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Master's Program "Design For Digital Futures" (M.A.)

at Nuremberg University of Applied Sciences

Applications closed, next application period starts in spring/summer 2025.

M.A. Design For Digital Futures


Nuremberg, Germany

ECTS Credits

120 ECTS (4 Semesters)

Full Time Program



Oct. 1st - Feb. 15th

Mar. 15th - Jul. 15th


Full Time,

On Site


1. Semester

Computer Science Foundation I

Applied Mathematical Methods

for Designers I

Applied Computer Science I

Design Project I

Project based learning

Design Research I

Design Research Basics

Future Perspectives

2. Semester

Computer Science Foundation II

Applied Mathematical Methods

for Designers II

Applied Computer Science II

Design Project II

Project based learning

Design Research II

Methodology & Documentation

Transfer Science


Presentation of the second semester's projects.

3. Semester

Semester Abroad

Gaining knowledge at our international partner universities.


Reporting and Documentation of current projects to the Faculty of Design.

4. Semester

Master Thesis

Complex creative and technical problem solving using the technical, creative and scientific skills acquired.

Master Thesis Transfer

Make your work connectable for business, science or society in the sense of scientific transfer.

Master Thesis Defense

Present your work.

Interdisciplinary Yet Focused

"Design for Digital Futures" is an interdisciplinary and international master's program offered at Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (The Ohm/University of Applied Sciences) Nuremberg, Germany. Taught in English to accommodate an international student body, the program is designed to empower students to research, analyze, and incorporate emerging technologies into their creative practices.

Building on a robust technical foundation, the program encourages students to embark on their own projects within the digital design sphere, emphasizing areas such as Computational and Generative Design, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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1 / Gaining Technological Literacy

In an ever-changing technological landscape, the ability to quickly grasp and apply underlying principles is crucial. Our graduates are equipped to transform emerging technologies into their own innovative mediums, staying ahead in the dynamic field of design.

2 / Applying Design Research

A solid foundation in research and scientific methods empowers our graduates to make informed, strategic decisions within the realm of technology-driven design. This understanding is pivotal for advancing in their careers and contributing meaningful innovations.

3 / Colaborating Internationally

International collaboration stands as a cornerstone of progress in our interconnected world. We champion interdisciplinary and international cooperation, encouraging our students to broaden their horizons by spending a semester at a partner university abroad. This exposure is invaluable for cultivating a global perspective and network.

Industry Voices

Matt Estela,

Senior Houdini Artist,


"There's a notable shortage of
graduates with the right mix of technical skills and
artistic skills, graduates from this course will
clearly fill that gap."

Dr. Jeroen Claus,



"Being able to break down an academic paper, figure out its core messages and methodologies, and procedurally building a design that is true to those research findings is a highly valued skill in our field,and no doubt many others as well."

Svet Lapcheva,

Creative Producer,

Future Deluxe

"A background in research is
exceptionally valuable as a high percentage of
design work commissioned by global companies
focussed on R&D and technology beyond the
present-day status quo."

Explore The World:

Our Partner Universities

As an integral part of our program, we encourage international, interdisciplinary, and multicultural collaboration. A compulsory semester at a university abroad is a fundamental component of the program.

Our partner universities, along with Nuremberg Tech’s International Office, offer great opportunities to spend your third semester abroad. Below, you'll find more information on our international partners.

Career Opportunities:

In the rapidly evolving world of design, mastering computational techniques such as generative design and AI-driven design opens a universe of pioneering career opportunities. The demand for such expertise spans across industries, including architecture, product design, fashion, and interactive media, offering a broad spectrum of roles from creative technologists to computational designers.

The master's program not only equips students with the necessary technical skills but also fosters a mindset of continuous exploration and innovation. For those with a passion for blending creativity with technology, this path offers not just a career but a chance to shape the future of design.

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths in different industries.

Nuremberg, Germany:
Make It Your City

Nuremberg, Bavaria's second-largest city, is situated about 1 hour north of Munich. Home to three universities and some of Germany’s best-known companies, the metropolitan area stands as one of the main hubs in southern Germany. Students will discover an eclectic mix of traditional German sights and a sprawling research community, not to mention a wealth of pastime activities.


By weaving together disciplines such as illustration, graphic design, typography, film, animation, interaction, and object design with the technical depth of computer sciences, AI, physical interaction, and the fundamental principles of physics and maths, the Master Design For Digital Futures promises a distinctive educational journey. 

Being an interdisciplinary program, our team members' backgrounds are as diverse as our students'. Coming from academia and industry, they embody both the theory and application of design.

See You In Nuremberg!

We're Excited To Meet You.

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