Social Design & Sustainable Innovation

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • 4 Semesters
  • on campus
  • 120 ECTS
  • €800/Month
  • Full time

Do you want to create what the world really needs? With the Master in Social Design you can become a designer for eco-social change and learn to develop innovative design ideas for the social challenges of our time.

  • English
  • summer and winter semester
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M.A. Social Design & Sustainable Innovation
What you learn in the M.A. Social Design

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
Your career

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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Study Plan MA Social Design & Sustainable Innovation Your curriculum

4 Semester 120 ECTS
1. Semester

First Semester

  • 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
2. Semester

Second Semester

  • 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
3. Semester

Third Semester

  • 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
4. Semester

Fourth Semester

  • Master's Thesis + Colloquium 30
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Admission requirements
Our requirements

The Master's in Social Design & Sustainable Innovation is aimed at graduates of all disciplines. The admission requirement is a completed first degree. Students applying from abroad are requested to provide proof of adequate English language skills, both verbal and written (level B2 minimum). Applicants also undergo a selection procedure.

Checklist for your online application:

  • official copy of your university or college degree certificate
  • transcript of records
  • proof of English language proficiency
  • 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:

  • Pearson English Test Academic (PTE-A) 59 points
  • Duolingo 95 Pts
  • TOEFL 87 ibt (direct recording)
  • TOEFL 79 - 86 ibt (with additional agreement)
  • TOEIC 785 (Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150)
  • IELTS (academic) 6.5 average - deviations from this rule are governed by the current version of the Language Centre's guidelines
  • CAE (grade A, B, or C)
  • CPE (grade A, B or C)
  • FCE (grade A, B or C)

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Fees and Funding
Your tuition fees

As a state-recognised, private university, the SRH Berlin University 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.

Tuition fees

  • citizenship | EU/EEA (incl. Switzerland, Western Balkans): 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.


You can finance your studies through BAföG, student loans, education funds and scholarships. The possibilities vary according to nationality. You can find more information under "Financing your studies". Our Student Advisory Service will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Application process and deadlines

We are happy to welcome you to our university. This is our application process:

  1. You submit your online application via the SRH Application Portal
  2. If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to a personal/phone interview
  3. If the interview is successful, you will receive an acceptance letter and the study contract
  4. You sign the study contract and send it back to us
  5. You pay the enrolment fee (all students) and – if you are a non-EU/non-EEA student – the 3-month deposit
  6. You will receive your letter of admission
  7. You take part in our Welcome Week and then you are good to go!
Get started now Your path into the future
  • 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
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