Christiane Kruse | Birgit Meyer | Anne-Marie Korte (EDS.) – Taking Offense

Taking Offense

Religion, Art, and Visual Culture in Plural Configurations

With contributions by:

Nika Spalinger | Norbert M. Schmitz | Simon O’Meara | Monica Juneja | Maruška Svašek | Tania Becker |
Jürgen Wasim Frembgen | Asif Jehangir | Jojada Verrips | Christoph Baumgartner | Christiane Kruse | Birgit Meyer | Anne-Marie Korte

2018.383 pages, 64 b/w & 9 col. fig., french paperback € 49,90
ISBN 978-3-7705-6345-6
series: dynamis

What makes a picture offensive to some people and not to others? In diverse, pluralistic societies around the world, images are triggering heated controversy as never before. Their study offers a perfect entry point into the clashes between different values, (...)

19. April 2018 ·

Just arrived: Sensing the Ocean. A Collaboration between Art, Design and Science

“Sensing the Ocean. A Collaboration between Art, Design and Science.”

Tom Duscher, Stephan Sachs, Manfred Schulz (Editors)

“Sensing the Ocean” is based on the collaboration between the Kiel Marine Research Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. The book shows how artists, designers and scientists can complement each other creatively, what differentiates artistic and scientific research, and illustrates how the interplay of competence gives rise to new insights.


20. April 2017 ·

Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel, at the Leipzig Book Fair!

For many years, the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design has been presenting its book and print art to the international audience at the Leipzig Book Fair. This year it will again be represented in the book & art segment (hall 3, booth G 301). Here, the Art Academy Kiel presents outstandingly designed printed works and special typographic book designs from the field of study »typography and book design« (Prof. Annette le Fort and Prof. André Heers). Every year the University’s booth is designed by students for the Book Fair.


20. April 2017 ·

Laundry Narratives: Reflections on Design, Laundry Practices and Sustainability

28. Juni 2016, 19:00-20:30 Uhr
Emma Dulcie Rigby, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

In this presentation I will discuss the key insights from my practice-led PhD.  Through re-examining laundry as a social practice the research develops a series of design provocations to challenge the organisation of laundry practices, and by extension the frequencies and processes in which laundry is carried out. It highlights that understanding laundry as a social practice opens a space to reconceptualise design, laundry behaviour and sustainability. This provides an alternative lens from which to view and develop design theories and practice for sustainability in fashion.


26. May 2016 ·

Designing the Social-Material: Idea, Process and Challenge

Seravalli Lecture

Design for Social Innovation, Transformation Design or Transition Design are emerging design practice, research and study. In spite of the differences in the name, philosophy and mode of operation, they share the same ambition of applying design competence to co-create a more sustainable way of living. Thereby they expand the subject matter of design beyond the material to include the social. If traditional design creates new artefacts for particular social context, be it at work, at home, or in school; then these emerging practices are aimed to create alternative ways or conditions of working, living and learning with the support of new material and digital artefacts.

In Wintersemester 2015/16, we intend to look more closely at designing that reconfigures the social as well as the material in transdisciplinary codesign research and practice. (...)

26. October 2015 ·

“Research Practice Dialogue” – Guest Lecture Series

“Research” and “Practice” were arguably the most important words in academic design discourse in the last 20 years. These were spoken often in
the context of developing design research at the University. Currently there are a number of models established: Research Through Design,
Practice-Led/Based Research, Project-Grounded Research, and Constructive Research. They all share the ideas that designing is a form of inquiry
which has its own particular methods that should be capitalized. Secondly, they see that designing should form a (major) part of design research and
should generate trustworthy knowledge to serve and renew practice.

In SS 2015, we intend to look more closely at designing that engages with specialised scientific knowledge or emerging technology in the context of
interdisciplinary research and development. (...)

5. May 2015 ·

What If There Were No Centre of Gravity? – Reflections on Decentralisation and Nonconformism

Of course I can’t write about flowers and beads and birds and trees. And lovers in the park and all of that stuff n dem. But what the use to write about them something dem, when you sit late in the park at night and a man comes and shoots you and take your woman and rape her. What the use to write about flowers, when the pollution will wither it up! You have to write about the reality or the different. You have to write about South Africa and the youths in the ghetto. You have to write about the England. You have to write about all these things.    Mutabaruka, Intro to Check It

Mutabaruka’s statement could stand as an epitome of the work we do at SAVVY Contemporary and my curatorial practice in general. (...)

21. April 2015 ·

In Focus

The main goal of the Muthesius University in Kiel is to promote art, design and spatial strategies via research and development projects as a focal point for work and intellectual debates. As the only art university in the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Muthesius is not only a place to develop culturally relevant biographies but with its project studies also a place of particular experimentation and realisation.
 To a certain extent, the profile of the Master’s programme represents study courses and development possibilities for students unique in the Federal Republic of Germany.

“At the centre of the Muthesius University’s focus is art and design, the creative and productive. Around this centre there revolves the fundamental relationship between theory and practice. (...)

23. February 2015 ·

Industrial Design

At the Muthesius, we wish to teach new qualities. For us design is a comprehensive discourse on technical, social and cultural developments as well as social changes. We are interested in translating these developments into new and interesting relations, processed and interactions. We see it as our obligation to show paths to the design of intelligent and responsible products and utility experiences. For this task we have to open our eyes and thoughts and learn far-reaching skills: networked thinking and acting, researching, trying out, conceiving, detailing, visualising and communicating. And above all: design decision-making. Since in Kiel we are anything by a university of the masses, we can finely match the course content we wish to teach. The consequence is an holistic, practically oriented and individual study programme. Studying at the Muthesius should motivate students to develop their personal inclinations, and developed them in a committed fashion; our aim is to train students to become responsible, critical and professional designers.

Bachelor’s Programme

In the Bachelor’s study programme in Industrial Design students are prepared for the diverse and demanding requirements of a design profession so that they are able to carry out trend-setting tasks in different professional contexts.

Master’s Programme

Which future do we wish for ourselves? Which qualities should technologies, living together and our dealings with ourselves have? Who designs and is responsible for change?

The Master’s study programme in Industrial Design at the Muthesius with its focal points of Inteface Design and Medical Design addresses central, current and future-oriented questions. The four-term Master’s studies in Industrial Design qualifies students to carry out professional, interdisciplinary design work in a broad range of activities in the fields of research, industry or services with design, development-technical and strategic focus. The course is geared towards graduates in Industrial Design and other disciplines. The orientation of the academic education is less important than the conviction of being able to offer valuable synergies in a chosen profession. In particular, the studies are designed as supplementary academic education to interested persons who have already gained professional experience. Researching in design and designing in research that which will determine individual and communal human life in the future – this is the content of the studies as a Master’s student of Industrial Design at the Muthesius. Students work within the tension between Interface Design and Medical Design: these two synergetic focal points convey skills for future-oriented design work, in which people occupy a central position as actors of social change but also as objects of knowledge. Designers will significantly strengthen their positions as impulse and direction indicators of individual and communal life organisations and make them into experiences – the studies are taught according to this guiding philosophy.

Teaching Staff

PROF.IN ANNIKA FRYE Design Science and Design Research

PROF. FRANK JACOB Interface Design 

PROF. DR. MED. HABIL. FLORIAN KRUG Industrial Design (MA) Medical Design

PROF.IN DR. BETTINA MÖLLRING Fundamentals of Design

PROF. DETLEF RHEIN Industrial Design I Meth. Design I M.A. Medical Design


Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) Master of Arts (M. A.) Industrial Design/ Medical Design Industrial Design/Interface Design PhD