What kind of future do we want to live in?
Working (with design) on / Designing the challenges of healthy livelihoods.
If one asks the question about the prerequisites for healthy living, then it becomes obvious that not only individual factors such as lifestyle or predispositions are important, but that there is a multitude of external factors which play an equally important role.
Issues of the environment and biodiversity, industrial production and energy generation, forms of work, the education system, the manifestations of consumption and mobility, our leisure activities, the production of food, the structures of urban spaces and health care, to name just a few aspects, all have an impact on our quality of life and our health. In climate change, but also in the pandemic, all these areas are bundled into large complexes.
Designing for change.
The limits of economic growth and its increasingly negative effects are well known. The pressure to act, not only to think about alternative forms, but to make them concrete, is increasing.
In the Master’s programme in/for Medical Design, we want to work on these alternatives; we see design as having a social responsibility and understand processes of transformation as a change of perspective from the private to communal interests.
Consequently, medical design does not mean focusing on a narrow content-related framework, e.g. medical technology, but an open design principle of action for the generation of sustainable changes and healthy livelihoods.
On the one hand, this requires comprehensive, individual professionalisation; the demands grow with the challenges. Substance, experimental openness and interdisciplinary orientation form the framework of the project work.
We encourage and demand critical attitudes, sensitivity, care and attention to detail.
The ability to develop sustainable innovations and to create outstanding worlds of mediation are central/key moments of disciplinary strength for us.
Close cooperation with the Master’s programme in/for Interface Design supports our understanding of a productive and value-oriented engagement with digital futures and respectful interactions.
The supervision of project work is individual and far-reaching.
As part of the degree programme ,we offer profound access to knowledge and questions of the “Health and Life Sciences”. The accompanying range of subjects also combines a broad spectrum of knowledge and techniques that are relevant for intensifying the processes of reflection and design.
New Understanding. Designing with courage.
We are not interested in confirming the established; we are looking for new ways of understanding and attractive offers.
The questions before us demand an understanding of processes, interfaces and system interrelationships, in short, the mastering of complexity.
But also the courage to develop radical ways of thinking and designing.
Competence profiles with these characteristics open up substantial opportunities for designers in a variety of future-oriented fields of activity.
In recent years, Industrial Design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design has developed into an internationally visible and extremely successful place of action; this is impressively demonstrated by the large number of prizes and awards as well as participation in exhibitions. In Kiel we are surrounded by outstanding research activities in which we participate, e.g. in the Cluster of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces”.
The current research project “Sustainable Mobility Transformation” is being funded by the EKSH over a longer period of time and is establishing/will establish positions for scientific staff, as has occurred recently in the area of “Materials and Sustainability”.
Cooperations and exchange programmes exist with the TU Delft, NCKU Tainan and Kobe Design University, among others.
In this highly innovative and inspiring environment, we are working hard on future images of a considerate and enlightened society.
Prof. Detlef Rhein
T 0431 / 5198 – 430, E firstname.lastname@example.org
In the blog “Applications” we have summarised module plans, downloads and further information for you.
The publication “Designing for Change” (ISBN-13: 978-3943763638) is available as a pdf .