Design and Interaction, M.A.
Why choose Digital Media?
Twenty-first century communication has changed how individuals, companies and organisations connect to the world. Success and participation in social life increasingly depends on how targeted, creatively and effectively we can use digital media. In the light of these challenges, our project based master’s degree programme “Digital Media“ combines the creativity of design with the cutting-edge of information technology.
Students from both fields collaborate in developing innovative solutions by sharing their knowledge of communication media and new technologies right from the outset and the idea generation stage. The degree focuses on fields that employ digital media and technologies to develop new products and services which transfer knowledge and ensure great interaction experience. Digital exhibits used at trade-fairs, digital services for theatres, apps that might visualise the solar system or interfaces for home networking solutions, are just a few examples of the challenges that digital communication, information and interaction might have to meet. Whenever we want to communicate complex content, design an interactive experience or tell multi-layered digital stories, we need approaches far beyond established forms of communication and interaction. We designed our degree to equip you with the skills and versatility to remain successful amidst this rapidly changing and increasingly complex professional environment. As a graduate you will benefit from the hands-on experience you have acquired and will be excellently prepared to develop and successfully implement digital projects across specialisms.
What you will study
This course is a three-semester follow-on master´s degree programme. In each of your first two semesters you will be given the chance to design, develop and carry out a digital media project of your choosing. This will allow you to get familiar with the technical tools and means you need to independently realise and implement your own digital projects. At the same time you will be introduced to cutting-edge technology and design trends. You will explore the latest approaches and creative practices to realise innovative ideas and discuss the chances and challenges that our young digital culture has to offer. You will also benefit from modules of other academic fields and disciplines by choosing electives that will help you gain the additional expert knowledge you might need to realise your projects. Your third semester will be devoted to your master’s thesis which is going to be another self-developed project.
As the lines between scientific disciplines become increasingly blurred, interdisciplinary team work is an inevitable part of computer scientists‘ as well as designers‘ professional life. Our degree programme aims to equip you for a career that matches these current and future labour market trends.The personal, professional and technical skills you acquire, will give you a competitive edge when it comes to addressing tasks that involve profound knowledge across specialisms in the fields of technology, computer sciences and design.
You will find employment for example with design or advertising agencies and work in the fields of screen and interactive design or interactive digital installations. You might also be employed by companies to take over tasks at the interface of design and information technology, such as the development of trendsetting online shops or user interfaces of new products. Due to the unusually dynamic environment of digital media you can expect to find pioneering trends and an even wider range of career opportunities in future. With a master’s degree in Digital Media, you will be highly qualified to work in interdisciplinary teams and make use of multiple specialisms. Your proficiency in evaluating the impact of technical and creative decisions on projects at an early stage will set you apart from the crowd and enable you to successfully develop and realise innovative digital media projects.
Admission to the degree programme is subject to an application process.
The formal entry requirements for the Digital Media, M.A. programme are:
- Proof of a completed, relevant undergraduate degree (B.Sc., B.A. or equivalent) consisting of at least 210 points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), or at least seven (7) semesters of full-time study. Sufficient expertise in design and/or computer science must be demonstrated.
Applicants with less than 210 ECTS points or 7 semesters of full-time study, but at least 180 points and 6 semesters of full-time study from an undergraduate programme must provide proof of additional academic training or may - on agreement - make up the missing credit points by passing suitable examinations in modules of other degree programmes during their master studies.
- If an undergraduate degree has not yet been issued, then a preliminary graduation certificate, a current transcript of records or similar official documents must be submitted instead.
- A personal essay is highly recommended. In no more than 1,000 words, the essay should illustrate the applicant’s knowledge, experience and academic qualifications and why they qualify the applicant for this master’s degree programme.
- An IELTS or TOEFL language certificate which demonstrates English language proficiency equivalent to at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Please find detailed information on our entry requirements in the examination regulations .
When and how to apply
Please note that this master degree programme starts in summer semester only.
Application guidelines for international applicants
Please contact us for more information and advice
Friedrich-Heinrich-Allee 25, Germany
Tel.: +49 2842 90825-0
Head of Degree Programme
Prof. Michael Pichler
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