By offering small courses and working groups, and by ensuring direct contact to the teaching staff, we help you to fully develop and realise your personal potential. At Münster School of Design, you can realise your visions, and put them to the test. Our workshops and computer labs are fitted out with the latest technical and craft equipment. Our collaboration with companies from all sectors and with many public bodies offers you a deep insight into real-life practice in the design profession - an increasingly interdisciplinary working environment - while still at university.

Course structure

The Master's programme in Design at MSD consists of an orientation semester, an exploration semester and a Master's thesis semester.

The orientation module taken in the first semester serves as a pilot project for the subsequent exploration and Master's thesis modules in the second and third semesters. During the orientation module, you will work independently and autonomously, and determine your individual standard of performance. There are no fixed expectations regarding the task set in this module; you will not be restricted to using a particular medium or to pursuing a single design discipline. On the contrary, solutions can be sought in all areas of specialisation represented at MSD. You should therefore open your mind and familiarise yourself with the methods used in other disciplines.

Based on the knowledge gained during the orientation module and the accompanying theory units, you can choose between two different models in the second semester.

In close contact with your supervising professor, you may start working on a (preliminary) project of your choice in the second semester. This project with your chosen theme forms the basis for your Master's thesis in the third semester.

Alternatively, you may initially work on a Master's design project in one of the design disciplines taught at MSD in the second semester, and then start on your Master's thesis in the subsequent third semester.

Your Master's thesis will enable you to bring together all the knowledge, experience and skills gained on the programme to create a coherent final theoretical, organisational, creative and technical entity. Your thesis will either be interdisciplinary in nature, within the areas of specialisation at MSD (Communications Design, Media Design, Product Design and Illustration), or it will focus clearly on a specialised topic within one of the areas of specialisation, with a major innovative element.

Graduates of the Master's programme hold key positions within the profession, working as executives in design companies and agencies, in design departments of companies, in editorial offices of newspapers, magazines, television, film and video productions, book publishers, all kinds of museums, academic and research institutes, in product design, at universities, vocational training and continuing education institutions, or in self-employment in their own companies.

Focus of teaching

Communications Design 

Thematic areas include

  • Spatial communication (environmental design, social design, scenography, exhibition design, wayfinding)
  • Editorial design (strategic brand design, type design, content design)
  • Information design (information architecture, information graphics)
  • Identity and design (corporate identity, corporate design, corporate reporting, corporate communication)

Media Design 

Thematic areas include

  • Moving images, film and animation
  • Photography
  • 3D visualisation
  • Interactive applications and online media


Thematic areas include

  • Illustration for magazines, newspapers, non-fiction books and scientific publications
  • Illustration for fiction and children's books

Product Design 

Thematic areas include

  • Products, and product systems and families
  • Packaging design
  • Exhibition and fair design

Qualification and career opportunities

As a graduate of the Master's programme in Design at Münster School of Design of FH Münster, you will have earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. You will be able to perform conceptual and creative work in design-oriented professional fields, taking on the role of team leader and manager.

Career opportunities include:

  • Design companies and agencies
  • Design departments of companies and institutions
  • Editorial offices of newspapers and magazines
  • Editorial offices of television, film and video productions
  • Non-fiction publishers, educational publishers, scientific publishers
  • All kinds of museums
  • Academic and research institutes
  • Product development, interface design, usability
  • Universities, vocational training and continuing education institutions

The Master's programme in Design at MSD starts every winter semester.

Programme Director

Professor Rüdiger Quass von Deyen

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