Study Design Management (M.A.)

Design Management (M.A.) - Creativity meets management expertise 

Do you want to create, manage and lead design process-driven organisations? Design thinking is at the core of this programme. It is practised in interdisciplinary teams and applied to real time projects with the industry where design and management merge into innovation.
 
In creative professions, the demand for management knowledge and qualifications has risen sharply in recent years. The Master’s course in Design Management is aimed primarily at designers who wish to apply a comprehensive understanding of design to real tasks and processes.

Ideal professionals distinguish themselves through broad expertise and in-­depth knowledge. Therefore, applicants from a completely different background are welcome, be they engineers, natural scientists or creative people. 
During their studies, the Master’s degree students learn to adopt a management and design perspective – in short, they foster innovations through “Design Thinking”. Design Thinking describes a method used to create innovative solutions and solve complex problems. 

Basically, it is all about creative but systematic processes. Key ingredients are optimism and empathy, experimentation and holistic thinking. Within interdisciplinary teams, Master’s degree students develop solutions to problems in the area of design, be they in relation to strategy design, service design or human­centred design.
 

Your competencies after the M.A. in Design Management

During your studies, you will learn to develop creative ideas, lead project teams to implement them and deliver innovative solutions that are intuitive and user-friendly. Beyond professional competencies, at the Macromedia University, we ensure that you develop the ability to work scientifically and apply proven methods to solve problems and design new solutions. 
On top of comprehensive knowledge on various design topics, you will develop sound management and communication skills which enable you to succeed in dynamic interdisciplinary contexts. In the end, you are fully prepared for management positions at the intersection of creative and business domains and beyond.

All these competencies are taught in practice, courses, lectures and case studies. During your master thesis, you will be able to apply your knowledge and discover new insights on the topic of your choice. Students in the Master’s programme in Design Management can work on study projects in the following areas:

  • Theories of management and management
  • Ethics and corporate values
  • Media Management and Law
  • Design theory
  • Project management and project controlling
  • Design methods, models and theories
  • Linear models and interactive design
  • Leadership and self-management
  • User Experience Design and Design Systems


Interested? Download the programme brochure.

You can also start your online application now. 

Career prospects

With the Master's degree in Design Management (M.A.), you are qualified for numerous opportunities for your career advancement. Your potential employers are companies and agencies in design-oriented areas such as advertising, fashion, publishing, media or architecture. Some examples of interesting professional roles for you are the following:
  • Design manager
  • Project managers in design departments in diverse companies
  • Service manager
  • Brand manager
 
Want to learn more about your future prospects? Let our alumni inspire you with their exciting career stories


Admission requirements and pre-semester

1. University/B.A. degree with at least 210 ECTS
If you have only 180 ECTS, we offer you the option of obtaining the required extra 30 ECTS in a Pre-Semester course which you can complete in one of the following ways:
  • Attendance based pre-semester: This is an on-campus course that starts in the winter semester to ensure that you can join the master’s programme in the summer semester without any difficulty.
  • Online Pre-Semester: You can take the online pre-semester course in parallel with the first semester of your master’s course in the summer semester.

2. English language proficiency
TOEFL test with at least 72 out of 120 points or IELTS with at least 6.0 out of 9 is required. Equivalent qualifications may also be accepted, as applicable. For more information, see how to apply.

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EXPERIENCE THE DIGITAL WORLD

The latest equipment in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Drones and 360 degrees cameras are available for practice at Macromedia.

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DESIGN THINKING

Smart Innovation: Connecting design to strategy. Together with the renowned Design Management Institute (DMI), Macromedia hosted an international conference.

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PROJECT WITH BOSCH SECURITY SYSTEMS

Our master students worked with BOSCH Security Systems on a project for product innovations in the context of the IoT (Internet of Things).

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WEBINAR: DESIGN MANAGEMENT

Prof. Oliver Szasz explains design management in the context of innovation and introduces the Design Management M.A. programme.

