Major Fields of study
- Designing the environment sustainability
- Using tools of new media and technologies in architecture
- Integrating theoretical approaches in practice of designs
Master of Arts
Architecture, Facility Management, and Geoinformation
Course content and objectives
The study program Architecture (DIA) is located right next to the world-famous Bauhaus Dessau. It is influenced by its vivid history and driven by innovation. It complements the bachelor’s program in Architecture by systematically deepening the topics of architecture and urban planning. This then complete architecture education fulfills all formal regulations needed to apply for membership of the architectural association. The focus is on strengthening the knowledge in design expertise and methodology. Another focus is on the analysis of current questions related to culture and social sciences as well as to the humanities. Also the latest insights into research and development, new procedures, technologies and materials are highlighted.
- Degree in Architecture
- Languages: TOEFL 605 points (pbt); 88 points (lbt); IELTS min. 6.5; Cambridge Main Suite of English Examination or equivalent
- Program is in English
- Aptitude test procedure
- Application deadline: April 15
Conditions And Regulations
Welcome to the DIA, the Dessau International Architecture Graduate School!
At the DIA, we are proud to offer a kind of architecture education that you won’t find anywhere else in Germany. In a unit system focused on intensive work in small studios — run by a great variety of professionals both from within the university and from architecture offices all around the world — we offer a design-oriented curriculum, leading to an internationally accredited Master of Arts Degree.
In almost twenty years, the DIA has established itself as a lively architecture school of international acclaim. Founded as the Dessau Institute of Architecture in 1999, the DIA quickly grew into Germany’s largest English Language Graduate programme in architecture. To reflect this while sticking with its original label, the DIA was later dubbed Dessau International Architecture Graduate School.
Today, with more than 200 students in its two-year programme, the DIA offers an inspiring atmosphere to study architecture. In a community that is truly international, young people from over 50 different countries meet in Dessau. They all join to study architecture in a place that is unique — and has a great legacy. The Bauhaus, to the west of our campus, still lures thousands of people to Dessau. With the DIA, Dessau once more is home to an architecture school, attracting young talents from all over the world. Again, Dessau is the place to explore topical questions, just as the Bauhaus did in its day, and probably would do if it was still there today.
Once more, the question is: What should the world that we live in be like? How does it look? How does it feel? And once more, the focus is on design education. We firmly believe that architects are responsible for providing society with the forms it needs. Hence, we design. We believe our knowledge ought to be in form.
Talking about sustainability the architect’s question is: are there forms that are more sustainable? Considering digital fabrication, the question is: how to use technology to that purpose? Addressing communities we ask: how to make them be at home? In short: We try to make the world a more pleasant place to live in and to look at.
If you want to join: Apply! It may be a great step to take. For many it will be a major change in climate (both literally and metaphorically). We dearly hope you will enjoy it, just as much as we do — to learn from other cultures, to bring people together, to work on the challenging issues we are today facing in our built environment, but also to have fun exploring things you cannot (yet?) do in the real world. Come to Dessau. For a liberating experience you will not forget.
Prof. Dr. Jasper Cepl, Director DIA
Of the three hundred applications received, some ninety students enter the graduate program. The range of experience, culture, and interest makes graduate school at DIA a truly unique experience. Classes, seminars, and studios are small and therefore intense and individualized. Students in their graduate career have ample opportunity to find their own way and to gain exposure to intense and critical examination. The personal studio critique and the public review are the main forums of studio-based education at DIA. In the spirit of the Bauhaus, such studio-based education is rather atypical in Europe today. The Master of Architecture program, leading to an MA in Architecture degree, is offered to individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree. Students follow a course of study in the following areas of the curriculum: Design; History, Theory, and Criticism; Urbanism; Computing, Logic, and Representation. These areas of study comprise groups of courses from which students may choose offerings according to the requirements of their particular program. Strong emphasis is given to developing skills, logic, and imagination through an intensive series of design studio courses. The curriculum fosters an understanding of architecture as a social, cultural, political, and economic activity, as deeply embedded in contemporary issues and concerns as it is aware of its own historic construction. All MA candidates are required to develop a thesis in fulfillment of graduate degree requirements. Students are asked to demonstrate their ability to independently undertake research and analysis, as well as develop a hypothesis and demonstrate their thesis thoroughly. This must take the form of either a research thesis (Written Thesis) or a thesis with a design demonstration (Design Thesis). Both thesis formats must address architectural consequences that may be derived from within or outside conventional boundaries of the architectural discipline. Thesis preparation begins in the 3rd semester with an option studio leading to the submission of a thesis proposal and the selection of a thesis director and one faculty member as reader. While the thesis is independent work carried out by the student under the direction of a chosen advisor, it is organized as a studio in the 4th semester of the program. The thesis studio provides a support setting for both formal and informal review processes throughout the thesis semester. At the end of the 4th semester, thesis projects are reviewed by a panel of guest critics and publicly presented at DIA. The best thesis project is annually awarded with the Robert Oxman Prize. On completion of the program, students will be awarded a qualification that has EU-wide recognition in the profession of architecture. The language of instruction is English.
Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA) is proud to attract students from all over the world to come and study in the famous Bauhaus City Dessau. In order to apply to the DIA you have to have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture. We accept both Bachelor and Diploma degrees with a minimum 3 year of regular curriculum. Either has to amount to 180 credits in order to be eligible. It is preferable that during your study you have completed a minimum of two semesters of architecture history.
The TOEFL Code for the university is: 4233.
The school is now using uni-assist for all international applications. An additional application directly to the university is not necesssary.
The application period will open January 15th and ends April 15th.
Please follow this link to get started:
Our school is listed under: Bernburg/Dessau/Köthen, Hochschule Anhalt
Every student is expected to pay 850.- € / admin. fee for DIA Master Program plus 76,-€ / admin. fee for general registration and student union of Anhalt University per semester (amounts as at Spring 2018)
The DIA welcomes new students every winter semester which starts in the first week of October. The application deadline is April 15th of the same year.
Admitted applicants choosing to enroll they must submit their semester fees by 15th September and arrive in Dessau latest by October 1st. We advise new students to arrive two weeks in advance to prepare their stay here.
The DIA Office is the center of the organization at DIA. It oversees all things that relate to and support student academic programs. It coordinates faculty contracts, academic capital and operating budgets. The Office provides administration and partnered projects. If you have any questions about information you can not find on this website do not hesitate to contact us. We also encourage you to report omissions, corrections, or just plain suggestions to: dia(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
The DIA maintains a very lively showcase and communication platform called DIAlive. Here everyone can view a selection of projects done at the program. Members of the DIA are further entitled to access a multitude of information concering the classes, the teachers, projects, awards and more by signing up for DIAlive. Please visit DIAlive to enjoy our comprehensive archive of projects www.dia-live.com.
We have made a selection of our publications available for download on issuu. Please follow this link:
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.
Deutsch ist nicht meine Muttersprache ...
Welchen Sprachnachweis muss ich erbringen?
Es ist der Nachweis über Kenntnisse der deutschen Sprache auf dem Niveau TestDeutschalsFremdsprache (TestDaF) 4, TDN 4 oder vergleichbar zu erbringen. Bitte informieren Sie sich ggfs. über die Wertigkeit weiterer Abschlüsse.
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.
Summer Semester: February 15th - March 31th
Winter Semester: August 15th - September 31th
Gibt es eine Zulassungsbeschränkung?
Nein. Wenn Sie die formalen Voraussetzungen erfüllen, werden Sie unmittelbar zugelassen.
Gibt es einen Deutsch-Kurs für Ausländer?
Für Nicht-Muttersprachler bieten wir Ihnen mit unserem Studienkolleg die Möglichkeit, vor Ort einen Sprachkurs zu absolvieren. Der erfolgreiche Abschluss ermöglicht Ihnen die Zulassung zu jedem deutschsprachigen Studiengang.
Gibt es Unterlagen zu diesem Studiengang?
Das rechtlich verbindliche Dokument ist die Prüfungs- und Studienordnung. Sie erläutert Zulassungsvoraussetzungen, den Studienablauf, Prüfungsabläufe, Zeugnisvergabe und anderes mehr.
- 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.
Ich benötige eine Wohnung in Dessau ...
Das Studentenwerk Halle bietet in Dessau preiswerte Wohnheimplätze an. Auf dem freien Wohnungsmarkt finden Sie bei verschiedenen kommunalen und privaten Vermietern günstigen Wohnraum. Weiterführende Informationen finden Sie auf unserer Seite Wohnen.
Is there any funding for master thesis?
