The Master’s Degree Course Gutenberg Intermedia of the Hochschule Mainz, aims to qualify up to 16 gifted Bachelor and Diploma graduates in the areas of interdisciplinary medial design practice and research. The objective is to deepen their design qualifications and widen their conceptual and organisational skills.

The role and the self-image of the designer has changed. They see themselves less and less in the traditional role of the graphic designer who creatively «translates» the given themes. Instead they assume the role of «visual authors» who are taking responsibility for the contents, and who in their designs reflect social, technical and cultural contexts, with whole teams implementing substantial design projects. The Gutenberg Intermedia Course teaches the skills necessary for these processes. This is done within the framework of intermedial design projects, but also through the development and completion of an individual Master’s thesis. 


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Design in Mainz

Mainz, the city where Johannes Gutenberg invented printing with movable letters, today is home of one of Germany’s largest design faculties, including Communication Design, Media Design and Interior Architecture.
On a specially equipped Master’s floor, each student has a workplace which is accessible 24 hours a day. Workplace, printer, beamer, W-LAN etc. are supplied by the university; students should have their own laptops.
The department of Communication Design provides many different workshops and laboratories for design experiments: Photography studios and labs, Interactive Lab, Printing Workshops for Offset and Screen Printing, Letterpress and Printmaking, Book Binding Workshop, Computer Pools and an extensive library supplies latest magazines and publications for research.

Career Perspectives

Graduates of the Master’s course will mainly work in leading positions where a high level of professional and personnel competence is required. Apart from being self employed with one’s own enterprise, there are the professional areas of the Art Director, the Creative Director, the Communication Designer in Education and Research working for agencies, publishers, design studios, cultural institutions and the design departments in industry and the media. The Master of Arts Degree is also a requirement for candidates wishing to study for a PhD, and it qualifies for a career in senior service.

Studying and Family Life

University of Applied Sciences Mainz was awarded the certificate “Family Friendly University”. All students with children aged six months and over are guaranteed a place in childcare. Further details about the network of childcare providers can be obtained from the Equal Opportunity Officer at the University.

Master Programme 2016/2017
Directors of Studies

Prof. Charlotte Schröner
Prof. Monika Aichele

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Master Programme 2015/2016
Directors of Studies

Prof. Johannes Bergerhausen
Prof. Ulysses Voelker

Previous Themes

2014: Future Spaces
2013: Design for Participation

2012: How do I change the world?
2011: New – Future in Design
2010: Science & Design

Master Programme 2014/2015
Directors of Studies

Prof. Katja Davar / Drawing
Prof. Dr. Petra Eisele / Design History and theory
Prof. Holger Reckter  / Computer science
Prof. Anna-Lisa Schönecker / Information design
Prof. Bettina Tabel / Design management

Master Programme 2013/2014
Directors of Studies

Prof. Dr. Petra Eisele
Prof. Dr. Isabel Naegele
Prof. Philipp Pape
Prof. Holger Reckter

Master Programme 2012/2013
Directors of Studies

Prof. Johannes Bergerhausen
Prof. Stefan Enders
Taner Ercan
Prof. Sylvie Pagé
Prof. Matthias Riedel
Prof. Charlotte Schröner
Prof. Bettina Tabel

Master Programme 2011/2012
Directors of Studies

Prof. Kirstin Arndt – Freies Gestalten
Prof. Petra Eisele – Designgeschichte, Designtheorie und Medientheorie
Prof. Anna-Lisa Schönecker – Informationsdesign und Interaktives Design
Prof. Katrin Simons – Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
Prof. Robert Paulmann – Corporate Identity
Prof. Ulysses Voelker – Typografie und Editorial Design

Master Programme 2010/2011
Directors of Studies

Prof. Johannes Berghausen
Prof. Dr. Petra Eisele
Prof. Dr. Isabel Naegele
Prof. Philipp Pape

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