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Business & Management Distance Learning Design Management M.A.

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • 2/3/4 Semesters
  • Distance study
  • 60/90/120 ECTS
  • from €549/Month
  • without NC
  • state approved

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
  • monthly intakes
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Your programme content

This is what you will learn

Your goal is to lead through design.

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 549 per month (Total cost: EUR 13,725) for 90 ECTS
  • Accreditation: System-accredited
  • Certification: State approval by the ZFU (national central office for distance learning), No. 2107123 for 90 ECTS

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.

Our Master’s degree programme in Design Management offers practical and professionally sound content that prepares you for the intersection of design and management. Through partnerships with businesses and design companies, you will have the opportunity to experience and evaluate real-world problems and solutions. Our programme combines design, management, and research methods with creative and professional practice.

You will gain fundamental insights into design thinking and problem-solving at the intersection of management, including contemporary models and theories and the skills to apply them to your environment. You will develop both management and design knowledge, as well as sound communication skills to take on leadership roles in cre- ative environments. Using scientific methods, you will learn to design for a constantly evolving global environment. With your acquired professional and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, you will be able to manage increasingly complex design requirements successfully and responsibly in a wide range of organisations.

Your outlook

You will become an expert in design processes.

As an expert in design processes, you will become skilled in using design thinking to approach problems with a creative mindset. Design processes and design thinking are used throughout companies to generate innovative solutions. Your role will be to guide these creative processes successfully, drawing on your knowledge of both creative and management techniques.

This expertise will make you highly sought after in industries that require creative problem-solving, such as design and media agencies or product and service companies. You will have the opportunity to work in various positions within these organisations or lead creative teams as a Chief Design Officer. Your skills will open up exciting career opportunities for you to steer and guide companies towards success.

Design Management M.A.

Your Curriculum with 90 ECTS

3 Semester 90 ECTS
1. Semester
  • General Business Administration

  • Design Management Leadership

  • Design Research & Design Methods

  • Design Theory, Scientific Design Concepts & Design Science

  • Project 1 - Practice-based research

2. Semester
  • Marketing

  • Decision Making, Management and Design

  • Design Management Strategy

  • Design Systems & Designing in complexity

  • Project 2 - Research based project

3. Semester
  • Change Management

  • Master-Thesis

Curriculum for 90 ECTS pdf (464 KB)

Which Master's degree programme suits you?

60, 90 or 120 ECTS? How long and how in-depth you complete your Master's degree with us is up to you and depends on the ECTS you have acquired from your first degree. We will show you which requirements you should bring with you for the respective Master's variant and, of course, will be happy to check your admission in individual cases. For each option, you will also find the respective curricula as well as the individual financing models.

Overview of our Master's options

Ready to get started or still undecided?

Would you like to start your Design Management studies straight away or do you need a bit more time to think about it? Whatever steps you intend to take, we are here for you! Our services are designed to make it easy for you to take the right decision. Find out more about the contents, perspectives and specialisations of your distance learning programme in our brochure - and then take your time to decide. Click on the button below to get your digital Broschüre now.

Ready to get started?

Then register. Secure your spot in the Design Management distance learning programme.
Download the registration form and fill it out at home.

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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Would you like to start your distance learning studies in Design Management, but are still undecided? Your personal brochure will give you more information about the content and options of your degree programme.

Your free online brochure includes information about:

  • SRH Distance Learning University
  • English study programmes
  • Admission requirements
  • Tuition fees
  • and more
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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

  • Flex 1: 18 monthly instalments à 699 €, totalling 12,582 €
  • Flex 2: 25 monthly instalments à 549 €, totalling 13,725 €*

* The Flex 2 option is only bookable with residency in the EU and in Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom.

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.
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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.
  2. Or simply download the PDF application for enrolment and send it completed to