Industrial Design M.Sc.

Image: Workwear for activating care, project "Nursing & growing old" in collaboration with universal design GmbH, Johanniter Unfallhilfe e.V. and the Hans-Sauer-Stiftung

Industrial Design Principles
The courses Industrial Design 1-3, Theory and History of Design, and Design Ecology form a foundation for the later design projects and master’s thesis.

Interdisciplinary Modules
In addition to courses in engineering, sociology, psychology and philosophy, students must take one elective module from theory of architecture, visual arts or ergonomics.

Design, Communication and Society
At the Chair of Industrial Design, a secondary aim of the education program is to stimulate public discourse on design topics. In these modules, students take an active part in this by staging events on communally relevant topics.

Design Enterprise
Over a period of two semesters, interdisciplinary teams develop products and services for prospective startups. In the context of a semi-real commission, the entrepreneurial aspects of realizing an industrial product are made clear. These modules are the largest element in the study program, aside from the master’s thesis.

The Design Enterprise module is undertaken in cooperation with students from the executive program of Innovation and Business Creation (EMBA) at the UnternehmerTUM.

Design Research

Research is acquiring ever-increasing importance for design. In the third and fourth semesters, students undertake research studies to examine the influence of empirical findings on design. In the process they will consider research on design, research by design and research for design.

Master’s Thesis
In the fourth semester, students write their master’s thesis, in which they undertake an academic examination of a design issue. The master’s thesis concludes with an oral colloquium.