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 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.
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