24 months
1350 EUR/year
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The 2-year practice-oriented and transdisciplinary Master in Eco-Social Design at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is an educational framework for designers that aim to contribute to more sustainable, resilient and fair futures — both locally and trans-locally.

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The Master in Eco-Social Design at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano  is not only about more eco-efficient products and services, but is striving for future-viable modes of production, consumption and life – for sustainable economies and cultures. Based on these general aims and values the design of products, spaces, processes, interactive applications and of cross-media communication is understood as an integrated task. Design is a catalyst of change.

With your projects you try to approach today's issues effectively and/or co-design concrete practices and visions for tomorrow. You are encouraged to experiment with alternative practices of collaboration and co-creation. The overarching goal: Good life for all! –  empowered and facilitated by excellent design.

You will learn how to use instruments of diverse design practices and research, besides incorporating into your creative work also perspectives and competences borrowed from social sciences and economics, and from sectors such as: business, activism, technology and the crafts. This equips you to develop your ways to approach complex issues with reflection, creativity and pragmatism.

You have possibility to set your personal focus, by choosing what to deepen within the rich set of design disciplines and sciences offered in the study program.

Career opportunities

The variety of jobs in the traditional field of design is already very broad and ranges from working in design studios to communication agencies and from in-house communication offices in companies to freelance activity.

Eco-social design also offers the possibility to collaborate with partners who are committed to:

  • environmental
  • social 
  • political change, like NGOs, foundations, local councils and other public institutions, cooperatives, citizen groups, not-for-profit enterprises and other social organisations.

 Also the expanding market of organic, eco-friendly and ethical products and services, the sharing economy as well as other forms of alternative economies, they all offer opportunities to our graduates. There is a lot of creative scope for designers who want to invent their own role.

This Master degree also enables you to continue further with your studies towards a practice-oriented doctoral degree.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Design Research 
  • Design & Production
  • Web & Media Design
  • Design and Materials
  • Digital Design & Fabrication
  • Information Design
  • Political Ecology 
  • Ecosocial Economics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Early Bird (for EU and non-EU citizens): 2 March - 28 April 

Late Application (for EU citizens only): 20 May - 10 July 


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
5.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Bachelor degree, University diploma or equivalent degree of another class or study qualifications earned abroad can be valued as adequate if, during your study career and before the beginning of the admission procedure, you have gained 10 credit points in the following fields: Design, Architecture and Spatial Planning, Landscape architecture, Interior Design, Cinema, Photography or Informatics.

Selection Criteria

Portfolio, outline of a project proposal and an interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1350 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1350 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Eco-Social Design
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