Product Design (Diplom)

Design pervades our everyday lives. Whatever we do, there are always products there with us. Whether as technological devices, as industrial products, in the form of furniture, clothing, accessories on up to analogue and digital spaces as well as entire systems–design is ubiquitous and often responsible for how people structure their daily lives, how they cultivate their social relationships, and how they assign value to their experiences.

Against this backdrop, the job profile of designers has become professionalized into a complex field of activity. If in former times the designing of ordinary things was mostly a matter of tradition, today it is considered a cultural technology, demanding a wide variety of skills. Inventiveness and craftsmanship combine with broad knowledge about materials, technologies, manufacturing processes, and aesthetic developments–not least requiring a critical awareness of social and political conditions!

The study program in product design at the Kunsthochschule Kassel integrates all these areas. In projects and seminars students learn how things are creatively drafted, tested in prototypes, and finally brought to full implementation. They work in close association with the professors in the program, with access to a variety of workshops and digital tools at the Kunsthochschule, thus getting the opportunity to develop their own concepts step by step. An endowed professorship on the work of Lucius Burckhardt as well as a project professorship awarded each year to an internationally outstanding design figure complete the course offerings.

The program in Kassel follows a holistic approach. Alongside developing and refining practical design competence, it is about developing the ability to play a role in society through design work. 

At a glance

  • Degree: Diplom (corresponding to the masters degree in a design department).
  • Transferring into a design department with a bachelors degree is possible.
  • Start of studies: each winter semester.
  • Prescribed period of study: 9 semesters.
  • A previous technical internship of nine months is required, of which at least two months should be demonstrated by the start of studies. Students who have already completed technical training in the areas of woodworking, metalworking, or textile processing are not required to complete an internship.

Formal requirements

You can get an overview of the various degrees and their differences at the informational website "Zugangsvoraussetzungen [Admission Requirements]" of the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts.

People

Amelung, Miriam

Artistic Associate | Product Design Foundation Class
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Bertsch, Annette

Bertsch, Annette

Adjunct Professor | Design Management
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Bostan, Ayzit

Bostan, Ayzit

Professorship for Design of Textile Products
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Eschenbach, Max

Eschenbach, Max

Teaching Staff for Special Tasks | Workshop for Digital Design and Production Methods
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Gebert, Jakob

Gebert, Jakob

Professorship for Furniture Design and Exhibition Architecture
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Dr. Hornuff, Daniel

Dr. Hornuff, Daniel

Professorship for Theory and Practice of Design
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Oertel, Nils

Oertel, Nils

Artistic Associate | Industrial Design
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Pankow, Lutz

Pankow, Lutz

Professorship for Product Design Foundation Class
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Santagati-Juraschek, Valeria

Santagati-Juraschek, Valeria

Artistic Associate | Furniture Design and Exhibition Architecture
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Dr. Schein, Markus

Dr. Schein, Markus

Teaching Staff for Special Tasks | Director Digital Design and Production Methods Workshop
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Schmitz, Martin

Schmitz, Martin

Lucius & Annemarie Burckhardt Professorship
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Suk, Robert

Suk, Robert

Project Professorship Product Design
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Val, Olaf

Val, Olaf

Teaching Staff for Special Tasks | Director ::digipool workshop
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Vogt, Oliver

Vogt, Oliver

Professorship for Industrial Design
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Zindel, Katharina

Research Associate | Theory and Practice of Design
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