Experimental Publishing

Illustration. Animation. Coding.

Master Communication Design, 2023

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Communicating scientific research results in an intelligible way is a task of enormous societal importance.

New technologies, new platforms and new ways of sharing information challenge us as designers to experiment with new tools and new ways of creating.

The subject areas of this course are the oceans, plant life, and biodiversity. In collaboration with international designers we want to develop new perspectives on our environment in the interplay of technology and culture. The goal is to open up new tools and design systems; our focus is on illustration, animation and coding.

Experimentally and conceptually, we want to ask how research results can be published today and in the future, and how theories can be implemented practically.



We draw on the lectures and the archive of the Oceans Uni Venice and tie in with the project


We cooperate with the Natural History Museum in Mainz; the Gutenberg Museum holds medieval publications on the plant world for us.


We network techniques and subject areas, create design systems, and experiment with AI.


There are 16 places available on this master’s course. We are looking forward to inquiring students who are interested in our topics and focus; different previous knowledge is no obstacle. You do not need to be a coding professional to choose this master. We start - if necessary - with the basics in all three areas.

This master’s course in communication design offers you the opportunity to continue your education in different areas for two semesters, or to dive deeper into one of the above-mentioned areas. The third semester is reserved for the master's thesis.

In some seminars we work together with the master program Time Based Media. Insights into the focus areas of film, audio and gaming are possible.

In addition to a digital portfolio showing about 10-20 works, we would like to get to know your ideas about a possible topic you would like to deal with in your master thesis. For this purpose, a written exposé of about one and a half pages is ideal.

We accept exposés in English and German. Further explanation about the application process.


Prof. Monika Aichele / Illustration
Alexander Roidl / Tandem-Prof. Media Technology
Prof. Claudia Nass Bauer / Design Strategy & Digital Ecosystem Design
Prof. Katja Davar / Experimental Drawing
Prof. Anja Stöffler / Animation, Motion Design
Beyza Tolgay, MA / Animation

Scientific cooperation partners are the Oceans University, Venice, the University of Bingen, the Gutenberg Museum and the Natural History Museum Mainz.

Collaboration with NODE Forum for digital arts.