Master Scenographic Design and Communication – admission requirements

What do I need?

For enrolment you have to meet the following requirements:

1. Relevant bachelor’s or (German) Diplom degree
2. Proof of German or English language skills
3. Aptitude assessment procedure

1. Required degree

For admission to the master's programme applicants must provide evidence that one of the following degrees has been obtained:

  • a (German) Diplom or a bachelor’s programme in design, architecture/interior design, urban planning/land use planning or a comparable degree programme 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 programme 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 creditpoints (ECTS). Applicants with a programme of only 180 ECTS, can catch up the missing 30 ECTS in two ways. They can complete an internship over 20 weeks or they can complete special courses. The 30 ECTS has to be reached 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 skills

The applicants for the programme have to opt for a prevailing programme language by the time they apply and prove they have the following language skills with regard to their favoured prevailing programme language:

a) German as the prevailing programme language:
For the degree programme with German as the prevailing programme language, proof of sufficient German skills has to be provided. The proof for applicants to the programme 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 programme language:
For the degree programme with English as the prevailing programme language, proof of sufficient English skills has to be provided by the applicants. The proof of English skills is officially identified if the applicant can provide proof of one of the following qualifications:

  1. TOEFEL-iBT with a minimum of 90 points, the examination must have been taken no longer than two years before the application is received
  2. IELTS, Academic Level, with a minimum average score of 6.5 points, the examination must have been taken no longer than two years before the application is received.

3. Aptitude assessment

Before admission to the programme, proof of the applicant’s artistic and creative aptitude for this particular programme has to be provided. The procedure for establishing the aptitude for this particular programme of applicants intending to pursue a degree in the master's programme Scenographic Design and Communication of 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 of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund by 15th December (Summer semester) and 15th May (Winter semester) of each year along with the required documents.

For the registration for the aptitude assessment stage 1, the following documents have to be submitted:

  • Submission of the “Aptitude assessment registration form” by 15th December or 15th May via mail to Ma_Szeno_Kom_Eignung@fh-dortmund.de
  • The registration has to include the following documents:
    • of scenographic design (stage/theatre or museum/exhibition or trade fair/event or set design/media production or virtual spaces context) and/or
    • 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.

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). For dynamic websites the URL has to be stated.
The work samples of the portfolio or the research and results for the compendium have to be stated in a list which has to bear a written statement that the applicant has executed the work independently.


Results of aptitude assessment stage 1

  1. The work samples of the portfolio or the documented academic research or the academic results meeting the requirements for the programme are rated by an elected committee according to the following aspects:
    • conceptual competence,
    • artistic and design creativity,
    • competence in providing creative design solutions, and
    • organisational and moderating skills or academic consistency.
  2. 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 (colloquy, by invitation)

  1. In the second stage of the procedure the committee will invite the applicant for a colloquy 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 colloquy, applicants will be expected to provide a description of a scenographic master's project lasting no longer than five minutes.
  2. The aptitude assessment according to the aspects stated above will be awarded with an overall average grade of 4.0 or better.
  3. Any material submitted will be available for collection from the Faculty of Design for one month after completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. After expiry of this period this material will be destroyed in compliance with data privacy regulations.