Where do you want to master.design?

Design connects people and different disciplines. Design is inspiring, creates new ideas and perspectives together. Design is a platform for collaboration and promotes exchange. Design plays a key role in achieving the necessary sustainable, economic and social transformation.

Interdisciplinary and holistic thinking is the ability to overcome one’s own limitations. This enables new perspectives and forward-looking paths in the development of more sustainable products and services as well as new buildings and their spaces. In solving complex problems, design is the central factor for innovation. DESIGNORIENTED INNOVATION goes beyond pure design to include other aspects such as technology, sustainability and collaboration. It is about crossing the boundaries between disciplines and forming interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that add value to users.

The need for change and innovation therefore unites different disciplines and helps to create new perspectives. In the Master Design you acquire innovation competence – very close to practice. Today more than ever, being innovative requires the ability to master complex processes. You will learn about design as a living development process in a stimulating environment of creativity and excellence.

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Master project freely selectable

You are free to choose your specialization topic and work intensively on it over three semesters. For this purpose, you define a so-called research or focus project, which you will work on during the first semester in the context of an internship in a business or cultural institution. This project will also be the focus of the Master Design and ends with the Master Thesis.

Individual timetable

You choose your personal study program from a wide range of teaching and research opportunities. A wide variety of additional courses complements the specialization in your field of study. These include lectures and seminars on topics such as “Innovation and Project Management”, “Marketing and Communication” or “Social Space Solutions”.

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Experts Network

Designers from Coburg, enjoy an excellent reputation in the economy and professional world. We maintain an intensive exchange with companies, design offices and cultural institutions across the globe. Numerous cooperation projects during your studies will make your career entry easier later on.

Interdisciplinary teamwork

An interdisciplinary design process leads to entirely new design solutions. That’s why you also intensively research the technical, economic, ecological, social or psychological factors that determine your master project. The Faculty of Design at Coburg University of Applied Sciences comprises the three disciplines of product design, architecture and interior design. There is a lively exchange between these subjects. Thus, a creative environment awaits you, even beyond your area of expertise.

Mentoring Model

We learn most from other people – from experts in their field. That’s why a mentor will closely support you. Our mentors supervise your focus project from the first semester up to the master thesis. You can work on both practical and research-oriented topics.

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Shaping the future

The way we shape our environment has a direct impact on our quality of life. Our Master’s program trains designers who have a desire to shape the future. Social, humane and environmentally friendly design that is at the forefront of technology and can also survive in the marketplace – in this sense, we continue to develop our disciplines.


You have the opportunity with us to learn how to design with the DESIGNPILOT. It is a web-based design innovation method that supports people in interdisciplinary product development processes. It enables creative, user-centered and innovative approaches, creates competence for problem solving and thus offers novel perspectives for innovation processes.

The DESIGNPILOT is a web-based application platform developed at Coburg University of Applied Sciences for implementing design methods in interdisciplinary and strategic development processes. It is also a digital “co-working platform”.

The design process is structured in eight phases in a TOOLBOX, 180 tools and 77 creative techniques are available.


Two fields of study

integrated design processes (idp)

The contents of the study focus are based on the current and future tasks of planning, drafting and design in the professional fields of design and the cooperation with related disciplines. You will learn dialogue and teamwork skills in interdisciplinary development and design processes. The goal is holistic design education. Students are familiarized with different perspectives, images of man and methods in design. They learn to apply the design process to complex problems and topics.

interior architecture & architectural design (iaad)

Architects and interior designers who are also aware of their social responsibility and who want to put people at the centre of their work can deepen their training in Coburg. Also, artistic or technical focuses can be chosen. The emphasis on interior architecture & architectural design has a high practical relevance. It qualifies students in special subject areas ranging from interdisciplinary design processes in space and future management tasks to self-employment.

Campus Design

The Campus was completed in 2012. It complements the historic old building and makes our Design Campus complete. It is the home for the study programs Integrated Product Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Energy Efficient Building Design with a total of over 900 students.

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