The course

Master’s course in Design of Playing and Learning

Aim of the course

Societal demands with regard to our willingness to engage in lifelong learning and explorative activity are increasing all the time. Against this background, master’s students concentrate and reflect on their role in the shaping, conception and communication of methods and opportunities for personal development for individuals and, in addition to this, in the exploration and use of the potential of play activity in societal processes.

Teaching content

The design projects are activity- and user-oriented. The main focuses are on observation and research, the integration of user groups into project work, good process coordination, and innovative and activity-based design and implementation strategies. Students have the opportunity to experiment with interdisciplinary design processes within the university in cooperation with other courses and also with external partners.

Standard duration of course

The two-semester master’s course can be taken after an eight-semester bachelor’s course has been completed. The focus here is on a comprehensive master’s thesis on an individual design topic.

Course of study

The four-semester master’s course offers students conceptual project studies in the first two semesters; a study programme oriented towards individual focal areas can be assembled here from various elective choices. The course of study is completed by a master’s thesis that will visualise a complex concept.


The master’s courses are aimed at graduates with a bachelor’s or a ‘Diplom’ degree with an artistic/design emphasis. However, interested graduates of other disciplines who have relevant qualifications may also be admitted to a master’s course after taking the course-specific entrance test.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Brief information

  • Subject-specific project
  • Development of individual profile
  • Work on the student’s own design projects or selection from a range of options
  • Supplemented by course elements in theoretical elements and art and design studies
  • Duration: Two, three or four semesters
  • Degree awarded after one-semester master’s thesis

Standard duration of course

2 to 4 semesters, master’s thesis in last semester


There are no university fees


Information for course applicants