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What you will learn
The Master's degree in Social Design & Sustainable Innovation challenges the current system and thinks design from the perspective of the social and planetary state of emergency. The goal: the education of a new, radical, revolutionary generation of designers. You will work with practices such as artistic research, cooperation, co-creation and other methods of qualitative research. The overall goals are fairness, transparency and sustainability.
Social design, social campaigning, corporate design in a social context, socially engaged art, digital innovation, social design theory and design practice in the context of visual communication, editorial design, photography, film and web development and design thinking form the cornerstones of the programme. Within these key themes, you will work with collaborative partners from the (creative) industries and other organisations on social innovations, campaigns and design solutions for a sustainable future. In projects with real-world partners, you will design effective solutions and concrete visions for a better world.
Think and design in a social and innovative way
Social Design & Sustainable Innovation can mean a significant difference in cultural and business organisation, leading to more real and digital innovation. The professional skills are derived from mastering the respective design disciplines paired with methodologies of social change that are combined.
Graduates take up traditional and new design professions with an extended and scientifically sound design, thinking and action approach. They work as art directors, designers, consultants, project managers, web developers, change managers, curators for companies and institutions. The Master of Arts degree prepares students for a doctoral or PhD degree programme, which opens the way in particular to academic careers in teaching and research.
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Social Campaign for change in care
M.A. students design nationwide campaign to draw attention to the poor working conditions and lack of appreciation in nursing and healthcare. If not now, when ...
Design Thinking as Method of Social Innovation
Students design community space in a refugee camp in Lebanon. They use design thinking processes to design the space in such a way that it has an activating effect and that creative and positive impulses can arise.To the project & book
Foreign and Foreigness | "This is (not) my story."
German and Lebanese students deal with the topic of "Foreign and Foreignness" in interdisciplinary workshops and create essays, films, photo series, graphics and installations that reflect the realities of life for refugees in Germany and Lebanon.To the project & book
Heaven above Beirut
Students from the Berlin School of Design and Communication and the ALBA Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts capture Beirut in pictures. The photographs were taken before the devastating explosion in August 2020 and show the struggle of a city for its existence and identity, but also as a place of longing.To the project & book
Meet our study advisors and learn how our application system works and which documents and proofs you need to provide. 3 pm CETEvent
Get to know the Berlin School of Design and Communication and our communication and design programmes in Berlin!Event
Video Project: Social Spots for UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Master Class Social Design and Sustainable Innovation creatively explored the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and designed and produced Social Spots. Under the direction of professor Gilbert Beronneau, films were created by students that humorously and seriously portray the challenges facing humanity in connection with the preservation of the planet.
Social Spots for SDG 10 & 14
Project Workshop: Urban Design
Study Plan MA Social Design & Sustainable Innovation Your curriculum
- Social Design Science + Practices A 5
- Design Research 5
- Social Campaigning 5
- Art, Society + Change 5
- Marketing and Branding 5
- Profession and Best Practice I 5
- Social Design Science + Practices B 5
- Sustainable Innovation I 5
- Sustainable Innovation II 5
- Social Design Internship 5
- Sociology and Branding 5
- Profession and Best Practice II 5
- Design Thinking / Research 5
- Design Thinking / Synthesis and Creation 5
- Design Thinking / Realisation and Prototyping 5
- Social Design Manifesto + Portfolio 5
- Design Practices 5
- Profession and Best Practice III 5
- Master's Thesis + Colloquium 30
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Do you want firsthand information? Our students are happy to share their experiences with you, tell you about their courses, their projects and student life in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden.
The Master's in Social Design & Sustainable Innovation is aimed at university graduates of all disciplines.
Checklist for your online application:
- Bachelor's degree - please submit your degree certificate and your transcript of records. If you do not have the degree certificate yet, you can also submit it before you start your studies.
- Letter of motivation
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Secondary School Certificate
- Curriculum vitae
- Two to three creative works on the topic of "Why change?", in the form of film, text, photo, illustration or in another creative form of expression
Here are the English requirements you should bring along:
- Duolingo 95 Pts
- TOEFL 87 ibt (direct entry)
- TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
- TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
- IELTS (academic) 6.5 average - please see Language Centre guidelines if results differ
- CAE (grade A, B, or C)
- CPE (grade A, B or C)
- FCE (grade A, B or C)
- Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A) 59 points
- Linguaskill: 176 - 184 (CES) - all four skills required
You don't feel prepared yet? More information about the Academic English Preparation Course
Fees and Funding
Your tuition fees
As a state-recognised, private university, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is financed by tuition fees. This revenue goes towards equipping our campus, providing services for our students, and quality assurance. In this way we ensure that you receive the best possible education under optimal study conditions.
- citizenship | EU/EEA (incl. Switzerland, Western Balkans and Ukraine): EUR 800 / month
- citizenship | Non-EU/EEA: EUR 5400 / semester
The monthly/semester tuition fees remain the same for the entire duration of the study programme.
An additional enrolment fee of EUR 500 (EU/EEA) / EUR 900 (non-EU/EEA) is to be paid once at the start of the programme.
Application process and deadlines
Please find the Application and Late Arrival deadlines here.
We are happy to welcome you to our university. This is our application process:
- You submit your online application via the SRH Application Portal
- If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to a personal/phone interview
- If the interview is successful, you will receive an acceptance letter and the study contract
- You sign the study contract and send it back to us
- You pay the enrolment fee (all students) and – if you are a non-EU/non-EEA student – a EUR 3000 deposit
- You will receive your letter of admission
- You take part in our Welcome Week and then you are good to go!
- You will take part in a step-by-step learning experience
- You will study in small teams through practice-oriented tasks
- You can concentrate on what is important in 5-week blocks
- You will receive individual support from your lecturers