Design

Faculty of Design

The studies at the Faculty of Design at HTW Dresden are focused on the integrative design of hybrid products and applications, in which physical, medial and communicative aspects of design are addressed in an integrated manner from the very beginning. The Bachelor's degree programme »Design: Product and Communication (BA)«, a 7-semester programme, is followed by the new consecutive 3-semester Master's degree programme »Design: Products and Interactions (MA)«.

Students are provided with plenty of space to experiment and explore their individual themes. The focus is on the development of a critical awareness in dealing with questions of aesthetics, sustainability, digitalisation and the social implications of design.

With currently approx. 150 students and 9 professors, the study programmes are characterised by their personal, direct and communicative atmosphere. The faculty offers dialogue-oriented work in small groups and an intensive engagement with the aesthetic, technical, cultural and social dimensions of the design field. The curriculum conveys both practical design skills as well as theoretical skills in project-oriented courses. The programmes are centred around designerly approaches to transform abstract ideas into concrete forms, to solve problems in regard to the usage of complex hybrid products, and to tackle tricky questions in regard to how we, as a society, want to live and work together in the future.

Founded in 1992, the Faculty of Design draws on over thirty years of experience in product design. Numerous design awards, patents and spin-offs by graduates bear witness to the success of the educational profile. The engineering context of HTW Dresden and the proximity to numerous cultural and research institutions in Saxony, as well as to cooperation partners from industry, offer ideal conditions for the development of new design solutions.

The studios, laboratories and workshops of the faculty are currently still located in the historic buildings of the university. In 2023, all facilities of the Faculty of Design will move to a new building currently under construction on the HTW campus.

Current Events

Apply Now for the Master‘s Programm: »Design: Products and Interactions«

Application possible until the 15th of November!

Click here, for details on how to apply.

 

Werkschau – Summer Show 2022

The Werkschau is a design show at the end of each term, presenting works form the two degree programs »Design: Product and Communication« Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and »Design: Products and Interactions« Master of Arts (M.A.)

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Design: Produkt- und Kommunikation - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Unter „Produkt“ verstehen wir heute nicht nur materielle, sondern auch softwarebasierte Produktlösungen und vernetzte Services, die, begleitet durch medial inszenierte Kommunikation, Zielgruppen emotional und differenziert ansprechen. Sie haben Ideen für die Entwicklung dieser Produkte und Nutzungsstrategien in einer digitalisierten Welt? Es interessiert Sie, mit welchen Programmen und Technologien neue Produkte und Services in der Zukunft entworfen werden? Dann ist dieses Studium genau das Richtige für Sie.

Design: Product and Communication – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Today, the term »product« does not just refer to physical objects and goods, but also to software-based product solutions, networked services and applications that, via communication across a variety of media, address and affect users in highly differentiated ways. Do you have ideas for the development of new products, communication concepts and usage strategies? Are you interested in the ways that new technologies will be used to design products and services for the future? Then this degree programme is just right for you.

Degree

Bachelor

Study type

Full-time

Begin

Winter semester

Accredited until 31st August 2025 by HTW Dresden
Accredited until 31st August 2025 by HTW Dresden

Period of study

7 Semester(s)

ECTS credits

210

Teaching language

German

Design: Products and Interactions - Master of Arts (M.A.)

Der Master »Design: Products and Interactions« ist ausgerichtet auf die Gestaltung hybrider interaktiver Produkte, bei denen Materialität und Medialität von Beginn an symbiotisch zusammen gedacht und entwickelt werden. Technische und handwerkliche Fertigkeiten im Umgang mit zeitgemäßen Entwurfswerkzeugen sind hierfür ebenso wichtig wie planerische Fähigkeiten und abstraktes Vorstellungsvermögen.

Design: Products and Interactions - Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master's programme »Design: Products and Interactions« focuses on the design of hybrid interactive products in which materiality and mediality are symbiotically interconnected and developed in sync right from the very beginning. Technical and craft skills in commanding contemporary design tools are just as important as planning skills, aesthetic sensitivity and abstract imagination. The programme is the right match for design students who want to deepen their specialisation and pursue their individual design research interests and projects.

Degree

Master

Study type

Full-time

Begin

Summer semester

Accredited until 31st August 2029 by HTW Dresden
Accredited until 31st August 2029 by HTW Dresden

Period of study

3 Semester(s)

ECTS credits

90

Teaching language

German

Contact

Secretary's office
Faculty of Design | HTW Dresden
Seminar Building Room S 422
Phone: +49 351 462 2147
Fax: +49 351 462 2184
​​​​​​​katja.gaertner(at)htw-dresden.de

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Faculty of Design
Friedrich-List-Platz 1
01069 Dresden
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