The one-year MSc. program is conducted by Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. It is conceived as a preparatory step towards a doctoral study. It strives to integrate design and research, which are often perceived as separate disciplines. The practical experience of design gained by participants in previous study semesters and in professional practice provides the basis for an approach to design now primarily based on research and analysis.
The core of the MSc. Programme, communicated using different teaching methods with the participation of the three aforementioned partner institutions, relies on three thematic building blocks: Design as research – analysis of the synthesising practices; design as projection – anticipation and intervention strategies; design in the world – impact and application. The participants gain sound scientific knowledge and competencies on the basis of tasks that are both practice-orientated and forward-looking. The successfully completed MSc. programme includes entitlement to study for a doctorate. Moreover, the programme fosters personal growth and as such paves the way for a meaningful level of social engagement. The MSc. programme COOP Design Research opens up professional perspectives in the fields of research and teaching, design and cultural studies and curatorial practice.
Students apply with a letter of intent, referring thereby to one of the three thematic building blocks. The modules combine theory and practice and research-orientated and projective studies: The teaching formats combine and give equal weight to the formulation of analysis and experimentation, text and image, material and object.