What is it about?
Teaching and learning of the Master’s program Scenographic Design and
Communication focus both on the design and the staging of real and virtual spaces and environments and on design and concept development in all communicative processes. Scenographic designers present and exhibit. They develop concepts for performance spaces and design exhibition spaces. They bring spaces to life to provide a narrative context. For a while, they stage and dramatize performances on the most diverse stages and create the ambience for the communicative and emotional impact of stories and messages.
Content and structure
The Master's program Scenographic Design and Communication deals with problems like...
- How to design museum and exhibition rooms across different media?
- How to create narrative qualities in film, theater and stage spaces?
- What potential does the scenographic design of public spaces offer with regard to shaping social developments?
- What scenographic communication strategies are relevant for the future?
Scenographic design is communication design
The project-based study program Scenographic Design and Communication focuses its commitment on theater and stage spaces, museum and exhibition spaces media and hypermedia spaces, on public spaces of commercial and institutional communication, on temporary spaces and design areas of brand staging and corporate communication. The graduates of the Master’s program know how to combine subject-specific and interdisciplinary interests, theoretical knowledge and artistic intuition, performative and moderating competence with management and organization skills. They are aware of their artistic and creative as well as of their social responsibility and thus ensure the effectiveness of planning and im-plementation. The Master’s program Scenographic Design and Communication has an international focus. Practical project work during studies is designed to promote international exchange and to contribute to the establishment of a worldwide network for Scenographic Design.
Bilingual study program in German and English
Applicants opt for a prevailing program language as early as when they enroll and have to provide proof of the required language skills according to their favored program language. Changing between program languages is possible on request and if the corresponding requirements are met. To ensure that international students who did not obtain their university entrance qualification or their graduate degree at a German-speaking institution acquire a sufficient proficiency of German during the course of their studies with English as the prevailing program language, they will have to provide proof of these skills by the time they register for the Master’s thesis.
Content and structure
The duration of the Master’s program Scenographic Design and Communication is three semesters. At least 90 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) must be obtained. The degree program is offered in two prevailing program languages, German and English. Even if a prevailing program language is chosen, both languages may be used in courses. The contents of the respective courses are identical, regardless of the prevailing program language. Examinations are offered both in German and in English for both prevailing program languages. In consultation with the examiner, the candidate will decide for each examination in which language it will be taken.
The Master’s program Scenographic Design and Communication is offered as a project-based program, in particular in its design components. The required technical and academic contents of the program in lectures, seminars, and courses (tutorials) will be allocated to projects. The project-based organization of the program is designed to introduce students to the professional activities of scenographic designers through concrete, practice-oriented tasks and practical involvement in real-time projects. Students also learn to apply skills and abilities obtained in their studies under the conditions of a specific task and to test and reflect them in a real professional environment while still studying.
The entire program is organized in modules. Modules are subdivided into several courses coordinated with regard to contents and times and defining the context of the module and the skills to be acquired. The course offerings per module comprise a total of six to a maximum of ten weekly hours per semester and usually span one semester, in exceptional cases two semesters. The modules of the Master’s program Scenographic Design and Communication teach the required skills of future scenographic designers as part of a continuous project-based program.
During the program, students learn:
- research and survey techniques and methods
- experimental investigation and design of scenographic fields of work
- scenographic concept development for the design of rooms, environment and public spaces and for staging – with dramaturgy and narrative structures
- presentation and moderation techniques/skills – with a view to the master plan
- project implementation of a scenographic design project, including management, organization, communication, marketing
- the academic module, related to theater, literature and text, art, architecture and environments, forms of expression and media, public spaces, culture, economy and society in theory and practice, history and present
- project communication – in all relevant media, design and contents
- to complete a Master’s project with a thesis, presentation and a colloqium
The final module related to the Master’s thesis comprises a range of courses mainly dedicated to the first part of the Master’s degree examination, i.e. dealing with the Master’s project and the associated thesis. These courses address aspects of production, directing, design, organization, moderating. The module includes the discussion of concept-related, dramaturgic, production-oriented and technical questions arising from the students’ Master’s projects and focuses on different issues as required: theoretical and conceptual questions, structural narrative or dramaturgic problems, issues relating to the aesthetics and the design of spaces, individual methods, technologies and techniques.
A Master of Arts degree, enables you to work in the fields of media-related interior design and spatial media design
After successfully completing the program, you will be awarded the degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Scenographic Design and Communication is unique because...
there is freedom to experiment with individual projects, as well as interdisciplinary teamwork on specific implementations of budgeted third-party funded projects in collaboration with external partners. Academic modules accompany and reflect the program up to the Master's project stage.
The curriculum offers specialization in:
- art for public spaces
The module handbook and the faculty site are only available in German at the moment. Please visit the German website for more details.
Study course plan
This is a thematic overview of the course contents. Detailed information on the exact names of the courses, information on electives, ECTS or semester hours per week can be found in the module handbook.
|1st semester||Scenography + Communication||Conception + Creation||Humanities|
|2nd semester||Scenography + Communication||Conception + Creation||Humanities|
|3rd semester||Best Practice / Foundation||Project Suport/ Monitoring Master's Project||Master's Project & Colloquium|
Who is it for?
Qualifications & interests
Who is a perfect match?
