The Master’s Degree Course Gutenberg-Intermedia of the Hochschule Mainz aims to qualify up to sixteen talented Bachelor and Diploma graduates in the areas of cross media design practice and research. The objective is to expand their design qualifications and widen their conceptual and organisational skills.

The self-conception of designers has changed: they see themselves less and less in the traditional role of the graphic designer, who “translates” a given subject creatively. Instead, as “visual authors” they assume content responsibility and reflect upon 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 as well as through the development  and completion of an individual Master’s thesis.

Theme 2019/2020

no idea is not a good idea.

Some ideas you can laugh at, others you don’t get. And some ideas are just dreadfully stupid. But ideas are what drive communication design. If you agree and after having finished your Bachelor’s degree, feel like something more could happen, than you should apply for Stuffed Birds.

Supervising instructors

Prof. Dipl. Des. Monika Aichele
Eberhard Kirchhoff
Prof. Dr. Matthias Riedel
Prof. Dipl. Des. Charlotte Schröner

How to apply

Design in Mainz

Mainz, the city where Johannes Gutenberg once invented printing with movable letters, today is home of one of Germany’s largest design faculties, consisting of the subject areas of Communication Design, Interior Architecture and Time-based Media.

On a specially equipped Master’s floor, each student has a workplace which is accessible 24 hours a day. The workplace can be used for teamwork: workplace, printer, beamer, W-LAN etc. are supplied by the university; students should bring their own laptops.

Students can use all workshops of the communication design department for their design experiments: photography, interactive workshop, digital printing, silkscreen, graphic print, bookbinding, interaction workshop, electronic engineering workshop, tracking laboratory and an extensive library are at the students’ disposal.

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, publishing houses, design agencies, cultural institutions and the design departments in industry and the media. To work as a  publishing design author is another possible career perspective. 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 information about the network of childcare providers can be obtained from the Equal Opportunity Officer at the University.

Application and Admission Procedure

Applicants must have reached a total minimum mark of 2,5 («good») at their finals in a design-oriented bachelor or diploma course. The application procedure consists of two steps: the submission of the portfolio and aptitude test (oral examination) and the online application. Applicants with a diploma from a foreign college/university are required to submit their reports/certificates via Uni-Assist.


Past Themes

2018: type+code: ›bauhaus.labor‹
2017: Type+Code
2016: Blaue Zipfel
2015: Deep Typography
2014: Future Spaces
2013: Design for Participation
2012: Wie verändere ich die Welt
2011: Das Neue – Zukunft im Design
2010: Wissenschaft & Gestaltung

Directors of Studies
Master Programm 2018/2019

Prof. Dr. Petra Eisele
Prof. Florian Jenett
Prof. Dr. Isabel Naegele

Directors of Studies
Master Programm 2017/2018

Prof. Philipp Pape
Prof. Holger Reckter

Weitere Dozenten:
Prof. Tilman Baumgärtel
Prof. Florian Jenett

Directors of Studies
Master Programm  2016/2017

Prof. Monika Aichele
Dr. Karen Knoll
Prof. Nadja Mayer
Prof. Charlotte Schröner

Directors of Studies
Master Programm  2015/2016

Prof. Dipl.-Des. Johannes Bergerhausen
Prof. Dipl.-Des. Ulysses Voelker

Directors of Studies
Master Programm 2014/2015

Prof. Katja Davar / Zeichnung
Prof. Dr. Petra Eisele / Designgeschichte und -theorie
Prof. Holger Reckter  / Medieninformatik
Prof. Anna-Lisa Schönecker / Informationsdesign
Prof. Bettina Tabel / Designmanagement

Directors of Studies
Master Programm 2013/2014

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

Directors of Studies
Master Programm 2012/2013

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

Directors of Studies
Master Programm 2011/2012

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

Directors of Studies
Master Programm 2010/2011

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