Study Design Management (M.A.)

Design Management Specialisation

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 Design Management (M.A.)

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.

Strong focus on practice with over 500 partners

Practice is an integral aspect of our study approach. Throughout the Design Management course, you will carry out practical projects where you will apply the theoretical knowledge to real business scenarios. Through these projects with companies within our wide network of more than 500 partners, you have the opportunity to sharpen your practical skills while also making valuable contacts for future. Your professors will guide you during these projects and help you gain broad practical experience that will be valuable in your future career. In our project portal, you can get a first impression of our cooperation with the top players in the industry, such as Adobe, Sony Music, Microsoft and Sky.
 

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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MACROMEDIA UNIVERSITY AMONG TOP 3

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A recent study by the German Institute for Service Quality (DISQ) ranks Macromedia University’s courses and services at the third position.

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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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WEBINAR: DESIGN MANAGEMENT

Prof. Oliver Szasz provides an in-depth overview of design management in the context of innovation and introduces the Design Management programme.

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DESIGN THINKING WORKSHOP IN ITALY

Our Munich-based design students spent a week full of workshops and lectures while enjoying everything Puglia, the beautiful South Italian region, has to offer. 

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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 popular German cities that are also major commercial hubs
  • 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

Design Management M.A. Study Programme

Design Management Specialisation

  • 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 
    Apply online now.

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Projects

Max Brown Hotels: Reinterpreting Brand values by the means of Photography

Max Brown Hotels: Reinterpreting Brand values by the means of Photography

Located in the heart of Berlin's Charlottenburg district, just a short walking distance from the famous Ku’damm and the KaDeWe shopping center, Max Brown Ku’damm is the ultimate choice for your smart urban stay in Berlin. In order to capture that spi ...

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Mercedes-Benz Consulting: Drafting integrated mobility solutions

Mercedes-Benz Consulting: Drafting integrated mobility solutions

What does „driving a car“ even mean nowadays? Which kind of driving experience will still be attract ...

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SAP: The integration of Artificial Intelligence into a business-software

SAP: The integration of Artificial Intelligence into a business-software

Learn from the best: Macromedia Master students enjoyed the great opportunity to carry out a researc ...

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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 S ...

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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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Partners

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0_Adobe
0_Bilfinger
0_BMW
0_Capgemini
0_Discovery
0_Escada
0_Green Peace
0_Mercedes Benz
0_Microsoft
0_Red Bull
0_rWarner Music

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  • 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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