Curriculum Structure

In the DPM Master’s course, you will learn and pursue design processes in which product design and business models are directly derived from knowledge gained through theory and empiricism. During all steps, the focus is placed on people, with their abilities and requirements, in order to achieve market viability for the products and services.

In our degree course, specialist, social, methodical and system competences alike are mediated through project work and case studies. You will develop skills to act as a refreshing entrepreneur, but you will simultaneously be able to use acquired tools expediently in order to establish your own company.

During your Master’s degree, you may individually define your Circular Design focus (furniture, interior or industrial design), and consolidate your knowledge depending on your previous training in various fields (e.g. design management, business modelling, design testing, brand, ...).

First semester

At the beginning of the degree course, you will run through different short projects featuring different tasks and roles. Within this structure, you will intensify your competences in design, marketing, technology and project management/economics, determine your learning potentials and interface competence and develop the capacity for a change of perspective.

Various adaptation courses enable concentration on personal fields of development; existing competences will be accredited.

Second/third semester

You will acquire the ability to organise and structure the process of strategy development and the handling of all elements of a brand in a competent and increasingly independent manner. During the process, you will learn to develop various problem-solving methods and apply these in terms of systematic innovation. 

Fourth semester

The acquired knowledge and the structure of the degree course will prepare you to write your Master’s thesis. Well-founded training in scientific work with methods from empirical social research is a requirement for reasoned design work argued through representative analyses and surveys or product tests. Based on a scientific and practically-relevant task question, you will independently develop and methodically substantiate your Master’s thesis.