Creative Directionfull time

  • Master of Arts


  • 3 semesters

    Standard period of study (amount)

  • Pforzheim


Overview and admission

Study Type


Admission semester

Winter Semester only

Area of study

Industrial Design, Product Design


Creative competence, Creative market competence, Creative Leadership

Target group

The Master of Arts course in Creative Direction is aimed at graduate designers with a Bachelor's or Diplom degree.


Design is more than the enrichment of the commodity world with constantly new covers and products; it is the socially responsible and sustainable design of cultural worlds that are constantly renewed. To analyse the given, to question the existing, to open up new possibilities and to develop creative forecasts – this is what designers do nowadays. In this context, Creative Direction also stands for the skills that make up leadership qualities, for decisive and continuous innovation potential – or in short: for Creative Leadership. As a designer and manager in one, a creative manager combines creative skills with critical ability and analytical observation skills. In addition to creative competence, you also need leadership skills and comprehensive methodological knowledge. Prof. Thomas Gerlach: "MACD graduates are creative experts in innovation, art direction, design thinking and innovative empathic market development. The focus is on developing their creative competence and leadership personality. Psychology, behavioural research, philosophy, ethics and other cognitive sciences form the basis for this. The MACD teams are international, come from all areas of design and make diverse learning experiences with specific tasks from business/society and interdisciplinary issues."

Admission modus

Local admission restriction

Admission requirements

Above-average degree from a recognised academy of design, very good knowledge of German (equivalent to a score of 4.5 in a German as a foreign language test), a letter of recommendation/reference from an academic institution and/or a non-academic company/institution, submission of the applicant's own design work and successful completion of the university's aptitude test

Application deadlines

Winter semester (2024/2025)
  • Deadlines for International Students from the European Union

    see application deadlines for new students

  • Deadlines for international students from countries that are not members of the European Union

    see application deadlines for new students

  • Application deadline for Germans and inhabitants

    Not applicable

  • Enrollment deadline for Germans and foreign students

    See application deadlines

Tuition fee

Languages of instruction

Main language


DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service