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Integrated Product Design

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The world becomes increasingly interconnected, globalized and digitalized. These developments pose numerous challenges and opportunities that also directly influence the way we produce and use products. The Minor Programme Integrated Product Design responds to this increasingly complex context of product development. It provides exchange students with a valuable skill set needed for developing future-proof and sustainable products and product-service systems. This Minor has a modular structure. This enables students with different academic backgrounds and stages of specialization to partake in the Minor. It also allows students to follow their personal interests by choosing between a studio-based and a research-based design project. Students will also select from a number of additional courses to complement the chosen project.

During the Minor, exchange students team up with HdM degree students, building a strong and versatile creative community and enhancing their learning experience on many different levels. After completing the Minor (and depending on the choice of projects and courses), students will have acquired both practical and methodical skills in the areas of design research and project work. Students will also gain further knowledge in the areas of typography and creative printing, usability engineering, and innovation management, as well as sustainable design.

In order to attend this Minor, students are required to have a CEFR level B2 in English (i.e. intermediate/upper intermediate) or higher. Students are also required to submit a design portfolio as part of the application process. The portfolio needs to be submitted as a web link (preferred) or a PDF file, and it should consist of between 3 and 9 pieces of work.


Prof. Dr. Bernhard Dusch

Office184b (Technikbau)
Phone+49 711 8923-2802

Exchanges Team

Phone: +49 711 8923 2035