Areas of Expertise

The twelve areas of expertise stand at the center of studies at KISD – Köln International School of Design. These are the basis for an interdisciplinary and project-oriented design program, in which the students can develop their individual main focuses. Every student has to enroll for at least ten of the twelve areas of expertise within his/her study at KISD.

 


Image and Motion

The world of audiovisual media becomes more and more complex. One can find innumerous HD TV-screens in media shops, interactive game platforms are part of…

Design and Economy

Design is deeply woven in economic processes: it determines and shapes them. Accordingly, the economy is beginning to realize that design is an essential strategic…

Design for Manufacturing

The »Design for manufacturing« course area is not about communicating product design. The connection to practice is the connection to the people factor. In the…

Design Concepts

The area of «Design concepts» investigates in the design process itself, its structure and procedure, the question of »how« to design. It is about: the…

Design Theory and Research

This teaching and research area focusses on design processes that are generally seen as practical processes which lead to a work product. In contrast, design…

Gender and Design

This area of studies incorporates two areas of expertise: In present-day design it is an exception to include the »gender« perspective as a category as…

Identity and Design

Area of Study: Identity and Design (ID) Cologne International School of Design, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Make-Up of the Study,…

Interface / Interaction Design

Both, human and non-human actors are part of systems or networks influencing each other. Digitalization leads to a pervasive and ubiquitous connectedness of actors. After…

Ecology and Design

This subject area aims to sensitise the students to ecological issues in general and environmentally relevant criteria for product development. The traditional role of the…

Production Technology

The exponential progress of technology and the evolution of new production processes do not allow universities, simply from an economic point of view, to have…

Service Design

Services have become a crucial part for innovation, growth and quality of life throughout the last decades. Already in the early 90th KISD was the…

Typography and Layout

Despite a forced emphasis of the image, type – our greatest storage medium in the history of civilisation – has asserted itself until the present…