Our perspectives and visions derive from the history of the «Cologne model of design education». Abandoning traditional classroom structures and turning to a more project-based education, KISD allows for an explorative and unique approach to Design education. As an academic institute of TH Köln, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, KISD can take advantage of the experience and interest of more than 420 professors and 23.600 students.
Partner of the MEDes-network of seven European universities, intensive partner programs (including joint projects, student and professor exchange) with Taipei/Taiwan, Tokyo/Japan, Curitiba/Brazil, Sydney/Australia, Hong Kong/SAR of PROC and New York/USA.
Cooperations with companies like Motorola, Bayer, Johnson Controls, Nokia, BMW, McDonalds, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Philips etc.
Research-based design education in interdisciplinary courses in cooperation with national and international organisations and cooperations.
faculties and departments
KISD offers a four-year BA program "Integrated Design" – including communication, product or industrial design. The MA "Integrated Design" is an internationally- and research-oriented Master's course that can be studied either consecutively or after a Bachelor\'s or higher academic degree. Furthermore, a BA / MA course "Master of European Design" is offered with 6 European partner universities. A two-year Master course in Product Design and Process Development is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Science.
bachelor level programs
BA Integrated Design 4 years
BA European Design 3 years
master level programs
MA European Design 2 years
MA Integrated Design (starting winter semester 2009/10) 1 year / 2 years part-time
research activity and main areas
Every area of expertise works on research. Furthermore, research centers for Service Design and Information Design are established.
subject areas for exchange students
All subject areas.
For studying in the winter term (beginning around September 15) please apply until June 15 For studying in the summer term (beginning around March 15) please apply until December 15
German and English
cost of living per month (studying and living)