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…

Interaction Design

Interaction Design is concerned with the fabric of digital culture: from the surfaces of the screens we encounter every day to the complex networks of…

Design and Economy

The area of expertise »Design and Economy« has two main topics: a) design management and business practices and b) cultural studies and economic critique. Within…

Design for Manufacturing

The subject area »Design for Manufacturing« is not about imparting product design. The connection to practice is the connection to the human factor. In the…

Design Concepts

The communication of conceptional and transdisciplinary thinking. Structure planning as an integral element of rational design solutions in an exciting contrast with a free emotional approach.…

Design Theory and Research

As analog and digital processes become increasingly intertwined, a shift in design perspective is required – away from objects and products as fixed and ultimate…

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

Individuals, groups, public authorities, private corporations and organizations are struggling for attention and recognition. In view of interrelated political, social, and economic implications and contradictions,…

Interface 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…

Design and Ecology

»Design and Ecology« cannot be seen as separate entities that will have to be combined after the fact. The design process does not only include…

Production Technologies

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

In the last two decades, »Service Design« has become a renowned area of expertise in the design world. The application of design competencies, processes and…

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…