The students must be able to cover the costs for their master thesis. However, there might be opportunites to contact sponsors maybe through the help of your advisers.
Ist ein Motivationsschreiben erforderlich?
Nein. Die Einsendung eines Motivationschreiben ist nicht erforderlich. Der Studiengang ist nicht zulassungsbeschränkt. Ausschlaggebend ist allein Ihr Studiennachweis Bachelor oder Diplom Architektur.
Ist ein Praktikum zu absolvieren?
Nein. Ein Praktikum ist kein verbindlicher Teil des Studiums.
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.
Kann ich berufsbegleitend studieren?
Der Masterstudiengang Architektur ist ein Präsenzstudiengang. Eine Nebentätigkeit mit variablen Arbeitszeiten ist aber möglich.
Kann ich mich online bewerben?
Bitte bewerben Sie sich online über unser Portal des Studierenden-Service-Centers. Senden Sie im Anschluss an die Eingabe Ihrer Daten den ausgedruckten Antrag (das PDF-Dokument wird am Ende des Vorganges erstellt) unterschrieben und zuzüglich notwendiger Anlagen (Bachelorzeugnis, ggfs. Sprachnachweis) an die angegebene Adresse.
Soll ich ein Portfolio einreichen?
Nein. Die Einsendung eines Portfolios ist nicht erforderlich. Der Studiengang ist nicht zulassungsbeschränkt. Ausschlaggebend ist allein Ihr Studiennachweis Bachelor oder Diplom Architektur.
Wann beginnt das Studium?
Wir immatrikulieren im April zum Sommer- und im Oktober zum Wintersemester.
Was bedeutet die Akkreditierung eines Studiengangs?
Durch die Beurkundung einer unabhängigen Akkreditierungsagentur wird die Studierbarkeit eines Studiengangs dokumentiert.
In einem Akkreditierungsverfahren werden die Lehrinhalte, die zu vermittelnden Kompetenzen, die Prüfungsformen, der Studienablauf und die Studiendauer von den Fachleuten der Agentur geprüft.
Die Akkreditierungsurkunde hat für einen befristeten Zeitraum Gültigkeit. Danach steht eine Re-Akkreditierung des Studiengangs an. So wird sichergestellt, dass auch in Zukunft eine den Anforderungen der Zeit angepasste Ausbildung gewährleistet ist.
Welche Bewerbungsunterlagen muss ich einreichen?
Die Bewerbung erfolgt online über das Portal des Studierenden-Service-Centers.
Sie benötigen folgende Dokumente
- Bachelorzeugnis Architektur, beglaubigt
- ggfs. Sprachnachweis, beglaubigt (nur für nicht deutschsprachige Studienbewerber)
Welche Studienvoraussetzungen muss ich erfüllen?
Zulassungsvoraussetzung ist ein Bachelorabschluss Architektur oder verwandter Studiengänge. Bewerber, die ihre Schul- oder Hochschulausbildung nicht an einer deutschsprachigen Einrichtung abgeschlossen haben, müssen Kenntnisse der deutschen Sprache (TestDaF 4 oder vergleichbar) nachweisen.
- Wer kann mich bei weiteren Fragen beraten?
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 76 Euros for?
The 76€ are a registration fee which covers administrative costs for signing in and re-registering each semester.
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)
Where can I see my grades?
You will find your grades for each modules in the HIS QIS-Portal.
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.
Which documents do I need for enrollment?
You need to show in addition to what you have been told with your admission package:
- Copy of your admission letter (Zulassungsschreiben)
- Copy of your passport (for Non-EU students) / national ID (for EU citizens)
- Proof of sufficient health insurance
- Paying in slip as proof of having transferred the semester fee
- Non-EU students: Residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel)
- biometric, passport-sized photo (for student ID)
Wie groß sind die Seminargruppen?
In den Seminaren wird eine Gruppenstärke von 20 Personen nicht überschritten. So können wir individuell auf Fragen der Studierenden eingehen.
Wie sind die Bewerbungsfristen?
Bitte bewerben Sie sich bis zum 15. März für eine Einschreibung zum Sommersemester und bis zum 15. September für eine Einschreibung zum Wintersemester.
Wohin sende ich meine Bewerbungsunterlagen?
Die Bewerbung erfolgt online über das Portal des Studierenden-Service-Centers. Dort erhalten alle notwendigen Informationen.