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The four-semester MDes program consists of four modules with a strong emphasis on project-based work. The students earn 120 ECTS points (60 US Credits) in four semesters to complete the MFA program.

First and Second Semester Module

Theory I:  In the first two semesters, a weekly lecture followed by a seminar addresses diverse aspects of image theory, media theory and the methodology of research work. A second weekly lecture followed by a seminar focuses on the practice of design, design history and current developments in the design field.

Design Practice I:  In this module, the students work on practical design projects in collaboration with a team of faculty advisers. A given project in the first semester covers research, a typical design process and a realization phase. In the second semester, students have the opportunity to define their own work project. Besides studio classes with members of the faculty, there is a series of guest lectures addressing issues directly related to the students' own work.

Third and Fourth Semester Module

Theory II:  This module continues in the second year of study with a lecture and a seminar on specific aspects of image theory. The topic of design reflection focuses on aspects of communication, marketing and management.

Design Practice II:  This module is a direct preparation for the Masters Thesis. It focuses on the subject of practical image research and involves all the theoretical and practical aspects addressed in the first two semesters. Besides the studio classes with mentors, there is a series of guest lectures addressing issues directly related to the practical projects.

Masters Thesis

In the final semester students formulate and propose a relevant topic in the field of Graphic Design, Visual Communication or Image Research. A committee of professors evaluates the proposals for their relevance and feasibility. After approval by the committee, the students begin their thesis project, which consists of both a written and practical component and is accompanied by a mentor or mentors.


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