Application form

Information day: 24 November 2017
Application deadline extended: 30 November 2017
(replaces 16 October 2017 on the Application Form)
Candidate Interviews: 1 – 7 December 2017
Final admission: 8 December 2017
Semester start: 19 February 2017 *

* Students from countries that need a visa for Switzerland must expect approximately two months for visa issuance.

Application and Examination Fees

The fee charged for the admission process is CHF 100.00. Registrations will be valid only upon receipt of the full payment of the registration fee. Please enclose proof of payment (i.e. copy of the remittance coupon if you have paid at the post office or of your bank’s debit advice if you have made an online payment). A registration fee must be paid for each degree programme.
Candidates invited to attend a personal interview will be required to pay an examination fee of CHF 200.00 in addition to the registration fee. The request for payment of examination fees will be sent together with the invitation to interview.

Explanation for application form


The official course language is German. Fluent understanding of German is therefore required.

Choice of the specialization

The Master of Arts in Design offers six specializations as places of in-depth engagement with design. You will complete the Master study in one the specializations. This allows a personalised profile of study according to your individual strengths and interest. Please choose your specialization and, if necessary, an additional option. Your application will be checked by the eligible experts.

Letter of motivation and Master project idea

Provide a convincing outline of your motivation for the Master study on a maximum of 1 A4 page as well as a pathway-specific, research-oriented project idea on a maximum of 2 A4 pages. The project should indicate your interest, a situational analysis and personal approach. If necessary, you can provide further documentation to your application. The submitted project idea can but does not have to be part of your future Master study.

List of projects and references

Add a list of design projects or projects from previous activities in which you played a substantial part. These could include:

  • projects from any previous studies
  • projects from your design practice as employee or self-employed
  • research projects
  • theory-oriented projects

Please illustrate your projects, if possible.

Letter of Recommendation

Please attach at least 2 letters of recommendation for the Master of Arts in Design at the ZHdK. They should be from an appropriate institution/person (e.g. employer, Higher Education, or similar). We only evaluate complete applications.