Business & Management Distance Learning
Design Management (M.A.)

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • 3 Semesters
  • Distance study
  • 90 ECTS
  • from €499/Month
  • part-time (studies)

The distance learning Master’s degree in Design Management (M.A.) prepares not only designers and managers, but also those seeking to design professionally in their relevant field, for the interface between design and management.

  • English
  • start anytime
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Your programme content
This is what you will learn

Your goal is to lead through design management. 
You are a designer, manager or have a strong interest in design. Well-managed design processes and creative teams as well as the professional management of creative processes inspire you. This degree programme is suitable for you if you have completed a Bachelor of Arts and would like to qualify for the management of design processes.

  • Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Credit points: 60 / 90 / 120 ECTS
  • Standard period of study: 2 / 3 / 4 semesters
  • Language: The programme is taught entirely in English
  • Start of studies: On the first day of each month 
  • Tuition fees: EUR 649 per month (Total cost: EUR 11,682) for 90 ECTS
  • Accreditation: System-accredited
  • Certification: Submitted for approval to the central office for distance learning (ZFU) 

Please note that some modules in your degree program require the use of Adobe Collection, Adobe XD or a comparable software. If you do not have access to use the Adobe Collection or Adobe XD, we recommend a student subscription or the use of the public domain software gimp, Pixlr X, Photopea Online, Figma and Hotjar, etc.

You are the interface between design and management.

We offer you practical and professionally sound content that optimally prepares you for the interface between design and management. Through cooperation with companies from business and design, you will experience and evaluate problems and solutions in a real-life environment. Our master's programme in Design Management combines design, management and research methods with creative and professional design and management practice. You will gain a fundamental insight into the thinking and problem-solving skills of design at the interface with management. This includes contemporary models and theories and the skills to apply them appropriately to the needs of the environment. You will develop both management and design knowledge. To take on management positions in the creative environment, you will acquire knowledge of various design directions and develop sound management and communication skills. Based on scientific methods, you will be able to design for a constantly evolving global environment. With the help of your acquired professional and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, you will be able to manage the increasingly complex design requirements successfully and responsibly in a wide range of organisations.

Your outlook
Your future in Design Management

You will become an expert in design processes.
Design processes and design thinking processes are used at various points in the company. For you as an expert in design processes, design thinking is not a method but a fundamental attitude towards problems. Your mission is to steer creative design processes appropriately and successfully, because you know and have reflected on both creative processes and management processes. Whenever creative solutions are required, whether in the classic product or service industry, you are in demand. This opens up career opportunities for you in classic design and media agencies or in industry. You will work in various positions in the company or have the design lead in creative teams. In the future, you can help steer and lead companies as Chief Design Officer.

Design Management M.A. Ihr Curriculum mit 90 ECTS

3 Semester 90 ECTS
1. Semester
  • General Business Administration 6
  • Design Management Leadership 6
  • Design Research & Design Methods 6
  • Design Theory, Scientific Design Concepts & Design Science 6
  • Project 1 - Practice-based research 6
2. Semester
  • Marketing 6
  • Decision Making, Management and Design 6
  • Design Management Strategy 6
  • Design Systems & Designing in complexity 6
  • Project 2 - Research based project 6
3. Semester
  • Change Management 6
  • Master-Thesis 24
Curriculum for 90 ECTS PDF 464 KB
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Accreditation & Rankings
Accreditation & Rankings

Our quality standards

You have high aspirations. And so do we. You can rely on the outstanding quality of our programmes. We are one of the few private universities that enjoy permanent state recognition.

We are system-accredited – which means that the excellent quality of our degree programmes is guaranteed, as is the recognition of your degree. The quality seal of the German Accreditation Council acknowledges the high standards of teaching and learning at our distance learning university. Moreover, we are entitled to use our tested quality assurance processes to accredit our degree programmes internally. You can therefore be sure that the degree you take will be up-to-date, application-oriented and methodologically tested. And you can rest assured that we plan, teach and assess according to certified processes.

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Admission requirements
These are your admission requirements (90 ECTS)

— Completed university degree or equivalent degree (min. 180 ECTS)

— Knowledge of the English language level B1

— Design-specific basic understanding

— At least one year of practical or professional experience

— If necessary, motivational interview

Tuition fees
These are your tuition fees

— 60 ECTS credits | € 749 per month | € 8,988 total

— 90 ECTS credits | € 649 per month | € 11,682 total

— 120 ECTS credits | € 549 per month | € 13,176 total


What you can count on with our payment model:

  • You are not required to set the duration of your distance learning programme before you start studying – in fact, you are entirely flexible. 
  • You can rest assured that we will support you for up to twice the length of the standard duration of studies – without charging you any additional fees. 
  • You will always receive the study materials in digital form.

Your application
This is how you can apply

Get started with your Design Management (M.A.) distance learning programme.

  1. The fastest way to apply for the Design Management (M.A.) distance learning programme is via our online application portal.
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