M.A. Social Design and Sustainable Innovation

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to have a B.A. in Design to study the M.A. Social Design and Sustainable Innovation?

No. The M.A. Social Design and Sustainable Innovation is open to graduates of all disciplines. The admission requirement is a completed first degree.

How do I apply for the M.A. Social Design and Sustainable Innovation?

You can apply online via the application portal of the SRH University of Applied Sciences.

Your application should include the following documents:
• Copy of your Bachelor’s degree and your Academic Transcript
• Your CV
• Letter of motivation
• 2-3 creative works on the theme "Why change?“, which can be submitted as film(s), text(s), photo(s), illustration(s) or any other creative form of expression.

After receiving your application, we will review your application. If we think you are a good fit for the program, we will invite you for a personal admission interview. If you are unable to visit our campus at Moritzplatz in Berlin, we are happy to make an appointment via Skype

Are there any scholarships or means to get financial assistance?

Yes. There is a scholarship offered by the University.  The M.A. programs are furthermore recognised by BAföG (german federal financial student support). Students may also apply to banks, the DAAD or to the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and other institutions for educational loans.

Who teaches in the M.A. Social Design and Sustainable Innovation?

Getting to know different perspectives on issues, processes and designs is very important to the program. Therefore, the program is taught by a diverse group of design practitioners, academics and educators with a wide range of backgrounds in the fields of Social Design, communication design, graphic design, film, photography, art, political sciences, community organizing and ethnography. Some of the teaching staff is already presented on the website.
Prof. Gilbert Beronneau, Prof. Christopher Jung, Prof. Arta Ante, Prof. Gabor Kovacs, Prof. Katrin Androschin, Prof. Julia Leihener, Prof. Ralf Kemmer, Beata Wilczek and Paula Haufe. The program furthermore involves Imad Gebrayel, Nicole Loeser and others.

Are there any international cooperations with other Universities?

There is a close cooperation with Alba (The Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts) in Beirut which the Berlin School of Communication and Design and the respective faculty members are committed to further pursue. The cooperation comprises workshops in Berlin and Beirut, the exchange of ideas and teaching staff. If the socio-economic conditions allow it, students will also have the opportunity to go to Beirut for a longer study visit in the third semester of the M.A. program.

What are my career perspectives as a Social Designer?

Social Design and Sustainable Innovation is a progressive and innovative study program that provides participants with the knowledge, tools and methods to professionally advance eco-social transformation. Social Design can make a significant difference in cultural and business organization, leading to social and digital innovations.

The professional skills are derived from mastering the respective design disciplines paired with design methodologies and profound knowledge on social matters.

Graduates open up traditional and new design professions with an extended and scientifically sound design, thinking and action approach any company or institution will need in the future. They work as art directors, designers, sustainability officers, consultants for public and private entities, community managers, web developers, campaigners, change managers, curators for companies and institutions. The master's degree prepares students for a doctoral or PhD degree program, which opens the way to academic careers in teaching and research.

How can I get to know more about the Berlin School of Design and Communication? Can I come visit beforehand?

Yes, we recommend that interested applicants get to know our university and our teachers. To this end, we offer weekly virtual info sessions (https://www.design-akademie-berlin.de/en/events.html). For any inquiries, you can send an email to our Study Advisor Jana Wilkens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

…But what about the Covid-19-Situation?

Please see here (https://www.design-akademie-berlin.de/en/study-guidance.html) for information regarding the coming semester and the proceedings at the school.

Who are the prospective students and where are they from?

Students may come from any disciplinary background and any region. So far we have mainly received applications from designers and social scientists coming from all continents. We believe having people with different backgrounds and perspectives coming together is very beneficial to the study of Social Design.

Promoting diversity, individuality and innovation is at the heart of what we promote at our University. We are proud of our diverse student communities and we are committed to ensuring the University is an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.

Which are the modules taught in the program?

Each semester contains 6 modules with 5 ECTS each. The semesters comprise practice and theory-oriented modules that build upon one another. The master module in the fourth semester adds another 30 ECTS which makes 120 ECTS in total. For an overview of the modules and contents, please have a look at our factsheet. Within the application interview the sequence and content of the modules will furthermore be explained in detail.

Which design skills will I develop during the course?

Throughout the program you are introduced to different media: Photography, Film, Graphic Design, Editorial Design and Web Development. Depending on your prior knowledge you can advance your abilities in all of these fields and get to focus on your media of choice in your final master project.

In accordance with the project partners needs and your own interests your design projects may comprise classics of communication and graphic design such as short videos, publications and posters. You will furthermore develop digital product designs like apps and websites and data visualizations. Your designs may also include works of socially engaged art and process and system design as well as design with communities, creating design solutions for a public space or service.

What real life project partners has the Berlin School of Design and Communication worked/collaborated with so far?

The range of project partners is wide and includes local and international entities from the public and private domain. Previously the Berlin School of Design and Communication has cooperated on student projects with different Federal Ministries, the Venice Biennale, the Al-Yasmine refugee camp in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, the Berlin Senate, Syspons consultancy and many others. You may find some examples of our cooperations and partners in the project box (https://www.design-akademie-berlin.de/projektbox/projektbox-kommunikationsdesign.html ).

Which design and research methods will be introduced?

During the program you will learn:

-  how to conduct qualitative, artistic and quantitative research
-  how to use critical thinking and insights from the social studies within the design process
-  how to design within the fields of communication design, film, photography and web development
-  how to use campaigning tools to communicate social issues
-  how to set up, lead and evaluate a Design Thinking Process that leads to sustainable product or service innovations
-  how to write a scientific essay based on critical thinking and Social Design theory.