English proficiency (IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 72-79)
• Letter of Motivation (answer to 4 specific questions)
• Certificates about eventual previous work experience
• Applicants with prior degrees in design-related subjects must present a portfolio with up to 8 work samples.
• Admission interview (on request)
• In some cases an admission test might be required (written and oral).

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.

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