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Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Integrated Design

Computational Design or Facade Design? Select the focus area that best corresponds to your interests, and that you want to utilize to help shape the architecture of the future. State-of-the-art technology is the focus in our four-semester Master’s program in Integrated Design. During the program, you will learn about digital tools of the trade and a modern approach to building for the future.

Your heart beats for...

... Facade construction, Computational Design, Digital planning and production methods, Building, Designing, Practical part, Foreign language English

A Degree Program with a Future

Type of Study

The construction industry is becoming more global, more international, and more subject to stricter local requirements over time. These trends shape the demands placed on buildings, construction measures, and accordingly on planning in the construction industry. In addition, digital technologies are permanently changing the building sector, expanding classic professional profiles. We place these technologies at the center of our degree program, and integrate operational aspects of information technology, building project development and academic work into the degree.

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree
  • Portfolio
  • Cover Letter 
  • Possibly a successful personal interview
  • Verified fluency in English, language level B2

Places in the Master’s degree program in “Integrated Design” (MID) are awarded through a selection process. You can find information on the selection process here (for all EU applicants).

Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

Facade Design:

1. Semester

  • Digital Tools and Methods 1
  • Construction and Dimensioning
  • Facade Design and Construction
  • Climate and Comfort

2. Semester

  • Digital Tools and Methods 2
  • Theory and Scientific Methods
  • Integrated Building Facade Design
  • Planning, Detailing and Production

3. Semester

  • Conference and Communication
  • Contextual Facade Design
  • Materials, Surfaces and Safety
  • Elective from catalogue

4. Semester

  • Master thesis, presentation and colloquium

Computational Design

1. Semester

  • Digital Tools and Methods 1
  • Construction and Dimensioning
  • Computational Design
  • Programming and Simulation

2. Semester

  • Digital Tools and Methods 2
  • Theory and Scientific Methods
  • Integrated Computational Building Design
  • Digital Fabrication

3. Semester

  • Conference and Communication
  • Contextual Computational Design
  • Computational Optimisation
  • Elective from catalogue

4. Semester

  • Master thesis, presentation and colloquium
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

Our Master’s degree in Integrated Design (MID)

  • teaches you about not only traditional design and planning methods, but in particular delivers theoretical and practical expertise on digital analysis, drafting, planning and production methods
  • provides you with a detailed overview of the latest technological developments
  • integrates operational aspects of information technology, building product development and academic work

Take a look at examples of students’ work:

Job Profiles

As a graduate, you will be qualified to work in private industry and public service, such as

  • in architecture firms
  • in engineering and planning offices
  • in the production industry
  • in research institutions or universities

In combination with at least a six-semester Bachelor’s degree program in Architecture, our degree enables you to obtain an internationally recognized professional qualification as an architect.

Cooperation With Companies
  • Schüco International KG
  • regular cooperations with numerous companies in the construction and design sectors
Research in the Department
  • Institut für Designstrategien (IDS - Institute for Design Strategies): The IDS conducts research on fundamental interactions between people and spaces. It develops strategies to help achieve a climate-resilient built environment, and takes advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization for innovative approaches and complex analyses. 
    Research focal areas: Regenerative design, human centered design and data driven design
  • Institut für Energieforschung (iFE - Institute for Energy Research): Interdisciplinary research institution with members from the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Detmold School of Design, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, and Business Administration and Economics. The iFE develops technologies and solutions for efficient, networked, and innovative energy systems in the fields of districts, mobility, and industry. 

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to life on land

Studying at Creative Campus Detmold

Our Creative Campus in Detmold

Planning and building in one place. This concept can be found on our Creative Campus. Through both topics, a very special teaching and research location has been created. The internationally renowned Detmold School of Design is located here, as well as the Civil Engineering Department and the Center for Sustainable, Digital Construction, which is currently under construction. Architectural ideas thus cross paths with new thinking in civil engineering, such as sustainable 3D printing. The campus is complemented by media production, which together with the Detmold Academy of Music and the University of Paderborn have created a completely new stage for the transfer between creative science and business in the KreativInstitut.OWL. The campus is also adjacent to the city center, which can thus be reached by foot.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Integrated Design
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Study model:
Restricted acceptance
Standard period of study:
4 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Creative Campus Detmold
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 30.06.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 01.02. – 31.03.
Currently no application possible