Reshaping Editorial Design
Editorial design can be used to convey complex stories in captivating ways in the form of magazines, news, books, web design, graphic novels or infographics.


New channels and platforms are changing our communication, and with it editorial design. Through these channels, content can be told in new ways that are exciting, intelligent and interactive.

How can you as a designer use the new possibilities of animation, interaction, networking or AI to advance important topics?


Discussions around sustainability, diversity, digital transformation, science and many other issues are increasingly encountering communication boundaries.

What can new editorial design do to make these boundaries more permeable?


If you are curious, like unconventional solutions and want to discuss, explore and implement new paths with other designers, then send us your portfolio.

Apply for the Master of Communication Design in Mainz: 'PUSH BOUNCE DROP - Reshaping Editorial Design'.

Over the course of three semesters you will lead discussions, participate and collaborate in workshops with external guests, undertake field trips, organize a conference and develop new editorial design.

Starting in the second semester, you will persue your own individual topic chosen from the wide field of new editorial design, this will be concluded it in the third semester with your master's thesis.

MA Communication Design

The MA Communication Design program at Mainz University of Applied Sciences trains up to sixteen bachelor and diploma graduates in the field of cross-media design practice and research. The goal is to expand design, conceptual and organizational skills.

Visual authors

As "visual authors", designers assume responsibility for content, reflect social, technical and cultural contexts in their designs and organize extensive design projects in teams. The skills required for this are taught in the Master of Communication Design within the framework of complex design projects and the development of an independent Master's thesis.

Design in Mainz

The city in which Johannes Gutenberg once invented typography is now home to one of Germany's largest design departments, consisting of communication design, interior design and time-based media.

24/7 Workplace

Each student is provided with a workspace accessible 24 hours a day in a master's floor set up for this purpose. Here you can work in a team: Printer, beamer, internet, kitchenette, etc. are provided by the university; you should bring your own computer.


All workshops of the department are open for creative experiments: Photography, Interactive Workshop, Digital Printing, Screen Printing, Bookbinding, Computer Pools and an extensive library. Other workshops such as model making, light laboratory or wood workshop are also accessible.

Study and family

Mainz University of Applied Sciences has been awarded the "Family-friendly university" certificate. All students are guaranteed childcare places for children from the age of six months. For further information, please contact the Equal Opportunities Officer at Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Career prospects

Graduates of the master's program work as freelance designers or in management positions where a high degree of professional and personal competence is required. In addition to independent, entrepreneurial work, possible career fields include art direction, creative direction, communication design in education and research - in agencies, publishing houses, design offices, cultural institutions as well as advertising agencies, media houses and design departments. The degree "Master of Arts" is also a prerequisite for doctoral studies and enables a career in higher service.

Application procedure

Applicants must have completed their studies with an overall grade of at least "good" (2.5) in a design-oriented bachelor's or diploma program. The application itself follows a multi-stage procedure: Submit the application for participation in the aptitude procedure.
For the portfolio check, upload a folder bearing your name and containing a PDF with your portfolio and a text file here. In the text file write your name and mail address.

After a successful portfolio check you will be invited to the oral exam and have to apply online in parallel. Applicants with a foreign degree must submit their transcripts via Uni-Assist.

Info event

An information event with portfolio consultation for this Master's program will take place on April 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Rheinstraße 19, 55116 Mainz, room R2.03 (iLab).

Also on April 29, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. there is the possibility. to participate in a virtual info event via Zoom. Please prepare an appropriate PDF if you would like to receive portfolio advice on this occasion.



Application deadline

Monday, June 15th, 2022
Resume, portfolio and
application for the eligibility process

Admission interviews

Thursday, June 30th, 2022,
Friday, July 1st, 2022

Online study place application

by July 15th, 2022 at the latest

Start date

October 3rd, 2022


Master of Arts
January 2024