Major Fields of study
- Integrated Design (Visual Communication, Product Design, time-based Media
- Design Research and Methodology
- Synchronization of Knowledge from various Design Disciplines
- Design Management Skills, Peer-Teaching Skills, Intercultural Skills
Master of Arts
Winter Semester or Summer Semester
Course content and objectives
A traditional, yet innovative approach in historic and fascinating setting right next to (and in) the Bauhaus. The MID program incorporates the essentials of design: communication design, product design, space, audiovisual and digital media. These are blended through rigorous fundamental training and interdisciplinary. This progressive international program focuses on the development of intercultural. It uses the truly synergetic power of a working environment with students from various countries and cultural backgrounds. The program requires a high level of media competence. Projects are based on both practical and experimental research. Students are encouraged to come up with systematic, creative and individual solutions. International designers, visiting artists and other specialists will support projects according to the topic and their professional area of specialization.
Degree in design or design related field such as architecture, art or art history
Application Deadline: October 31st (for Summer Semester) or April 30th (for Winter Semester)
Applications are evaluated by a Commission
Language of Instruction: English
Conditions And Regulations
International Master in Integrated Design (MAID)
The Department of Design in Dessau established a progressive educational model reflecting the historical values of the Bauhaus. Known as the “Dessau Model“ the unique approach to education is an effective example of a new institutional structure. Since 2002 a functioning infrastructure wherein students from all parts of the world feel at home has been created.
This MAID program (Master of Arts in Integrated Design) incorporates the essential design disciplines with the creative subjects communication design, product design, space, audiovisual and digital media. They are brought together through rigorous fundamental training and interdisciplinary problem solving. These integrative components form the contour of the Master program.
Under the theme “creating relations“ the emphasis of these three design disciplines will be newly applied. This international program focuses on the development of intercultural competences and the synergetic power of a working environment with students from various countries and cultural backgrounds. Knowledge and skills can be specialized in the Master program in the form of interdisciplinary projects. A high level of media competence is required in all semesters. Projects are based on both practical and experimental research. The systematic approach to problems and the creative development of individual solutions are emphasized.
International designers, visiting artists and other specialists will support projects according to the topic and the professional area of specialization. Also in this Master study course we intend strong interconnections of both the disciplines and the subjects. Furthermore we support research relevant tasks and offer opportunities for cooperation with a selection of professional institutions. The MAID profits from the longterm cooperation with e.g. the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Projects with the Federal Environmental Agency have been newly added. In the future, this certainly unique constellation will provide for the dealing with a multitude of socially relevant and future oriented subject complexes.
We invite graduate junior designers and bachelors from design disciplines to utilize the synergies of integrated methods of thinking and work in complex tasks to find new and visionary solutions. The courses will be in English.
If you want to get information about current and past projects, life as a MAID student or just want to get to know us better, please visit our blog which is from the students for the students.
Head of Program
The curriculum is based on an interlinked structure which allows an education in essential design fields – creating comprehensive knowledge, methodic diversification and creative specialization. Throughout the course of study, product design, communication design and media design are the main fields, accompanied by supporting design disciplines. The Studio Module is the center of the MAID courses. Under a principal topic progressive research and creative methods are applied to complex design projects in order to develop strategic and relevant design solutions.
Based on the idea to build a bridge between our Master Intermediales Design (language of instruction: German) and our international Master of Integrated Design (language of instruction: English) we will be able to offer even more interdisciplinary studies and more interactivity between the two programs.
The Elective Module offers complementary courses to the studio class and focuses on applied and advanced technologies, experimental approaches or fundamental skills.
The Expertise Module includes specialized workshops, excursions, synchronizing classes to gain further qualifications or courses offering professional competences, such as teaching and management skills etc. Design Sciences introduce scientific and theoretical discourses and reflections corresponding with the design projects.
• the summer term starts in the first week of April
lecture period: April 1st – middle of July
• the winter term starts in the first week of October
winter semester: October 1st – middle of February
• three semesters, including one for the MA dissertation (thesis)
• 20 credit hours per week are compulsory
• teaching language is English
• use of all workshops and labs of the Anhalt University
The Master in Integrated Design also known as MAID
is happy to welcome students from all over the world
and all walks of life.
- BA degree in Design or related disciplines (product, communication, media, interior, architecture, environmental design, etc.)
- relevant experience in design or a related fields is strongly recommended but not strictly necessary
- language requirements
English language minimum:
TOEFL internet-based test (IBT): 80 scores or
TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) 500 scores or
IELTS* 5,5 scores or
GERS = CEFR** level B2
* IELTS - International English Language Testing System
** GERS - Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen
CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
and highly recommended:
German (dfa) elementary level III
The entry commission selects applicants on the basis of the submission of following documents:
- the application form
- certified and translated certificates of study
- language certificate
- a letter of intent, including a rough draft of your potential master thesis topic
- a curriculum vitae including an overview of academic background, an overview of professional and work experience
- a printed and bound portfolio of your design work including projects, studies and publications
- a reference
- copy of passport
Hall of Residence
Please apply for admission as soon as possible. Availability is very limited.
Every student is expected to pay 800.- € (administrative fee for Master Program) plus 76,-€ (admininistrative fee for general registration and student union) per semester.
The MAID welcomes new students every semester. The application deadline for the upcoming winter semester is April 30th, the deadline for the upcoming summer semester is October 31st.
We advise new students to arrive two weeks in advance to prepare their stay here.
