Köln International School of Design

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Köln International School of Design
Type University department
Established 1991
Director Prof. Wolfgang Laubersheimer
Academic staff
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.


With the establishment of TH Köln (as Fachhochschule Köln ) in 1971 the Kölner Werkschulen were incorporated as a department of "Art and Design" in this university of applied sciences. In 1991 the course »free art« was abandoned and the design degree program was transferred into the so-called "Cologne Model", which was mainly characterized by a project-oriented teaching and the abolition of traditional disciplines and semester structures. The study program in the Department of Design first time involved teaching areas such as Service Design, Design Management, Design and Gender or Ecology and Design. Since 2008 the Diploma Study Programs at TH Köln run out. New registrations are made only for the Bachelor and Master Degree Programs.

In 2002, the organization was abandoned in departments as part of a high school internal reform. Since then KISD forms with the CICS - Institute for Conservation Sciences and the CGL - Cologne Game Lab (since 2013) the Faculty of Cultural Studies.


KISD offers the 7-semester Bachelor and 3-semester Master program "Integrated Design". In addition it takes part in the Master of European Design-program. 75% of all courses in the Bachelor program are held in English, the Master program is completely in English.

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.


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