By 2050, 80% of the world’s population will be living in cities. Soaring urban population is already putting a strain on the city infrastructures like transportation systems and public spaces. At the same time, the environmental impact of the cities is also rising by the day. Therefore, we stand at the critical juncture where we must reimagine the urban eco-systems and design innovative and sustainable solutions.
With the emergence of advanced digital technologies, endless opportunities to design smart city infrastructure and solutions have opened up in areas like mobility, urban governance or the built environment. As city dwellers, we are already using digital solutions to improve our daily lives and reduce costs. For instance, we are using ride-sharing apps and checking road congestion on our devices. Technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), self-driving vehicles, smart-grid and big data solutions will play a major role in transforming how we live in the cities. However, technologies are simply tools. Realising the vision of smart cities demands more than just harnessing the new technologies.
We need experts who can visualise the concepts for innovative solutions for future and mobilise interdisciplinary teams in designing and delivering those solutions. With the Smart City Design master's specialisation, the Macromedia University aims to fill the skill gap and train the urban innovators and planners of tomorrow. They will be proficient in agile design methods like design thinking. As they will be working at the intersection of architecture, design, public policy and mobility, it is imperative that they have a thorough understanding of the urban challenges, risks and the relevant tools and technologies. A positive attitude towards change and motivation to actively shape the changes will fuel them while dealing with challenging projects in mobility, urban governance or the built environment.
How can cities design solutions tailored to their needs by drawing from innovations in the various sectors? How can Internet-of-Things (IoT), digitalisation and big data be applied in designing efficient and sustainable urban solutions? How will cities have to change to adapt to the evolving urban mobility systems? How to ensure human-orientation when implementing new technologies in city infrastructures such as transportation and the built environment? These are the examples of challenges you will learn to address during this Master’s specialisation in Smart City Design. If these challenges inspire you and motivate you, you are the right candidate for the Master’s specialisation in Smart City Design.
Career prospects after Smart City Design specialisation
By the time you graduate from the Master’s in Smart City Design from Macromedia University of Applied Sciences , you will have developed a clear overview of smart city design principles, urban services management, and the relevant tools and processes. Through practical examples and case studies, you will develop the confidence in applying design-thinking, transforming your ideas into actual solutions and leading projects in international settings.
You will have all the tools you need to envision future-oriented solutions and transform your idea into concrete testable solutions. Your versatility, expert knowledge and a demonstrated knack for innovative thinking make you an ideal candidate to plan and lead innovative projects within city governance, mobility companies, innovative start-ups and consulting companies. Some examples of potential roles are as follows:
- Design Manager
- City Marketing Manager
- Smart City Strategy Expert
- Manager in Business and Urban Solutions
- Manager in the Design and Urban Solutions
- Manager Smart City Mobility
- Coordinator Community Building
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Here is an excerpt of the topics covered in this Master's specialisation:
- Design project management
- Framework of design management, design theories and strategy
- Leadership, strategy and innovation processes
- Applied HCD and User Experience principles
- Urban structures and concepts
- Applied smart cities design
- Design and management of urban services
- Focus project and master’s thesis
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- 18 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- 90 ECTS and 120 ECTS for the 3-semester and 4-semester Master's respectively
DisciplinesArchitecture Civil Engineering & Construction Design View 13 other Masters in Civil Engineering & Construction in Germany
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
A Bachelor's degree with 210 ECTS for admission to the 3-semester Master's programme with 90 ECTS or a Bachelor's degree with 180 ECTS for admission to the 4-semester Master's programme with 120 ECTS.
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International13000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6500 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
EU/EEA13000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6500 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.