The Master program »Integrated Design Research« welcomes design professionals with a research interest in a specific topic, problem, or challenge from an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective. This brings together experienced, open-minded and critical students from all over the world willing to contribute to a dynamic setting of learning, analysis, critical reflection and inquiry, conducting experiments and interdisciplinary research, in order to develop their specific design contributions.  

We invite applicants looking to immerse themselves in an integrated, research- and practice-based design process within our newly established thematic clusters:

  • Material Systems & Lab Culture
  • Social & Public Innovation
  • Urban Intensities & Resources
  • Visual Cultures & Politics

The TH Köln application portal is open between April 25 and 29, 2022.
In order to apply, please register within the application period and upload your documents here: cams.th-koeln.de.

If you do not have German citizenship and/or do not hold a German undergraduate degree that is related to the Master degree Integrated Design Research, you additionally must apply to uni-assist. All details are listed under “For international applicants”.

The dates for the application process in 2023 will be published soon.

If you want to apply for the M.A. program at KISD, an academic degree in design or a design-related field (B.A. or higher) covering at least 180 ECTS.

The course language is English and applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or other). For TOEFL, a minimum score of 72 (Internet-based version) is required.

Your application documents must be submitted online and in English. Your portfolio, letter of Intent and letter of recommendation just need to be uploaded in CAMS – the application portal of TH Köln – and not in uni-assist.

Portfolio

Choose projects and experiences that provide a good overview both of your fields of interest and your design/design-related experience and qualifications. Works can be academic, professional, or free projects. The uploaded PDF file cannot exceed 5MB.

Letter of Intent 

The letter of intent is your reflection of the chosen Thematic Cluster. It should consist of 600-900 words, a maximum of five images and it should outline the direction you see for yourself and your studies. Relate to one of our Thematic Clusters and position yourself and your research interest among the range of perspectives, explaining your previous studies, work, projects and engagements. Tell us what motivates you to apply or what led you to develop your specific interest.

Curriculum Vitae

Concisely list your educational and professional background. Include everything that qualifies you for an »Integrated Design Research« M.A. program.

Letter of Recommendation

Please send us at least one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional institution or organization. Students who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in »Integrated Design« at KISD, please submit a letter of recommendation signed by two KISD professors. Usually, they would be the supervisors of your BA thesis or your mentor.

Proof of Language Sufficiency

We recognize all B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and do not have a specific deadline for the amount of time that they need to be valid.

List of major recognized tests and their corresponding B2 scores (https://www.efset.org/cefr/b2/):

  • CEFR: B2 level
  • EF SET: B2 level – 51 to 60 Points
  • IELTS: B2 level – 5.5 to 6.0 Points
  • TOEFL: B2 level – 72 to 94 Points (internet-based version, UniAssist code: 2727)
  • Cambridge: B2 level – 160 to 179 Points
  • Global Scale of English (Pearson): B2 level – 59 to 75 Points

Please note that all M.A. students should write a substantial research-based Final Thesis in English to complete the program. If you studied your Bachelor degree in English, you simply need to submit your transcript to prove that the courses were in English and write us a letter stating that your studies were in English and submit it along with your other application documents. If you are a native speaker just write us a letter or any other proof of native English proficiency and submit that along with your other application documents.

Authenticated Copies of Certificates of Previous Study Course(s)

Include scans all of your degrees and certificates.

Please note the following

All documents should be adequately designed. We do not define a style sheet for the presentation of your application, so this is your opportunity to give us an idea of your skills and competence in presenting specific interests regarding our program.

If you do not have German citizenship and/or do not hold a German undergraduate degree that is related to the Master degree Integrated Design Research, you additionally must apply to uni-assist. Please note: the uni-assist platform for KISD closes March 31, 2022.

You can find more information about uni-assist here or on the uni-assist website.

uni-assist e.V, Application Services for International Students, provides processing and evaluation for international student applications for many German universities. They check if your application is complete and if you meet all admission requirements for your desired study program.
uni-assist informs us in April about your national degree qualifications. Only if you receive a positive statement by uni-assist as well as KISD you can enroll at TH Köln as a KISD student.

Please note that TH Köln/KISD decides about your admission to a study program and not uni-assist.

Important notes:

• You don’t need to upload your portfolio, letter of intent and letter of recommendation to uni-assist – just at the portal of TH Köln (CaMS).
• Make sure you apply to CaMS even if you haven’t heard back from uni-assist, sometimes the verification process takes longer than intended.

The aptitude test consists of two steps: In the first step, you are asked to upload an elaborated letter of intent (see requirements above) as a key element of your application. Your application will be reviewed by the Aptitude Assessment Committee with regard to your study-related qualifications and matching between your proposed research interest and our Thematic Clusters. If your application is shortlisted, you will receive the invitation to an interview latest May 12. The interview is the second step of the aptitude assessment and will take place via Zoom on May 23 and 24 2022. In the end of May, you will receive a final statement from KISD.

Application Period uni-assist: February 15 – March 31.

Application Period KISD: April 25 – 29.

Start of Study: winter term of each year (mid-to-late September).

The dates for the application process in 2023 will be published soon.

Even more questions? Check out our FAQs or join our Meet+Greet to talk to our staff, students and head of study program! The Meet+Greet is a webinar which aims to inform you about the study course and KISD. The dates will be published at the beginning of each application phase. You’ll need a computer with a microphone and a camera, as well as a stable internet connection.

All questions regarding the KISD application can be directed to the application team: application.ma@kisd.de

All questions regarding uni-assist can be directed to the TH Köln Department of International Affairs:
international-affairs@th-koeln.de