Integrated Design Research (Master's program)
The Master's program »Integrated Design Research« offers you a specific range of design perspectives in four thematic clusters: Material Systems & Lab Culture, Social & Public Innovation, Urban Intensities & Resources, and Visual Cultures & Politics.
KISD aims to overcome traditional design boundaries and combine different approaches, perspectives, and practices, in order to deal with problems and questions that cannot be solved within the boundaries of a single design area of expertise. Design is an integral part of every facet of the material and virtual world. It is responsible for and operates through products, environments, systems, and services within political, social, economical, and cultural contexts. We see design not only as a way to interfere in and question these processes, but as the production, acquisition, communication, and documentation of knowledge.
The Master's program »Integrated Design Research« encourages to examine how design can engage with questions of contemporary culture, politics, media, ecology, and urbanity. A key component of the program is the development of a Thesis within the scope of one of the four Thematic Clusters. Following your research interest, you will connect with different fields of expertise, broaden and deepen your competencies, and focus your research.
We welcome applicants who are looking to engage with, explore, and pursue these cross-cutting clusters and perspectives. They are the gateway to in-depth research and aim to push, transform, and recalibrate the limits of design, theory, practice, and disciplinary methodologies. As a Master student, you will be able to immerse yourself in an integrated, intercultural, and interdisciplinary setting and work in research- and practice-based design processes.
At a Glance
|Program||Integrated Design Research|
|Degree||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Type of program||Full-time program|
|Beginning of program||Winter semester|
|Program duration||4 semesters|
|Credits||120 ECTS credits|
|Language of instruction||English|
Material Systems & Lab Culture
Social & Public Innovation
Urban Intensities & Resources
Visual Cultures & Politics
|Please note||Aptitude test required|
|Accreditation||Internal accreditation based on institutional accreditation standards, until Sep 30, 2028|
For more information, please visit the website of Köln International School of Design.