The Bachelor Degree Program »Integrated Design« can be described as different, vibrant and inspiring. It features a nationwide, unique, non-linear and multi-semester study model which offers a high level of individual design opportunities.

The Bachelor Degree Program »Integrated Design« integrates different design and scientific approaches from several design areas and design-related disciplines. Students gain extensive methodology skills from at least ten areas of expertise as well as other design, analytical and conceptual specialist knowledge in a flexible study structure of seven semesters. Thus, they systematically begin to understand and use the diversity of design. These qualifications are complemented by intercultural experience and language competence. This degree program enables students to work towards solutions to current issues in design and to carry out project work in a flexible and independent manner within various social, cultural, and international contexts.

The Bachelor Degree Program Integrated Design offers two study courses to students at the end of their first year of study at KISD.

Study Course »Integrated Studies in Design«

In the study course »Integrated Studies in Design«, students work in multi-semester projects and seminars on complex design processes and acquire a broad knowledge of contents, working practices, and methodologies of design while developing extensive analytical, conceptual, and design specific competence, which they link with cross-cultural and international experience.

Self-initiated teaching and research projects allow them to develop their own interests and to set individual focal points. Supported by a mentoring program, they learn to redefine and discuss their development as a designer again and again.

Study Course »European Studies in Design«

In the study course »European Studies in Design«, students spend the first four semesters of their studies at KISD. Afterwards, they study at two of the European MEDes partner universities. The MEDes network encompasses seven European universities featuring an innovative and international design education. Besides KISD these include:

Aalto School of Art & Design (Helsinki, Finland), Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, UK), ENSCI Les Ateliers (Paris, France), Konstfack (Stockholm, Sweden), Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) and the University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal).

KISD studies are project-oriented and support a multi-semester collaboration, thus enabling students to learn with and from one another. In addition to the projects, seminars, lectures, courses, working groups, workshop introductions, and a mentoring program round off the study framework. Therefore, the study framework is only partly linear. Every semester students can choose from a wide range of courses. As a result, individual study pathways arise that support the student’s autonomy from the first semester onward. Orientation is provided by the following four temporal study phases: Discoveries, Connections, International, and Focus.

Discoveries: The first two semesters focus on knowledge and understanding of design as a area of thinking and acting that interpenetrates our reality and requires design specific contemplation.

The students learn to apply typical design working methods and techniques, make contacts with other students and lecturers, and get familiar with the changeable roles of a designer while completing their project work.

Connections: In the third and forth semester students experience Integrated Design as a field of theory, action and drafting, which is dominated by connections between different areas of design as well as by the design process itself and other sciences.

In formats such as the Intermediate Project, they learn to establish these connections themselves and draft their own practical focal points.

International: The fifth semester is dedicated to international and cross-cultural experience. Thanks to a stay abroad at one of our 45 partner universities inside and outside Europe, or thanks to international focus during their studies in Cologne, students gain a new outlook on their personal and professional career.

Focus: While choosing optional courses, individual project work, and their bachelor thesis in the sixth and seventh semester, students set individual focal points and develop their own profile. At the same time, this study phase prepares students for their career start through suitable offers.

Successfully achieving a Bachelor of Arts in »Integrated Design« means a first degree with professional qualification and provides access to a subsequent Master’s Degree Program. Thanks to the understanding of design which is taught and lived at KISD and which goes far beyond the traditional understanding of design as »constructing/designing objects«, the study course offers different career prospects.

Designers work in teams, they do not communicate, mediate or use their drafting ability as a series of instructions, but rather as a bundle of flexible solution strategies, which can be reproduced for different problems and disciplines.

Our graduates demonstrate a high degree of competence in acting universally and in becoming skilled in new issues in a quick and reflected manner. Due to the intensive and interdisciplinary form of instruction they are perfectly prepared for a professional landscape that is constantly changing. This embraces self-dependent activities in an individual design studio as well as work as a designer in a company, in a design consulting agency, advertising agency or a design studio. Further activities could involve work in associations and public institutions as well as in positions that are far from design but which nevertheless require team competence, improvisation, empathy, internationality, communication skills, and solution-oriented work.

KISD graduates contribute/ have contributed to developing a vibrant design scene in Cologne – thus representing a significant network for our students.

Please click here for detailed information on the application procedure.

We offer several Fridays during the semester on which a Student Advisory Service will be held. Please find here the dates for the current semester.

If you are interested or choose to study at KISD or if your homework has been rejected, you can register here to receive information as how to meet the requirements of a design study at the KISD. It will also provide information on the admission proceedure.

If you choose to attend, we expect that you already have some knowledge of the »Kölner Modell« and general idea of KISD.

You should inform yourself by reading KISD web pages, by visiting the Friday presentation, by reading KISD year-books and through discussions with KISD students. Please understand that the Student Advisory Service will not discuss or provide information which is available in detail on Internet.

Please do not bring any portfolios with you! You may present your rejected homework to discuss the reasons of failure. The consultations will take place in a larger round along with other candidates. To avoid repeated questions, you should come very punctually. There is at least one professor and one student from the BewerberAG.

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