Masters programme – Design and Computation

“Design & Computation” is  a new interdisciplinary, research-oriented joint Masters programme offered by the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) in collaboration. Here practical work is combined with the gain of expert knowledge from creative disciplines, the arts, natural science and humanities.

In the face of the blinding rate of technological development and societal transformation and of an ever more dynamic research culture, the Masters programme “Design & Computation” – a joint project of the TU and UdK – is geared for graduates of study programmes in the fields of art and design, engineering, the natural and social sciences and the humanities. The programme offers them the opportunity to combine  – in an interdisciplinary context and with the extensive expertise of both institutions – practical work with expert knowledge from creative and scientific disciplines.

The objective of the four-semester programme is to enable graduates to apply state-of-the-art technologies to design processes. They will learn to shape software systems according to their own requirements and to design bespoke applications, whilst reflecting critically about social and ethical aspects of computer-based designs. The conscious step beyond the disciplines should allow them to both grasp transdisciplinary research contexts and to confidentially function as initiators and pioneers in privately run companies.

In the course of the four semesters students will devote themselves to research and to the work on team-based projects that focus on an annual theme. In this way they will come to master and critically assess new technologies, media, materials and methods, and utilize them to solve specific challenges. The work will include free design, visualization in variable dimensions, literature research and specific scientific experiments. Professors of both universities, who bring together expertise in design, technology, the natural and social sciences and the humanities, will guide students through these processes. In addition, a comprehensive selection of elective courses and seminars from the portfolios of both institutions will give students the opportunity to adapt the programme to their own specific research visions.

Successful students will obtain a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with mention of their specific concentration.

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