Integrated Design (B.A.)

Department Design

Course content and objectives

This integrated design program combines the three fields communication design (2D), product design (3D), and media design (4D). Depending on their interests, students plan individual specializations: They get to know how to handle many types of design tools - graphic, typographical, form design, photographic, cinematic, audio, and interactive. With various media, they practice using digital and technological tools - combined and coordinated, that is, integrated.

This state-of-the-art design program gives answers to today’s coordinated work of all types of design. Extensive design skills are taught. The objective is clear: Both during the Integrated Design program as well as in professional life, problem-solving skills are in demand. Designers can work as freelancers or as employees in advertising companies, production companies, publishers, businesses, and in private or public institutions. Personality, creativity, communication skills, the ability to work in a team, and decision-making competence are essential for professional success. The Dessau program model prepares students for many different requirements and offers sustainable and long-term expert competence. This provides a starting point that allows them to react flexibly to future developments in all design professions.


  • University entrance qualification
    • Abitur
    • Qualification for universities of applied science (Fachhochschulreife)
    • Master craftsman
    • or previous education or vocational training considered equivalent.
  • Language Skills
    • TestDAF Niveaustufe 4xTDN4
    • DSH2
    • or another acceptable German language certificate
  • Aptitude Test Procedure
    • Enrolling in the degree program Integrated Design requires proof of a study-related artistic aptitude
Application deadline:

April 30

Aptitude exam

A prerequisite for enrolling in the degree program Integrated Design is proof of an artistically intellectual aptitude relevant to the area of study. It is only possible to study after passing the aptitude exam.

After submitting the application documents, applicants will be sent instructions for a task that must be completed and submitted by a set deadline. The assessment of this task determines which applicants are invited to participate in the aptitude exam in Dessau.

On the examination date, applicants must bring a portfolio with examples of their work that demonstrates visual realization of their intellectual and creative potential. Applicants can choose their own artistic materials and media but should aim for as much diversity as possible, e.g. drawings, photographs, animation, sculptures, paintings and objects (three-dimensional work must be submitted as a photograph). The size of the portfolio is DIN A2.

In the assessment process, the applicants will be given tasks from various areas of design that enable the examiners to get an impression of the applicant’s abilities in perception, conceptualization and presentation. These tasks are created by the Board of Examiners in advance. At the end of the assessment, a discussion on design is held with the applicants.