Where do you want to master.design?

Design connects people and disciplines, inspires and generates new ideas. Design promotes exchange, is a platform for collaboration and plays a key role in the sustainable transformation of the economy and society.

Interdisciplinary thinking overcomes boundaries, creates new perspectives and drives innovative and forward-looking solutions. Design-led innovation integrates design, technology, sustainability and collaboration to offer users added value.

Our Master’s programme teaches innovation skills through practical experience and a lively development process in a creative environment of design excellence.

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Master’s project and mentor freely selectable

The master’s project and the choice of mentor are freely selectable. Throughout your master’s degree, you have the opportunity to delve deeply into a project topic. You apply to a mentor in a topic area (LINK: fields of study) without having to define your own topic in advance. However, it is also possible to suggest an individual master’s topic. The joint development of the master’s topic with the mentor takes place in the first semester in the subject “Master’s Project: Orientation”.

The Master’s project also forms the topic of the respective Master’s thesis, which documents the results and the course of the project. As a Master’s student, you can work intensively on a Master’s project topic throughout your entire degree programme and develop a clear profile in the process. We promote “research-based learning”, which not only strengthens your professional expertise, but also your ability to work independently on complex design projects.

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 “integrated design processes (idp)”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 (iaad)” 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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