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The "Integrated Design" bachelor's degree integrates different creative and scientific approaches from design areas and design-related disciplines. In a flexible study structure of seven semesters, the students acquire not only design, analytical and conceptual specialist knowledge, but also extensive methodological knowledge from at least ten subject areas and learn to systematically understand and use the diversity of design. These qualifications are supplemented by the promotion of intercultural experience and language skills. The course enables students to work on current tasks in the field of design in a design and solution-oriented manner,

The “Integrated Design” bachelor's degree program offers two fields of study, which students choose at the end of their first year of study at KISD. 

"Integrated Studies in Design" courses of study

In the "Integrated Studies in Design" course, students work in projects and seminars on complex design processes across semesters and acquire a broad knowledge of the content, working methods and methodologies of design. In doing so, they develop comprehensive analytical, conceptual and creative skills and combine these with intercultural and international experience. Self-initiated teaching and research projects allow them to develop their own interests and set individual priorities. They are supported and supported in a mentoring program that gives them the opportunity to rethink and discuss their development as designers over and over again


As an institute of the Technical University of Cologne, the KISD Cologne International School of Design is part of one of the largest state universities in Europe. It offers a project and student-centered learning and research environment that leaves room for independent study design.

Study integratively . Since the establishment of the design department at TH Köln, we have relied on a structure that overcomes traditional and outdated subject boundaries and integrates different design approaches, methods and practices. In our bachelor's degree, students work in at least ten of the twelve subject and teaching areas at KISD. In this way, technical design perspectives are systematically brought together to form a holistic understanding of design practice and theory.

Study interdisciplinary . As an integral part of our everyday and knowledge culture, design is integrated into complex relationships. In our holistic approach, design can only be viewed and developed using different scientific and creative disciplines. In projects and seminars, our students get to know the variety of theories and methods and how to integrate them into their own work. The KISD maintains numerous partnerships with international and regional companies, institutions and associations. Many research and development projects are carried out in close cooperation with industry, so that students get a well-founded insight into practice.

Study internationally . In its study programs, the KISD relies on an active internationalization strategy. Numerous projects are carried out together with international universities and companies. International teachers are invited every semester, intercultural and transcultural phenomena and processes are examined and designed. With a high proportion of international students, KISD focuses on promoting intercultural skills, and a large part of the courses offered are in English. The bachelor’s degree offers two fields of study, giving you the opportunity to study in an international context, to gather intercultural experience and to use this later in your own work.

The course at KISD is project-oriented and promotes cross-semester collaboration so that students not only learn with, but also from one another. The projects are supplemented by seminars, lectures, courses, working groups and workshop introductions as well as by the mentoring program accompanying the course.

The structure of the course of studies is only partially organized in a linear manner. In each semester, the students choose the events they are interested in from a wide range of courses, simply following general information on the type and number of events. This results in individual courses of study that promote personal responsibility and the uniqueness of the students from the first semester. The four study phases "Discoveries", "Connections", "International" and "Focus" provide orientation.

»Discoveries« : In the first two semesters, the focus is on getting to know and understand design as a field of thought and action that penetrates our everyday reality intensively and calls for different design perspectives. The students learn to use typical design work forms and techniques, make contact with other students and teachers and familiarize themselves with the changeable roles of designers in project work.

“Connections” : In the third and fourth semesters, students penetrate “Integrated Design” as a field of theory, action and design that is essentially determined by connections between different design areas as well as between the design process and other sciences. In formats such as the “Intermediate Project”, they learn to create these connections themselves and set their own thematic and practical design priorities.

»International« : The fifth semester is all about international and intercultural experiences. Through a stay abroad at one of our 45 partner universities within and outside Europe or through an international focus in their studies in Cologne, students gain a new perspective on their personal professional career.

»Focus« : In the sixth and seventh semesters, students set individual priorities through elective courses, their own project work and their bachelor thesis and develop a personal profile. At the same time, this phase serves to prepare for starting a career with suitable offers.


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