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Master > Design

The aim of study in the department »Design« is a well-founded design-orientated research, development and design praxis which emphasises artistic, experimental and innovative processes alongside known and established techniques of design. Building consecutively on the Bachelor study programme, the Master study programme is structured around students’ independent artistic research projects with the aim of promoting further development and specialising of a personal design profile and discovering and establishing significant unique selling points for the future designers. 

The Master study programme is characterised by the individual development of ways of posing questions and approaching problems as well as the undertaking of complex projects and plans for artistic work. All departments of the University of Fine Arts will be at students’ disposal, enabling an interdisciplinary context for study which goes far beyond the usual generally available content of a course of study in design. The Master study programme offers students a platform for extending their individual artistic ideas and abilities and expanding their ability to critically analyse theoretical and practical questions involving art and design throughout history and in the present day. Students should be able to expand their technical, design-specific, aesthetic and theoretical knowledge and learn to carry out artistic research projects largely under their own guidance.

Students’ individual positions as designers will be strengthened by the interplay between practical and conceptual work. The core area of the study programme is the praxis of design, comprising conception, drafting and realisation. Parallel to this, the sophisticated equipment of the HFBK’s workshops offers an excellent infrastructure for experimental research of forms and materials. Engagement with cultural sciences, design theory and design history enables postgraduates to find their own position not only in the existing creative working areas associated with design, but also in more forward-looking, innovative branches and occupational areas. Guest lectures, collaborations and excursions, planned so as to be relevant to present studies, provide further supplementary impetus for study. Aside from the annual exhibition, a presentation by students of their own research projects to a University audience at the end of each semester offers the opportunity to, for instance, discuss questions of project presentation and reception.    



Studio Experimentelles Design, »Public Design Support«, 2013
Studio Experimentelles Design, »Public Design Support«, 2013