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Prospective Students

International Master of Interior-Architectural Design

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Start of programme: Winter semester
Application deadline: 15th of June
Standard duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Programme structure and schedule

The first, third and fourth semester are spent at the student’s home university. The second semester is spent studying in English at an IMIAD partner university. The start of the third semester sees all students at IMIAD partner universities participate in an intensive joint workshop held at a different location each year. The students then return to their home university to continue and complete their studies.
The first semester takes an in-depth look at conceptual and integrative design processes. Accompanying seminars include Design and Materials, Communication Methods and Light. The second semester is spent at an IMIAD partner university and focuses on skills required when working as part of an international team. The following specializations are available to students in their third semester: Detailed Design, Job-Specific Management, Sociology and Philosophy.
The programme ends with the writing of a master’s thesis over a four-month period in the fourth semester. The thesis requires students to tackle a self-selected task using their theoretical, practical and design skills. Taught content focusing on topic selection, knowledge engineering, scholarliness, time management and the formulation and presentation of the self-selected topic prepares students for the thesis-writing process. Their design-oriented thesis requires students to draw up a complex, practically oriented concept which takes both theoretical and aesthetic aspects into account. The thesis is presented and discussed in English with professors from partner universities.

Career prospects

The IMIAD programme adopts an international stance and gives graduates excellent job opportunities on both the domestic and international job market – not least because their master’s certificate is signed by all participating universities. Graduates leave well prepared for a career in interior design with management responsibilities. In particular, their eye for both detail and the bigger picture enables them to lead projects responsibly. Importantly, graduates are qualified for senior roles within the civil service as well as doctoral positions – thus giving them access to a broad range of potential career paths.


The programme holds accreditation awarded by ASIIN (an accreditation agency for programmes in the field of engineering, computer science, natural sciences and mathematics).