The mission of the study programs Industrial Design (B.A.) and Media & Interaction Design (B.A.) is to inspire and empower the students to develop their individual talents and strengths as they prepare for their future roles within the next generation of highly employable designers who responsibly shape the future of products and digital services in a dynamic, diverse and global world.
We enable students to practically implement design solutions as well as we encourage them to gain knowledge and comprehension of the history and theory of design. We foster a creative and collaborative learning environment where students work together in interdisciplinary projects and we leave space for experiments, innovation and unexpected findings.
The design programs of the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück maintain active international collaboration with Universities in China (Shanghai, Xiamen University), Hongkong (Polytechnic University, University of Science and Technology), Abu Dhabi (Interactive Media Program of NYU), Brasilia (PUC in Rio de Janeiro) and across Europe (ERASMUS). The second last semester of both seven-semester design programs is structured as a “mobility window” to support studies abroad for students of the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück. Incoming students is offered the International Design Program (IDP), a one-term curriculum, jointly run in English by lecturers of the Industrial Design and the Media & Interaction Design programs.
Student projects are decorated with several design awards, for example Red Dot Award - Communication Design 2015 (best of the best) and 2017 (best of the best), German Design Award 2016 (nominee) and 2017 (winner), UX Design Award 2015 (nominee).
International cooperations exist with partners such as adidas, LEGO System A/S, SIG Combibloc Zerspanungstechnik GmbH and Simba Dickie Group.
Both study programs collaborate with partners in the region of Osnabrück such as B&W international GmbH, CLAAS KGaA mbh, EMSA GmbH, Kaffee Partner GmbH, Stadt Osnabrück, Volkswagen Osnabrück and ZF Friedrichshafen AG Diepholz.
Collaborations on national level are established with partners such as Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (B/S/H), Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), Ritzenhoff AG, SIKU Sieper GmbH, VALMET automotive Inc.
Industrial Design Program:
Concept, Construction, Ergonomics, Implementation, Technology, Usability, History and Theory of Design as well as relevant subjects like communication studies, design management, marketing, law.
Media & Interaction Design program:
Application Design, Communication Studies, Information Technology, Interaction Design, Interface Design, Psychology and Usability, History and Theory of Design
faculties and departments
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
bachelor level programs
Industrial Design B.A.
Media & Interaction Design B.A.
research activity and main areas
user centered design
human–computer interaction (HCI)
human-machine interaction (HMI)
applied human factors and Ergonomics
interdisciplinary product development
psychological-ergonomic user research
design development in intercultural contect (China, Egypt, e.g.)
subject areas for exchange students
all subject areas of the both study programs Industrial Design and Media & Interaction Design
Winter semester (September to February): March 1 to May 15 of the same year
Nomination through the home university no later than April 30
Summer semester (March to August): September 1 to November 1 of the previous year
Nomination through the home university no later than October 15
winter semester: September to February
sumemr semester: March to July/August
cost of living per month (studying and living)
term fee: 350 Euro (incl. ticket for public transport)
rent monthly: 210 Euro - 400 Euro plus deposit
ca. 400 Euro (health insurance, canteen, books, copies, etc.)