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. Each of the submitted documents must be 4MB or less.
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 4MB. Feel free to add links to the portfolio pointing to other websites to showcase your audiovisual projects.
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.
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.
A letter of recommendation is less a list of observed activities and more a personal assessment of the person to be recommended. It asks for a well-founded, realistic evaluation of the applicants’ qualifications, in particular of the scientific and creative competences and research skills and interests of the applicant. The focus should be on competencies and potential as well as the personal suitability of the candidate from the author’s point of view. It is therefore important that both have gotten to know each other in advance.
Since the applicants will upload the letter of recommendation to the TH Köln portal themselves, it cannot be confidential.
In general, the letter of recommendation should contain the following elements:
- Letterhead of the issuer (name, position, organization, contact information)
- Subject line (containing applicant’s name)
- Writing style in first-person
- Short self-introduction
- Description of how you know the candidate
- Professional recommendation
- Subjective recommendation
- Location, date and signature
Furthermore, it should not exceed 2 pages.
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 B.A. thesis.
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.