Masters in
Communication Design

2019: Stuffed Birds

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Gutenberg Intermedia

The aim of this master's degree program is to train particularly talented graduates from bachelor's and master's programs in the field of cross-media design practice and research, to deepen their qualifications and to provide them with a creative environment for design experiments.

The basic parameters have changed - the media where communication design can be found today are in a state of flux. The role of the observer has also changed: to become an active participant in design processes. But the tasks and self-image of the designers have also changed as a result. They are seen less and less in a traditional role in which the given design is merely translated. Rather, as visual authors, they take on responsibility for the content and reflect social, technical and cultural contexts in their designs.

In the Gutenberg Intermedia master's degree program, you will deepen your creative knowledge in interdisciplinary design projects and acquire analytical and conceptual skills in accompanying courses. You will rethink the content and methods of design work in an intensive studio atmosphere with your own workspaces, which encourages a constant dialog with lecturers and other students. In addition, you can directly implement design experiments and printmaking techniques in the workshops for photography, screen printing, offset printing and bookbinding, as well as in the interactive workshop and computer pools.

Your professional prospects

Graduates of the master's degree program will work primarily in positions where a high degree of professional and personal competence is required. In addition to a self-employed entrepreneurial activity, possible professional fields are those of Art Director or Creative Director. As a communications designer you work in education and research, in agencies, publishing houses, design offices, cultural institutions and design departments in industry and media. Working as a design writer in the publishing sector is another possible career perspective. The Master of Arts degree is also a prerequisite for doctoral studies and enables you to pursue a career in higher-level civil service.

Studying and family

Our University has been awarded the certificate "Family-friendly university". Mainz University of Applied Sciences guarantees all students childcare facilities for children starting at the age of six months. For further information please contact the University's Equal Opportunities Representative.

At a glance

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 3 semesters
Starting semester: winter semester
Portfolio submission: 14 June
Online application: 15 July

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The most important questions and answers regarding the master's degree program Gutenberg Intermedia.

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Design in Mainz

Find out more about communication design at Mainz University of Applied Sciences and visit our blog.

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Online shop

Mainz University of Applied Sciences is one of the first design schools in Germany with an online shop for publications and design objects. There you can view and order selected publications of the Communication Design degree program online.

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What's in Store for You

The master's degree program is designed as a full-time program and is divided into four modules. In the first two semesters you will take courses and workshops from modules 1 to 3, while the third semester is reserved for your master's thesis.

At the heart of your education is the Intermedia project, in which a complex task is worked on across media. This extensive design task trains not only your creative skills, but also your organisational abilities. The Intermedia project is accompanied by several workshops in which different methods are used to go into the topic in more depth.

The subjects media theory, media technology, design management and cultural orientation offer you an overview of current social, cultural and technological developments in the communications industry, providing you with an opportunity to gain insight into current theoretical discourses.

In the micro modules Research and Analysis you will learn how to work scientifically. You will be prepared to work independently on a research project in the field of communication design.

The master's thesis combines creative and theoretical research. It requires artistic-conceptual and scientific-reflective skills. Your master's thesis will be accompanied by two mentors, one of whom may come from an external environment.

Course catalog and schedule — Summer semester 2019 (only available in German)

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Program Structure

Intermedia ProjectIntermedia ProjectMaster's thesis
Media TechnologyDesign Management
Cultural OrientationMedia Theory


no idea is not a good idea.

illustration, editorial design, advertising
Master Studies Program in Communication Design 2019 / 20
Hochschule Mainz

Some ideas you can laugh at, others you don’t get. And some ideas are just dreadfully stupid. But ideas are what drive communication design. If you agree and after having finished your Bachelor’s degree, feel like something more could happen, than you should apply for Stuffed Birds. Whether you see your main focus in illustration, editorial design or advertising doesn’t matter – perhaps you haven’t even decided yet; in any case in our Master Studies Program you will think first, then act.

Information session

Happy Stuffed Birds – informative event

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 at 2 p.m.

Holzstraße 36, Room 4.09
Hochschule Mainz

We’d be glad to have a look at your portfolio.

deadline for portfolio and proposal:
14 June 2019

first week of July 2019

online application:
by 15 July 2019

Program starts at the beginning of October 2019


Detailed information about the program of the current master's degree program.

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Degree program events

Here you can find more information about the different projects in our degree program (only available in German).

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 Design Lab

The institute views itself as an interface between research and teaching in communication design. Free and applied research and third-party funded projects are institutionally anchored through the Institute of Design Laboratory Gutenberg (only available in German).

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Catherine de Assis Borttscheller
Secretary Communication Design

+49 6131 - 628 2211
kd (at)

Mareike Knevels
Assistant Communication Design

+49 (0) 6131 - 628 - 2257
mareike.knevels (at)

Katharina Wons 
Secretary Communication Design

+49 6131 - 628 2212
kd (at)

Julia-Jasmin Ahrendt
Assistant Communication Design

+49 (0) 6131 - 628 - 2252
julia.ahrendt (at)

Marie-Theres Birk
Assistant Communication Design

+49 (0) 6131 - 628 - 2255
marie-theres.birk (at) 

Office hours



Room H3.02
kd (at)

Mo–Thu 10 am –12 pm


Room H3.06
assistenz-kd (at)

Mo–Thu 10 am – 1 pm


Mainz University of Applied Sciences
School of Design
Holzstraße 36
55116 Mainz