Design PF

Master of Arts in Design & Future Making


With the MADFM we move between yesterday, today and tomorrow. We understand design in the context of cultural critique, of making sense of the world in which we not only live, but constantly help shape. We explore boundaries, perceptions and ideas in a diverse artistic and design environment, at the intersection of analog craft and computer-based design, traditional and digital manufacturing, material science and ecology.



Are you curious, experimental, hands-on, and a critical thinker?
Are you interested in exploring and developing the possibilities and limits of making as an essential design understanding between craft and digital technologies?
Do you work flexibly and questioningly in both interdisciplinary teams and individual personal projects and handle them creatively and professionally?
Then MADFM is the right thing for you!



We experiment with promising technologies and materials, test sensory and cognitive s(t)imulations, and address the question of "the future" by playing with the idea that the future is something feasible. We question existing methods, systems and the way they are managed. What does this mean for our work and responsibility, the implicit meanings of design and the resulting consequences?

A consistent and sustainable approach to the present leads to a meaningful future.

‚The Invasive Identity of Bamboo‘ von Joshua Burghardt, 2021


The MADFM curriculum provides a diverse environment that encourages research, analysis of complex situations, and development of personal positions. Our students grasp the fundamental implications of material and technological developments in the context of a forward-looking understanding of "making" in design.



The latest artistic and digital research paired with an eye for manufacture result in a unique study program: process and form are the focus, leading to integrative and haptic design and communication. This cross-fertilization and hands-on approach allows students* from a wide range of disciplines - design, architecture, art, science and engineering (with a demonstrated affinity for design) - to strategically sharpen and deepen their personal focus and design skills through research, experimentation and exploration of contexts.



Instagram: @madfm_design_pf                

Flyer M.A. in Design & Future Making (pdf, in German)


MADFM's practice-based projects are supported by specialists from the fields of jewelry, fashion, accessory design, industrial design, visual communication, and art, and are fostered by a critical thinking discourse. Transdisciplinary links with other disciplines at Pforzheim University, such as engineering, business and law, round out the program. Our diverse and well-equipped workshops such as goldsmithing and silversmithing, electroplating, woodworking, plastics, textiles and leather, ceramics, photography and screen printing, complemented by digital systems and tools, serve as open laboratories for your practical developments. The Northern Black Forest region, with its rich culture of small and large manufactories, offers opportunities for collaboration with industry, and connections to various research institutes allow for a wide range of research contexts outside of university offerings.



The MADFM encourages the development of a research-oriented and exploratory mindset, provides space and time for experimental design and reflection, and prepares you in every way to become an effective agent of cultural, social, and environmental change.


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‚Symbeyond Realities‘ von Nina Hanselmann, 2021
‚Tantra‘ von Vanessa Ohlhausen, 2020