Master of Arts

Interactive Media Design

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Designing and researching future-oriented media

Our degree programme focuses on interaction and user experience design, the staging of interactive media in real and virtual spaces, cognition and perception of multimodal interactive media, game design and gamification, and much more.

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 3 semesters
  • Campus: Furtwangen
  • Faculty: Digital Media
  • Programme begins: winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester), 15 January (summer semester)
  • Entry requirements: Relevant, qualifying bachelor's degree. German: at least TDN 4 (TestDaF level 4), English: at least TOEFL score 76 (internet-based)
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Design interactive media You deal with interaction design in the context of human perception and information processing. In real and virtual spaces. From the first sketch to the user test.
  • Freedom to experiment The course offers you workshop-oriented learning, freedom to experiment and interdisciplinary projects. And a young faculty that takes time for you and your ideas.
  • High-end facilities, high-end ambitions Are rooms and labs have the latest equipment for creating interactive immersive experiences.
  • Your springboard to the future This degree is right for you if you see yourself as a manager in an agency, in industry or in media companies. And who knows -you might even take the plunge with your own start-up.

Details of programme

Programme content and structure

The first semester provides you with in-depth knowledge of the design and staging of multimodal human-machine interaction in prototypical, experimental applications. Taking into account information perception and information processing by humans.

In the second semester, you will successfully apply the skills you've acquired in your research and design project, as well as in the interaction design workshops and in game design. You will classify the results achieved in a scientifically and economically reflective manner.

In the thesis semester, you'll work independently on a design-related question on the topic of interactive media. The individual supervision offered by the faculty's lecturers ensures that you successfully complete your thesis and can then give yourself the title, Master of Arts.

Entry requirements

You need a relevant bachelor's degree. You should also feel at home in the world of media and already have a good understanding of the various areas of planning, design and production of interactive media. Send us three samples of your work. These work samples should be your own work from the broad spectrum of interactive media: This can be design, research and implementation from the areas of user experience design, interface design, interaction design or Internet of Things, for example. More information in our admission regulations.

If you are a graduate of a university degree programme or come from abroad and only have 180 ECTS points from your first degree, HFU will offer you a supplementary/transitional course.

If you have not yet received your degree certificate, please apply with a current transcript of records containing a provisional overall grade. You can usually obtain a current transcript of records from your university's examination office. Certified copies of your final degree certificate and your university entrance qualification (Abitur or similar) must be submitted at the latest when you enrol.

What's covered

Special features

During the Interactive Media Design programme, you can deepen your previous knowledge from a media-related degree course in three semesters. 
The informal environment at Furtwangen University and the personal contact with lecturers offer you an ideal environment for this. We are happy to help you with the individual planning of your master's degree. We'll also find a solution for your family and career together.

Around Furtwangen you will find the best leisure activities such as mountain biking, hiking and nordic skiing. If you can't do it yet - no problem - just give it a go

The design project

The design project is a unique feature of the Interactive Media Design master's. Over the course of an entire semester, you will gain experience in project management. Here you will learn the scientific and methodological approach and processing methods (structuring, information procurement including citation, preparation, documentation, conception and production). The projects are offered and supervised by our professors.

Your career prospects

Graduates of the Interactive Media Design MA programme are equipped with deep theoretical and practical knowledge and therefore have the best opportunities to successfully enter a diverse job market – taking leading positions in media agencies and companies or in the field of planning, design, research and production of future-oriented interfaces and interactions with digital products and virtual environments. Our graduates also have excellent prospects in the field of game design and the production of interactive audio and video productions.

The Internal link opens in the same window:cooperative doctoral programme enables our graduates to gain further academic qualifications after completing their master's degree.

Faculty of Digital Media

Something new is created when the tried and tested is questioned and rethought. This is still practiced today at Furtwangen University's Faculty of Digital Media. Whereby "old" in this context can be yesterday's innovation.
As one of the leading faculties for future media experts, we open the door to the world of media for our students. We educate young people who are curious and highly motivated. Who not only understand theory in depth, but also want to put it to the test in practice.

Internal link opens in the same window:More about the Faculty of Digital Media (DM)

Furtwangen University is one of the strongest research universities in the country. We have a dedicated research focus on computer science and media.  We find solutions for forms of information and communication that are specially tailored to people and their intellectual, auditory, tactile and visual needs. 

Find out more about the Internal link opens in the same window:current research projects at HFU.

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