University of Applied Sciences Munich

Department of Design

Hello & Welcome
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Munich University of Applied Sciences is the second largest university of applied sciences in Germany. The Department of Design is located in two adjacent buildings in the centre of Munich and consists of around 450 students, 20 educators and 15 staff.

The Department of Design offers a master’s degree programme and a bachelor’s degree programme.


With its master’s degree programme in Advanced Design, our department provides students with the opportunity to engage in a visionary approach to design that combines both theoretical and practical elements. Students in this degree programme will learn how to respond to the social and environmental challenges of the future and will be exposed to a new approach to design. We want to enable committed young designers to concentrate on their areas of interest, to develop within an interdisciplinary environment, and to explore cutting-edge concepts in both theory and practice.


The Bachelor programme is subdivided into three distinct design disciplines: Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Photography (CD, ID, PD). Even though each student enrols in one of those disciplines she is encouraged to pick from the whole spectrum of courses.

Our Philosophy: Interdisciplinarity, projects, modularisation

We foster connections between design disciplines. In their first two semesters all students share the same courses to lay a solid design foundation. After they have accomplished that they mainly learn by doing in project based classes. Even then they can pick freely from any project of any design discipline. We built a modular curriculum which allows students to customise their studies individually.

Communication Design

Communication Design is about the interchange of knowledge using various media. Its foundation is the ability to structure information and the development of a personal visual language. Building on this foundation we convey the design of communication strategies and the competent application of various media such as print media, digital devices or time based media.

Among our faculty we have specialists in typography, illustration, photography, interaction design, and corporate identity as well as experts to provide students with a solid design foundation.

Industrial Design

Even though Industrial Design is about the design of products and services we put an emphasis on craft. We think students need to experience materials hands-on and achieve an understanding of the characteristics and the processing of the materials they design. This is why we accompany our conceptual and draft classes with the crafting of prototypes in our workshops.

In addition to their professional skills students are encouraged to reflect critically upon their own discipline, to assess design in terms of its social relevance, and to develop their own personal style as a designer.


In practice-based courses students learn the professional skills which they can utilise in their applied and artistic work as photographers. Theory classes enable students to thoughtfully analyse and critique their own work as well as that by others.

We also explore the role of photography today and shed some light on future developments to be prepared for the full range of career opportunities available in photography.

Recent external partners of our department

ADAC, Audi, Bang & Olufsen, Bavarian Government, BMW, Bosch, BSH, Canon, DLR, EADS, Honda, Ingo Maurer, Koziol, Nikon, Nils Holger Moormann, Osram, Porsche, Rosenthal, Seoul Semiconductor, Siemens, Vispiron, Weisscam and many others

Application Procedure

You apply for the bachelor's degree program design with the fields of study Photography, Industrial Design and Communication Design.

To apply you have to include the online registration form the University of Munich and the delivery of a portfolio for one of the three fields of study in the Faculty of Design.

Besides the usual admission requirements you must provide proof of a corresponding artistic talent of one of the three fields of study. The qualifying conditions are queried in the first stage through the delivery of the portfolio and in the second stage by a two-day aptitude test.

With the map you are applying for one of the three fields of study. The positive assessment of the portfolio is a prerequisite for participation in the aptitude test!

Student Projects Examples

Current Project Topics

These are some of the projects that we taught in the summer semester 2015.

Tacit Knowledge

An Interaction Design Experiment with Prof. Ralph Ammer

This project is about how we learn about our environment through our bodies. We explore the design of physical artefacts as a means of communication. Learn more about the project at:

Future of Photography

Prof. Ralph Buchner

The project module »Future of Photography« examines new trends in photography in order to develop new prospects for future vocational fields.

Getting along

Prof. Ben Santo

What means »getting along«? In what contexts must we get along? What are the techniques to cope? Can design help to cope?

Identity and the medium

Manuel Trüdinger

As designers we are confronted with the quest to define and design identities, whether that of an institution, a company or ourselves. In »Identity and the Medium« we want to develop an understanding of the concept of »identity«.

Technology for Care

Human Centered Design with Prof. Florian Petri & Prof. Matthias Edler-Golla

A cooperation with the department of nursing studies and the center for entrepreneurship: What technological advances can be used to help ill or elderly people in a dignified, human centered way?

No Mercy

Fashion Photography with Hans Deumling

We get to know the design of fashion editorials and learn about the work processes of fashion photographers and high-end fashion photography. This project is accompanied by renowned art directors who will participate in our critiques.

The Mini Story

Klaus Demuth

Automobile photography as a photographic experiment


Prof. Thomas Günther

The projects in the subject of illustration have changing terms as title but they all concentrate on the creation and invention of personal images and their meaning, the pursued attitude of the students towards their work and their place in a world full of already existing images.

Exploring Light

Prof. Peter Naumann

The LED technology has already enforced in the light field. The aim of the project is to build working prototypes of new lights

Visualize ‘2014’ visually

Prof. Xuyen Dam

The design of a project must always be indispensable in the context of the content. The content is the backbone of a design project and also defines the formal framework.


Documentary photography with Renate Niebler

An experiment for a new life?


Our curriculum uses interchangeable elements, enabling students to customise the material studied according to their individual interests.

You can download our curriculum as a pdf-file:

Curriculum bachelor’s degree programme
Curriculum master’s degree programme
Both curriculum programmes in one pdf


We love to hear from you!

Department of Design

Munich University of Applied Sciences

Infanteriestrasse 14
80797 Munich, Germany

Prof. Matthias Edler-Golla
International Coordinator