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Transformation Design

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The master’s course Transformation Design imparts competency in reflecting upon, initiating and partici­pating in cultural, social, technological and ecological processes of change within the framework of research based design practice.
The course will acquaint students with questions pertaining to design methodology and theory; with intuitive artisanal processes of product creation and idea generation; with processes of analysis and simulation; with social scientific problem presentation; with subjects pertaining to futurology and mobility research; as well as problem areas in materials science and engineering. The master’s course is based methodi­ cally on the concept of transdisciplinarity. The concept denotes a principle of integrative research that combines scientific and practical knowledge in a consistent and project
specific way.
This synthesis of analytic methodical and practical design oriented knowledge confers a competent and creative attitude towards complex problems, as well as economic, strategic and organizational entrepreneurship competencies.

And afterwards?

The graduates should not only be given the opportunity to enter into positions in the traditional design professions but are also supported in the unfolding and defini­tion of varied new fields of activity (e.g. scouts, mode­rators, counsellors, companions of change processes in all kinds of businesses and institutions as well as social groups and individuals). The master’s degree prepares the way to a doctorate or a PhD course of study which opens up the path to academic careers in teaching and research.


Degree Master of Arts
Standart period of study Four semesters
Compulsory modules Introduction to transformation design, society, future and transformation, design science, eco design and engineering, digital culture and sustainability, project course, writing, presenting, publishing
Course language German
Course type Full-time course
Start of course Winter semester
Application deadline 1 May to 15 June each year
Restricted admission Yes


  • Proof of Bachelor of Arts degree or a degree of equal standing in a design studies or closely related course such as engineering; architecture; urban, landscape or traffic planning; management
  • Students from non German speaking countries require proof of proficiency in German



A number of steps are necessary for application to the HBK Braunschweig. In these steps the students prove their “special aptitude”. This is based on an application with a portfolio and a successful interview. For this application process, the following three steps are required:

1. Online application via the HBK Braunschweig website

2. Submission of the application documents by 15 June (date of receipt!)

3. Participation in a successful interview

The allocation of study places takes place according to the
combination of the average grade from the bachelor degree, the result of the selection interview and the quality of the portfolio. If the graduation grades are not available by the application deadline, an attestation from the university is to be handed in stating a provisional average grade along with proof of at least 150 credit points.


The portfolio must consist of the bachelor’s or diploma thesis; art works showing an affinity with design or works relevant to transformation design, as well as a personal statement of 2 DIN A4 pages maximum including details of the personal career to date. Personal relevance of transformation design, possible emphases on subject and work areas in the master’s course, and, insofar as available, on professional perspectives should be presented.

Last amended by Kommunikation und Medien on 12.02.2019