- who enjoys experimenting and interdisciplinarity
- who is interested in numerous tasks and likes exploring artistic design regardless of the chosen media
- who wants to improve their understanding of design, planning, and implementation processes, individually and in teams
Perspectives after graduation
Graduates work employed or self-employed as consultant or (project) manager, e.g. in that area
- art direction and communication design
- direction, dramaturgy, management and moderation task
- the economy, in cultural and scientific institutions and with public clients
- exhibition design as an exhibition organizer, manager or curator
- museum, trade fair and expo design as an event or expo designer, producer as well as museum director
- film and media industry, theater and stage design as dramaturge, equipment or set designer
- virtual interior design
- New Media as project manager
- art in public space
- interior and shop design
- scenographer the field of education
The Master's degree is the basis for a doctorate. Graduates who wish to acquire further academic qualifications have the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree at a university through a cooperative doctorate in which Fachhochschule Dortmund – University of Applied Sciences and Arts cooperates with a university.
Optional: a stay abroad during your studies
What do I need?
1. Required degree
For admission to the Master's program, applicants must provide proof that they have obtained one of the following degrees:
- a (German) Diplom or a completed Bachelor’s program in design, architecture/interior design, urban planning/land use planning or in a comparable study program at an institution of higher education with a curriculum including design studies focussing on the design of rooms, environment and public spaces (design subjects) or
- an academic (German) Diplom or a Bachelor’s program in art theory, media studies, cultural studies, the arts or economics at an institution of higher education with a curriculum including a particular field of the practical application of scenographic design or the design of rooms, environment and public spaces and/or communication design or of academic analysis (academic subjects).
In addition, the course of study must amount to a minimum of 210 credit points (ECTS). Applicants who completed a program of only 180 ECTS, have two options to make up the missing 30 ECTS. They can complete a 20-week internship or they can take special courses. They have to earn the 30 ECTS until the first module examination. Foreign graduate degrees must include a final thesis with comparable qualitative minimum requirements ((German) Diplom or a Bachelor‘s thesis).
2. German or English language proficiency
The applicants for the program have to opt for a prevailing program language by the time they apply and prove they have the following language skills with regard to their favoured prevailing program language:
a) German as the prevailing program language:
For the study program with German as the prevailing program language, proof of sufficient German skills has to be provided. The proof for applicants to the program who did not obtain their university entrance qualification or their graduate degree at a German-speaking institution, is provided e.g. by the “DSH-2” language examination (taken at an institution of higher education, not at a private language institute), the test “German as a Foreign Language” (“Deutsch als Fremdsprache”, TestDaF) with at least 16 points in all four parts of the examination (even if level 3 is included as an individual result) or the examination “telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule”
b) English as the prevailing program language:
For the study program with English as the prevailing program language, proof of sufficient English skills has to be provided by the applicants. In exceptional cases, the proof can be provided by an equivalent certificate or document proving the corresponding minimum re-quirements (in accordance with C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR). The respective committee will decide whether there is equivalence.
3. Aptitude assessment
Before the can be admitted to the program, the applicant must provide proof of their artistic and creative aptitude for this particular program. An aptitude test for applicants intending to pursue a degree in the Master's program Scenographic Design and Communication in the Faculty of Design is conducted twice per year in a two-stage procedure. Admission to the procedure requires registration which has to be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty of Design at Fachhochschule Dortmund by 15 December (for the summer semester) and by 15 May (for the winter semester) of each year along with the required documents.
If you want to register for the aptitude assessment stage 1, please submit the following documents:
- Find digital application process here(Opens in a new tab)
- The registration has to include the following documents:
- scenographic design (stage/theater or museum/exhibition or trade fair/event or set design/me
- object, room/environment/space or architecture-related design or
- temporary communication design (corporate communications/campaigns or advertising/brand staging context) or
- temporary media design (performance/installation context, linear and non-linear); or
- For applicants from creative subjects
a portfolio with a minimum of three independent work samples (presentations with comment and description) from at least one project context:
- For applicants from academic subjects
a compendium of academic research or other academic results from the arts or economics proving research of scenographic subjects.
- The registration has to include the following documents:
Three-dimensional objects may only be submitted on presentation media (print or electronic). Electronically on CD or DVD (formats: PDF, JPG, MOV, MP4, FLV, HTML, DVD). Please provide the URL for dynamic websites.
The work samples of the portfolio or the research and results for the compendium have to be stated in a list with a written statement that the applicant has executed the work independently.
Results of aptitude assessment stage 1
- The work samples of the portfolio or the documented academic research or the academic results meeting the requirements for the program are rated by an elected committee in accordance with the following aspects:
- conceptual skills,
- artistic and design creativity,
- competence in providing creative design solutions, and
- organizational and moderating skills or academic consistency.
- Based on the aspects stated in section 1, the committee writes an assessment of the first stage of the procedure and decides on the admission to the second stage of the procedure. The applicants not admitted to the second stage of the procedure will be informed promptly of their rejection for the further procedure.
Aptitude assessment stage 2 (colloquium, by invitation)
Aptitude assessment stage 2 (colloquium, by invitation)
- In the second stage of the procedure, the committee will invite the applicant for a colloquium taking place within four weeks after admission to the second stage of the procedure to verify and explore the impressions gained until then. In the colloquium, applicants will be expected to provide a description of a scenographic Master's project of no longer than five minutes.
- The aptitude assessment in accordance with the requirements stated above will be awarded with an overall average grade of 4.0 or better.
- Any material submitted will be available for collection from the Faculty of Design for one month after completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. After the end of the period, this material will be destroyed in compliance with data privacy regulations.
4. Apply now
The study program starts every summer and winter semester. The courses are offered every year. University places are allocated by Fachhochschule Dortmund - University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Admission to the Master‘s program is unrestricted.
Who can help me?
Student Advisory Service
Office of the Faculty of Design
Max-Ophüls-Platz 2, Room E 45
+49 (0)231 9112-9426 or -9447