Integrated Design :
The MA Integrated Design is an internationally- and research oriented Master’s course that can be studied either consecutively after the BA »Integrated Design« or after a Bachelor’s or higher academic degree. The distinctive feature of the course is to be found in its holistic design understanding, which at KISD is both learnt and lived. By this we mean a course that integrates various approaches, subject areas and disciplines, but also opens up paths for integration with neighbouring research and practical areas, and discourses in enterprise, science and research. The chief features distinguishing the MA from ordinary courses are the higher emphasis placed on research-relevant aspects, scientifc research and the complexity of the projects and demands, as well as teaching experience through project assistance and the heavy self-reliance in the development of the key aspects of study.
A key aspect of the »Integrated Design« course is the development of approaches for »Research through Design«,in research-oriented design projects. This means using the associative, anticipative and strategic potential of design in the development of interfaces between varying perspectives.
The appropriate choice of presentation medium will likewise, throughout the course, be thematised and continually further developed. The students learn – with a high proportion of self-motivated projects and design concepts in international collaborations – to deploy their design competencies in
new ways. The infuence that design is able to exert on society and, conversely, the observation of the users of new designs, each play a central role.
Programme and course structure
The MA programme »Integrated Design« at KISD ofers a unique
opportunity to combine a deep understanding of design and research processes with academic and professional experience.We are looking for students with an academic degree (BA or higher, at least 4 years study time) and professional experience both in design or a related area (design and management, design and journalism, design and philosophy, design and architecture – just to name a few). We are looking for professionals who want to advance and expand their competence, knowledge and understanding of design processes, strategies, concepts, cultural aspects, research and beyond.The most important part of the application is the outline of an individual project (the Self-Initiated Project), which will be the core and basis of the MA studies.
With the MA programme we are aiming at setting up a »Research Group« with about 15 students every year with diferent perspectives, interests and experiences, building the foundation for strong teamwork and a sustainable network.
Self Initiated Project
When working on the »Self-Initiated Project« at KISD, you will develop a variety of perspectives, aspects and contexts in relation to your project.
You will connect it to other disciplines and discourses, you will find ways to integrate your ideas into those. Therefore, in the first phase, you will get new views on your proposed project, based on your experience. In this phase, you will be supported by both the open-minded atmosphere at KISD and the support of external tutors to get both a broad reflection and a deep understanding of important aspects.
In the second phase, you will develop a Research Proposal based on your project. Here, you will understand the value of using design as a means of research, add new facets to and create new perspectives for your project.
Design & Integration
The parallel module »Design & Integration« offers a colloquium combining personal reflection and discussions with external visiting lecturers. Tutoring and assistance in other projects and seminars at KISD will additionally offer you the experience of teaching and working with students.
Design & Culture
Design & Culture also offers courses, projects and seminars dealing with research and design and the cultural aspects of design. You will work on a case study to reflect, understand and apply your understanding of those processes.
In the third phase, you will work out a »Final Thesis«. Here you will bring together all the aspects you have finalized before. The research proposal helps you to both develop and communicate a clear perspective for your work.
The whole programme is accompanied by a mentoring programme nand a colloquium allowing you to reflect and discuss your work and to connect with other students.
Two years part-time / One year full-time
The two-year programme allows you to continue working during your course. This programme is divided into six terms; allowing you to spend twice the time on every module compared to the one year program. So the part-time course has the advantage of more time for refection and is ideal for students
who need to work one or two days a week during the course.
The one-year programme is very compact and short. It is divided into three terms, starting in October and ending in September. You will not be able to work while you study, so this track is a good choice for international professionals, for instance, with limited time and supported by employers.
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Bewerbungsverfahren/-frist : FH Köln/ 01.05.