The MAID Office is the center of organization. It oversees all things that relate to and support student academic programs. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us: sandra.giegler(at)hs-anhalt.de
There are several steps you will have to do when you arrive in Dessau. These include getting a German address as well as registering at the town hall, opening a bank account and organizing medical insurance. You also have to pay the semester fee, after that you can be officially inrolled in DIA at the office of:
Mr Hanjo Todte
Building M (Mensa / Canteen), Room 201. Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 3:30
You will be asked for
– passport + visa
– confirmation of admission from Hochschule Anhalt
– registration document from town hall (see #4)
– proof of health insurance (see #2)
– proof of the payment of the students fee
After you have completed the paper work, you will get your students card as well as login data for your university email and for the online plattform. You will need your new email address to recieve all important information during the semester and the online plattform to keep an overview of your grades and credits.
The housing administration responsible for the three student dorms in Dessau is the „Studentenwerk Halle“. Applications are considered according to the date of their registration at the Studentenwerk. At the moment there are more students applying than there are rooms, so the earlier you apply the better are your chances!
You can only apply though the Studentenwerkhalle online application form.
Here is also an overview of Student Dorms in Dessau for your Orientation.
Contact details of the Housing Administration:
Wohnplatzvermittlung Köthen, Dessau und Bernburg
Mensa 1. OG
If there are no rooms available in the dorms, we would like to refer you to:
CAMPUS COORDINATOR in Dessau
Mrs. Yili Lu
+49 340 5197 1518
Are there any scholarships I can apply for?
Various scholarships are offered now and then by the internationl office IO but since the number of applications by students from the entire university is high whereas the number of awarded scholarships is low, it will be difficult to obtain such a scholarship. Please check the information provided by the IO regularly to not miss an opportunity. However, you may of course apply for external scholarships for example with the DAAD.
Do I have to present a TOEFL or IELTS certificate if I have received my university education in English?
If you have received your education in English, please include a statement or a paper that shows that. If proof can be presented you do not have to present a TOEFL/IELTS certificate.
Do you issue confirmation letters for DAAD-scholarships?
We are happy to provide such letter if needed. Please contact us.
- How can I look for accomodation?
How do I apply for an internship semester?
The study regulations do not required include internships. Hence the immigration laws do not allow to officially apply for an internship or "holiday" semester. You may of course apply for internships nevertheless. If you are successful in finding an internship you must remain an enrolled student by re-registering and hence extend your studies for the duration of the internship.
How important is to have a housing contract?
It is absolutely VITAL. The housing contract, in German, “Mietvertrag” is a must to open, among other things, the bank account and to get the visa once you are in Dessau. So, as soon as you get a place, ask the tenant (Vermieter) to give it to you, signed.
Is there a tuition fee for the MAID?
No! So far we are not taking a tuition fee to study at the MAID. We do however ask for €800 per semester to pay for materials and other costs arising. In addition to this there is a registration fee of €76 per semester.
Kaltmiete, Warmmiete, Nebenkosten… What’s all that?
Kaltmiete (KM) is the cost of the rent, Nebenkosten (NK) are the services such as heating, gas, electricity, water, etc.. Warmmiete (WM) is the Kaltmiete + Nebenkosten. Kaution is a security deposit that in most cases, equals 3 months of rent.
What about the City of Dessau?
Dessau is a medium-sized town about 90 minutes south of Berlin and 45 minutes north of Leipzig. It is known for two UNESCO world heritage sites: the Bauhaus and the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm. Both define the city and its surroundings and make it a destination for many tourists all through the year. Downtown you will find all that is necessary for every day shopping as well as shopping malls. The infrastructure includes an extensive system of busses and trams. The best way to get around the city is, however, a bike.
What are the program fees for MAID
There are two different fees you need to pay. One is for registration with the school and one is for the program itself. Both fees have to be paid each semester. The registration fee is 76€ in the first semester and 70€ for each following semester. The program fee also called semester flat fee is 800€. Both fees together (876€) have to be transfered together before the registration or re-registration deadline.
What are the requirements of the portfolio?
The portfolio is supposed to show examples of your work that best illustrate your abilities and interests. The number of works shown is not fixed. We do, however, encourage you to make a careful selection. The portfolio has to be printed and bound. If you do have projects that can only be shown on a computer, make sure that the CD works on both Microsoft as well as Macintosh systems and include screenshots in your portfolio.
What is the bank info to pay the fees?
The full amount goes here:
Beneficary: Hochschule Anhalt
Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
IBAN: DE35 8100 0000 0081 0015 39
purpose: Student Number _ name, first name (for first semester students, please add applicant number)
for re-registration also add: RM and the year (example: RM2018)
What is the duration of the course of study at the MAID?
The program is laid out to last 3 semesters. The first 2 include projects that are offered in order to explore the different possibilities of the design profession. The third semester is reserved fort he preparation of the master thesis. It is possible to take vacation-semesters as well as going on an internship-semester.
What is the MAID?
The MAID is a program at the University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, the city that was home to the famous avant-garde design school Bauhaus between 1926 and 1932.
The focus is on the integration of the multiple design disciplines such as product, graphic, media, information design and others by offering projects that include all these aspects of design. It is an international course of study and is therefore held in English. So far, the students have come for more than 20 countries, creating a very diverse and heterogeneous atmosphere (see also program description).
Where can I shelter myself during the first days?
There are several hotels, hostels and Gasthäuser for all the budgets. Some of the most famous ones near downtown are: City-Pension Dessau-Roßlau, Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel, Jugendherberge Dessau, NH Dessau and Hotel 7 Säulen. Nevertheless, more can be found using services such as Booking and, even a more convenient option can be Airbnb or Couchsurfing.
Where is the campus?
The campus is about 10 minutes from the center of Dessau and right outside the main railway station. All buildings are within walking distance. The facilities include a cafeteria, a student coffee shop, a library, several computer pools, workshops for metal, wood and ceramics, a huge printing workshop, and a professional photo and video studio among others.