Health is one of society’s great topics of the future, particularly when health is understood as a central part of sustainable practices. We are convinced that design plays an important role in the discussion regarding the challenges faced in this endeavour. For this discussion, wide-ranging competences are necessary. The Master’s programme in Medical Design focuses on learning the key competences of design: making alternatives to existing design practices an experience in creativity (innovation) and holding a discourse on something which is desirable (reflection).
We show paths to professional design handling and complexity. In doing so, we are concerned with sensitising different human needs and the design of process interfaces. This contains at the same time interdisciplinary knowledge networks, questions of application of new technologies and dealing with organisational, regulative and socio-cultural factors. Knowledge of the work methods of human-centred design and its application are obvious. In project work particular value is given to the development of networking skills and process-oriented work.
We include new, holistic models of value creation and qualitative relations which can be experiences scenically, i.e. multidimensionally. In the first three terms we offer the following seminars: Medicina Fundamentals, User Research, Service Design, Product Planning, Sustainability, Design Management and CAD Professional. Associated seminars of the Centre for Media for the design of animated content can also be used as well as interdisciplinary exercises in 24-hour format with Spatial Strategies. The accompanying theoretical discourse on “desirable futures” and normative challenges of design is given a particular significance, it is designed as a decelerated space for reflection. All teaching content and targets in Medical Design are seen as synergies with Interface Design, between the two focal points project work can be designed openly. Due to its particular relevance for the future and its complexity, but also the ambivalence of medicine and health, designers are challenged with taking on practical problems and new potential spaces responsibly and with great commitment.
The attractiveness of the demands of the Master’s courses at the Muthesius University is also confirmed by being a member of the Excellence Cluster Inflammation at Interfaces, the latest research co-operation with the Miele, Hill-Rom and Siemens concerns as well as the two-year Interreg EU Research Project Healthy Ageing which has been running since 2013.
In addition to research focus in the fields of “Environment and Health”, “global health”, “The Future of Hospitals”, “Body Technologies” and “Life in Old Age” we consciously encourage the access of different disciplines and individual project work on relevant future questions. Under the heading “Designing Perspectives” the course critically questions a wide range of human relations in the field of health and rethinks socio-cultural change. At the centre of this is the ability to develop future-oriented scenarios in which integrative solution to products, processes and services are equally represented. Such a multi-dimensional communicative competence of alternative forms of life and action manifests itself in “scenic design”, which shows new qualitities in an intelligent context. High-precision products are formulated in addition to the products appearing in these scenarios; these studies demand detailed accuracy and additional expansive, structural (product) comprehension.