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This year we introduce you a new “Graphic design school & universities” section. You will find out interviews with directors, teachers of these arts & graphic design schools.

Our aim is to inspire the ones who want to attend such schools and find new talents as well. This section will be useful and garanty informations like the entry conditions, the classes and life on campus, so that you can prepare it your next school year quietly.

We hope you will like it and we start today with Sandra Giegler from the Dessau university in Germany.



What do you do at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau?

I’m a research assistant in Dessau, and I’m also doing a PhD in Weimar at the Bauhaus University at the department of Art and Design, Free Art and Media. Here in Dessau, I have a part time position. On the one hand I’m responsible for coordinating the international MA programme for design, and on the other hand I teach design theory.


Is the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences a private or public institute?

Public. We receive the usual state funding, which is common for most universities in Germany.

What qualifications and requirements do you need to fulfil in order to study the international MAID (Master of Integrated Design) programme?

A degree that bears relation to design. This means that we accept applications by people who do not necessarily hold a BA in design, graphic art or product design. We have, for example, students with a background in film or architecture. The only thing that’s really necessary is that the degree is a BA or similar, and that the degree provides evidence of a creative direction. Here it is not important whether this degree was attained at a public or private institute. What is important is that the applicant can provide proof of the necessary credits, and that he or she submits an interesting and   versatile portfolio. Our integrated course programme requires a broad focus on a variety of design topics, and this of course calls for a broad array of abilities.


Does the MAID programme have a special focus on any particular area of design?

No, it doesn’t. And that’s the good thing about it! We call this approach the ‘Dessau Model‘, and it is practiced both in the BA and MA programme. Our students get an opportunity to further their knowledge in all areas of design with the exception of fashion design. We want to help equip our students with a broad variety skills and abilities in all disciplines of designs. It is only towards the end of their studies that they need to narrow their focus down to a certain topic in order to write their BA or MA thesis.

Is this special, or do you find this approach at many universities?

It is quite unique. Usually students decide on a certain direction at the beginning of their studies. As far as I know, we were the only university in Germany that used to offer it for quite some time. Now you can also study ‘integrated design‘ in Coburg and Bremen.


What costs do students face when studying the MAID programme?

Next to the costs of living (accommodation, food etc.), there are €132 registration fees per year, and an additional €600 per year to cover costs for material, excursions and guest speakers. Seeing that there is no tuition fee, the programme is actually quite inexpensive, particularly when compared to other international universities.


How do you apply for the programme?

In print. These days it’s quite customary to submit applications in digital format, either online or on a CD.  We do, however, demand the submission of a portfolio in print and bound to a book. This is important to us as we want the applicant to apply great care and adhere to a high standard of quality. Then a commission decides on whether the application gets accepted or not.

Are there any famous graduates who emerged from the department of design in Dessau?

Not as far as I know! Maybe this is due to the spirit of Bauhaus that is not about fame and honor, but a certain commitment to society ever since its emergence in the 1920s.  In the past 10 years, our programme has produced graduates who have become successful designers in their job, and who play their part by offering their service to a sector of our society. And I think that’s quite positive as we’ve not taken up the cause of creating star designers here in Dessau :-)

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