Köln International School of Design

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The Köln International School of Design (in short: KISD) is an institution of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Köln) and offers an interdisciplinary study program in the field of design. In 2002 – eleven years after the Cologne Model of design education was initiated in 1991 – the school was renamed to Köln International School of Design.


In 1991 Michael Erlhoff and his colleagues founded the Department of Design at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. In the 2009 term, circa 25% of the student body came from abroad.


Besides a four years diploma-program, the school offer the new Master of European Design-program. Furthermore it is planned to offer various new postgraduate Master-programs.

Key aspects of the areas of expertise are e.g. healthcare, mobility, work environment, knowledge and educational organisations. This twelve areas of expertise are the focus of the project-oriented design programme. Students have to enroll for at least ten areas of expertise and can develop their own main focusses.

  • Audiovisual media
  • Identity and Design
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Design concepts
  • Design management
  • Design theory and -history
  • Gender and design
  • Interface design
  • Ecology and design
  • Production technology
  • Service design
  • Typography and layout


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