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WELCOME TO BERLIN

Find out what the Macromedia community in Berlin has to say about living and studying in Berlin. (1:15 min)

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PROJECTS WITH PRACTICE PARTNERS

Cooperation with industry is at the core of our teaching. Get a few glimpses of some exciting projects our students have worked on. (2:05 min)

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MACROMEDIA AS A UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Find out how being a University of Applied Sciences shapes the teaching at the Macromedia University. (2:53 min)

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Your benefits at Macromedia University

  • Top position in CHE Ranking 2014/15*
  • Small classes with intensive, individual supervision
  • Globally recognised, state-approved degrees, accredited by FIBAA
  • Campuses in Berlin & Munich: Top 6 and Top 9 of the “Best Student Cities 2017” worldwide**
  • Authentic, practice oriented projects with over 500 well-known companies
  • Highly qualified professors and industry insiders as lecturers
  • International students from all continents
  • Career perspectives in Germany: 18 months visa after successful graduation
  • Master’s degree on three days a week (e.g. from Thursday to Saturday)
  • Pre-Semester course available online
  • Buddy network for international students
  • Several Programmes entirely in English
  • Campus locations situated in the very centre of Germany’s industrial locations
  • Worldwide network of Partner Universities

*Centre for Higher Education, www.che.de
**QS Best Student Cities index, www.topuniversities.com


Study Master’s Degree Programme

Design Management (M.A.)

  • Academic Degree

    Master of Arts

  • Duration of Study

    3 semesters for applicants with 210 ECTS
    3 semesters plus 1 Pre Semester course for applicants with 180 ECTS

  • ECTS

    90, 30 (Pre-Semester)

  • Starting

    Master course: 15th March
    Pre-Semester: 1st October
    Online Pre-Semester: 15th March

  • Location

    Munich

  • Tuition fee

    Non-EU students
    6,000 € per semester plus 750 € registration fee.
    EU students
    6,000 € per semester plus 500 € registration fee.
    Starting from 500 € per month with guarantee.
    More information here.

  • Language

    German or English

  • Who can apply

    This is a non-consecutive Master’s programme, i.e., it is open for students with undergraduate degree in diverse areas.

  • Application process

    Apply online with the following documents: University/B.A. degree with 210 ECTS; if you have only 180 ECTS, you can earn the required extra credits in the Pre-semester; TOEFL (at least 72 out of 120) or IELTS (at least 6.0 out of 9) or equivalent; Curriculum Vitae, letter of recommendation by your lecturer or employer and a motivation statement 

Projects

Workshop Design Thinking - Excursion to Southern Italy

Workshop Design Thinking - Excursion to Southern Italy

Welcome to Puglia, Italy: Together with their host Prof. Dr. Jürgen Faust, Design Professor Oliver Szasz and Munich based Master Students of Design Management (M.A.) and Design Thinking (M.A.) enjoyed the opportunity to spend a week full of informing ...

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Sky: Ideas for improving online customer service

Sky: Ideas for improving online customer service

For suppliers of technical products, the quality of customer support is just as important as the qua ...

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BOSCH Security Systems: Innovative Ideas IoT - Internet of Things

BOSCH Security Systems: Innovative Ideas IoT - Internet of Things

BOSCH Security Systems provided this research and innovation project for the master class of the M.A ...

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Trade Association Food & Hospitality (BGN): Design Research Project

Trade Association Food & Hospitality (BGN): Design Research Project

BGN requested innovative communication concepts to create awareness of skin care issues in the pro ...

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Media Broadcast GmbH: Raising Awareness for Digital Audio Broadcasting

Media Broadcast GmbH: Raising Awareness for Digital Audio Broadcasting

The goal of the cooperation was to analyze the German digital audio broadcasting market and to devel ...

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EXB: Organizing Workflows on Mobile Devices

EXB: Organizing Workflows on Mobile Devices

Media and Design 3rd semester Master Students joined forces with the company EXB to develop a HCD ...

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.: Digital Product Management

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.: Digital Product Management

During their third semester the master students of Media and Communication Management from the Mun ...

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Movetastic: A Virtual Gym Start-up

Movetastic: A Virtual Gym Start-up

Movetastic is an online fitness platform that provides its services over a website and an applicat ...

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0_BMW
0_Capgemini
0_Escada
0_Green Peace
0_Mercedes Benz
0_Microsoft
0_Red Bull
0_rWarner Music
0_s1. FC Köln

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  • Phone numbers:
  • Munich +49 89 544151-0
  • Stuttgart +49 711 280738-0
  • Cologne +49 221 31082-0
  • Hamburg +49 40 3003089-0
  • Berlin +49 30 2021512-0

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