Köln International School of Design

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Köln International School of Design
Established 1991
Type University department
Director Prof. Wolfgang Laubersheimer
Academic staff 35
Students 481
Location Cologne, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany
Website http://www.kisd.de/
Köln International School of Design on Ubierring

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.[1] 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.


  1. ^ KISD, 20 years of history

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Coordinates: 50°55′17″N 6°57′48″E / 50.92139°N 6.96333°E / 50.92139; 6.96333