Course content and objectives
The focus is on strengthening the knowledge in design expertise and methodology. Another focus is on the analysis of current questions related to culture and social sciences as well as to the humanities. Also the latest insights into research and development, new procedures, technologies and materials are highlighted.
Welcome to the DIA, the Dessau International Architecture Graduate School!
At the Architecture (DIA) program from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, we are proud to offer a kind of architecture education that you won’t find anywhere else in Germany. In a unit system focused on intensive work in small studios — run by a great variety of professionals both from within the university and from architecture offices all around the world — we offer a design-oriented curriculum, leading to an internationally accredited Master of Arts Degree.
In almost twenty years, the DIA has established itself as a lively architecture school of international acclaim. Founded as the Dessau Institute of Architecture in 1999, the DIA quickly grew into Germany’s largest English Language Graduate programme in architecture. To reflect this while sticking with its original label, the DIA was later dubbed Dessau International Architecture Graduate School.
Today, with more than 200 students in its two-year programme, the DIA offers an inspiring atmosphere to study architecture. In a community that is truly international, young people from over 50 different countries meet in Dessau. They all join to study architecture in a place that is unique — and has a great legacy. The Bauhaus, to the west of our campus, still lures thousands of people to Dessau. With the DIA, Dessau once more is home to an architecture school, attracting young talents from all over the world. Again, Dessau is the place to explore topical questions, just as the Bauhaus did in its day, and probably would do if it was still there today.
Once more, the question is: What should the world that we live in be like? How does it look? How does it feel? And once more, the focus is on design education. We firmly believe that architects are responsible for providing society with the forms it needs. Hence, we design. We believe our knowledge ought to be in form.
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- Architectural History and Theory
- German Culture and Language
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArchitecture Design Urban Planning View 27 other Masters in Design in Germany
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- In order to apply to the DIA you have to have completed an undergraduate degree in architecture. We accept both Bachelor and Diploma degrees with a minimum 3 year of regular curriculum. Either has to amount to 180 credits in order to be eligible. It is preferable that during your study you have completed a minimum of two semesters of architecture history.
- Please prepare a pdf.-portfolio with 3 recent projects. If possible include academic as well as professional projects. The projects should be presented in a way that your skills and the way you work become visible. The number of pages and layout is not defined but should be reasonable.
International1812 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 906 EUR per semester during 24 months.
EU/EEA1812 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 906 EUR per semester during 24 months.
Every student is expected to pay 850.- € / admin. fee for DIA Master Program plus 86,-€ / admin.
Living costs for Bernburg
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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