Design Futures (Master of Arts)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 4
  • Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters (part-time study is possible)
  • Workload: 120 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October

Admission requirements

_A professional qualification first university degree which the Master study course is based on, e. g. in industrial design or in a design related subject of engineering, social sciences and humanities. Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:

_Evidence of programme specific aptitude by passing the aptitude test at the Folkwang University of the Arts.

Language requirements

_If you did not obtain your university entrance qualification at a German school, language level B2 is to be proven at the time of enrolment.


_The required levels of language skills at Folkwang University of the Arts are in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


_No application fee is charged for your application for M.A. Design Futures


_No tuition fees are charged at Folkwang.


_Each semester all students have to pay a social contribution for the services of the Student Union, a student contribution for the work of the AStA (General Student Committee) and the VRR/NRW ticket. A breakdown of the amounts plus information on how to pay is available here.


Folkwang actively supports the call of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to train people with disabilities as artists and therefore particularly welcomes applications for the guest student programme, regular study courses and requests for inclusive cooperation projects. Prospective students should make use of the possibility of a counselling meeting with the  Representative for students with disability or chronic illness in advance.

Application documents

Applications must be submitted via the Folkwang Application Portal by the end of the application period on 15 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications from 15 January to 15 March.

For the application you have to upload the following in the portal:


_Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (desired)

_Passport photograph (optional)

_School-leaving certificate from the last school attended

_If applicable, degree certificate, transcript of records and/or certificate of enrolment from the university(ies) attended to date

_If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test or other international educational achievements that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:




_A portfolio as a PDF file with a meaningful documentation of previous work samples.


The portfolio as a PDF file can contain study projects, free projects, texts, etc. and must include an approx. one-page DIN A4 "Letter of Intent" that vividly conveys one's motivation and future direction for the Master's programme.


_the portfolio must be given as a link in the online application

_Declaration that the submitted representative chapter has been prepared independently

Aptitude test

The procedure takes place in two stages. First, a pre-selection is made on the basis of the submitted portfolio. The submitted work will be evaluated according to the quality of design, craftsmanship and conception and the subject-specific interest.


Applicants who appear qualified on the basis of their submitted work samples will be invited to the main procedure.


The main procedure consists of an approx. 20-minute interview with the examination committee electronically via video conference. The topics of the interview are the submitted work samples and the future direction of the study project. The interviews serve to better assess the creative work, the conceptual understanding, the ability to reflect, the rhetorical expression, the social competence as well as the study and subject-specific interest.


Information on the procedure can be found in the aptitude test regulations (in German):


Nr. 408: Ordnung zur Feststellung der künstlerischen Eignung für den Masterstudiengang Kommunikationsdesign vom 23.12.2021


Only after you have successfully applied for a study place is your last step in the application process enrolment. Enrolment takes place at the end of September for the start of studies in October and at the end of March for the start of studies in April. Please refer to your letter of admission for the exact period.

Further information on the procedure and documents can be found on the websites on enrolment.