Design Research (M. Sc.)

Department Architecture, Facility Management and Geoinformation

Course content and objectives

The core of the MSc. program, communicated using different teaching methods with the participation of the three aforementioned partner institutions, relies on three thematic building blocks: Design as research – analysis of the synthesizing practices; design as projection – anticipation and intervention strategies; design in the world – impact and application. The participants gain sound scientific knowledge and competences on the basis of tasks that are both practice-oriented and forward-looking. The successfully completed MSc. program qualifies graduates to study for a doctorate. Moreover, the program fosters personal growth and as such paves the way for a meaningful level of social engagement. The MSc. program COOP Design Research opens up professional perspectives in the fields of research and teaching, design and cultural studies, and curatorial practice.
The program is conducted at Gropius’ Bauhaus in Dessau. Some lectures take place at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
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  • University Degree

    A qualified university degree in a bachelor’s or master's degree program in Architecture, Design, Cultural Studies or related programs with a standard period of study of at least 4 years (240 ECTS) is required.

  • Language Skills

    English language proficiency (TOEFL min. 600 (PBT) or 94 (iBT), IELTS min. 7,0 or equivalent). An evidenced graduation from an English-medium university is also accepted.

  • Work experience

    Work experience of at least one year in the fields of architecture, design, cultural studies or equal is required.

  • Aptitude Test Procedure

    Candidates are asked to submit a portfolio. After submission and evaluation of the portfolio, an additional personal interview can be requested.