18 months
415 EUR/module
415 EUR/module
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The Master of Arts program Research in Design, Art and Media from University of Applied Art, Design and Media, Stuttgart is aimed at individuals who seek to develop new methods for practice-based artistic research and production.


The Design, Art and Media program from University of Applied Art, Design and Media, Stuttgart welcomes international graduates with degrees in film, art or design, as well as scholars with a university background. Merz Akademie equips students to rigorously interrogate the complex questions of a media-saturated world and generate new and meaningful insight. We realize these aims through a combination of in-depth education in theory and critical analysis and an emphasis on practical design and tech skills, grounded in an individualized and interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The ubiquity and ease of producing and disseminating digital video, audio, photography, graphic design and VR technology today has created new spaces for creative expression, new ways of conceiving artistic practices and communicating research. Artists, designers and humanities scholars alike must come to terms with a mediascape comprised of multiple formats – from text and data to audiovisual and interactive web. The importance of interdisciplinary fluency is more pronounced than ever, necessitating exploratory solutions to emerging and ever-changing challenges.

Careers for the Future

Over the past 30 years, digital media forms and formats have revolutionized the text- and print-based practices that once governed research and communication. The traditional roles of both the artist and humanities scholar are in flux, struggling to respond to the exigencies of a changing world.  As digital communication and curatorship play an increasingly important role in in the artistic and applied realms, the importance of an education that plays across realms has never been more profound.

Graduates are able to identify socially relevant topics, to outline and work on open questions based on these topics, and to articulate their findings in an engaging media format. The program’s interdisciplinary emphasis ensures that students will be well-equipped to enter the workforce with a competitive advantage thanks to their breadth of knowledge and multi-faceted, adaptable creative toolkit.

Programme Structure

  • Research in Design, Art and Media: We take the title of the program seriously. Our goal is to use design, art and media as tools for research – not merely to conduct research about them. We empower students to produce thoughtful intermedial research and creative projects in response to these questions, supporting them with close mentorship and offering them the freedom to pursue their studies in diverse directions.
  • The program is highly personalized, centering on intimate collaboration and individualized advising. Students work with professor-mentors in their self-identified fields of specialization and are given exceptional freedom to select their own route. 
  • The program’s interdisciplinary nature allows it to be both individualized and collaboratively-grounded: whatever route you choose, we will support your work and draw connections between your practice and that of others, opening new lines of inquiry and exploration.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 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

  • Applicants need a first university degree (Bachelor or Diploma) qualifying them for a profession in an artistic/design or humanities/cultural studies programme.
  • Applicants whose Bachelor’s degree comprises 180 ECTS credits must earn 30 credits in the form of additional, study-relevant achievements within the framework of a pre-semester in order to complete the Master’s programme with 300 ECTS credits. In this case, the duration of study is 4 semesters.
  • Graduates whose first degree is based on another credit scheme may apply for both options and will be admitted to either one according to their preparedness based on the length and rigour of their previous programme.
  • At the time of application, all students should speak at least C2 level English and B2 level German.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    415 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 415 EUR per module during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    415 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 415 EUR per module during 18 months.

The tuition fees for the Master’s programme currently amount to 415 euros per month. 

Living costs for Aachen

813 - 1131 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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