24 months
1350 EUR/year
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 MA Eco-Social Design supports students to invent and co-develop the professional practice that fits with them and with today's realities, challenges and potentials.

The variety of jobs in the traditional domain of design is already very broad and continues to expand. Eco-Social Design offers the possibility to set up your own design agency, work for interdisciplinary design agencies and/or collaborate with partners who are committed to environmental, social and political progress, such as NGOs, foundations, and public institutions, citizen groups, cooperatives and social enterprises.

The expanding market of organic, eco-friendly and ethical products and services, the sharing economy and other innovative “alternative economies” create emergent fields for work opportunities to our graduates. For example, Community Economies and Commoning provide exciting contexts to contribute to, and to benefit from, new modes of work, production and consumption.

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

Applications for the 2022 intake are open from 1 March to 28 April 2022 for both EU and non-EU citizens, and from 19 May to 8 July 2022 for EU citizens only.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A bachelor degree in one of the following Italian degree classes or an equivalent qualification gained abroad:

  • Disegno industriale
  • Scienze dell’Architettura
  • Scienze della pianificazione territoriale, urbanistica, paesaggistica e ambientale
  • Disegno industriale
  • Scienze dell’architettura e dell’ingegneria edile
  • Urbanistica e scienza della pianificazione territoriale, urbanistica, paesaggistica e ambientale

Entry level (to gain admission)

  • English: B2

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1350 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1350 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Bolzano - Bozen

750 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano


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