We are looking for visionaries, for change makers, for futurologists, for people who want to take action, for bridge builders, for creative minds and high flyers.

Programme Date

01 March – 30 June 2020 Tyrol

Design as a motor of sustainable change

We live in a highly challenging world of rapid change and accelerating progress. New societal structures, scarce resources, climate change and exponentially growing digitalization provide totally new opportunities for the art and design of today and tomorrow. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, Designing Future Realities addresses these challenges and encourages participants to find solutions with a lasting positive impact on the development of our society.

In three modules, participants will examine what responsibility art and innovative design can assume in a societal development process. Students develop specific projects that culturally interweave various disciplines such as architecture, fashion, contemporary or applied arts and technology, creating synergy effects. The lectures and workshops will be guided by selected mentors and guest speakers. The programme is open to university students as well as executives from various related fields.

Who’s Designing Future Realities?

Designing Future Realities is a post-graduate programme offered by the University of Innsbruck in cooperation with Destination Wattens.

It is a novel format for responsible innovation in art and design that fuses the challenges caused by societal changes with emerging technologies and interdisciplinary science. The programme focuses on research areas of the University of Innsbruck as well as specific innovative subjects that blend scientific, artistic and design practices.

General information

Duration: 01 March – 30 June 2020

Curriculum: open programme consisting of three modules with 10 ECTS credits each
Graduation: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Expansion to a Master of Advanced is planned
Language: English

Apply for scholarship: 31 January 2020
Apply without scholarship: 31 January 2020
Costs: € 9,000

Target group: creative minds from all industries (e.g. architecture, fashion, contemporary or applied arts and technology) with a bachelor’s degree and/or professional experience in the relevant fields



Admission to the programme requires a thematically relevant diploma, bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an acknowledged post-secondary educational national oder international institution. Exceptions may be made for applicants holding the appropriate competencies based on their artistic and professional activities, experience and body of work for at least 3 years. Sufficient knowledge of English is required as the entire programme will be taught in English.


Students may apply online by submitting the following documents:

  • CV (in tabular form)
  • Copy of your (Bachelor / Master) Diploma
  • Extended portfolio of prior work
  • Project proposal explaining the artistic agenda, project details and timeline, a list of required equipment, as well as further project information, such as drawings, storyboards, recordings, clips,…
  • Motivation Letter


Designing Future Realities is an open programme consisting of three modules with 10 ECTS credits each.

Module 1 and 2 on Discourse and Context and Technique and Process focus on the contemporary design discourse, provide background knowledge and present the latest research findings available from the field.

Module 3 on Design and Intervention offers students an open studio that allows them to work on individual projects and implement what they have learned in modules 1 and 2.

Participants will have access to state-of-the-art prototyping labs at both Werkstätte Wattens and the University of Innsbruck.


Module 1: Discourse and Context /

Discourse and Context
Art, Design & Changing Societies

A lecture combined with a tutorial (VU), 5 ECTS

In this lecture, participants will acquire knowledge and skills regarding the current discourse of design, applied arts and aesthetics. The correlation between the various disciplines in a societal and cultural context will be explained and the impact of artistic interventions within changing societies discussed.

Learning objectives:
In Module 1, graduates will gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between design, art, aesthetics, culture and society. They will be introduced to the research field and gain insights into innovative and responsible design strategies and artistic activism.


Discourse and Context
Art, Design & Emerging Technologies

A lecture combined with a tutorial (VU), 5 ECTS

Students will acquire knowledge, skills and competencies in the fields of design, art and emerging technologies with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary examples and applications. The focus will be on the discourse and contexts of contemporary practices in design, art and architecture, as well as on a creative and innovative use of state-of-the-art technologies.

Learning objectives:
Students will obtain theoretical knowledge and an in-depth understanding of current design norms. This will help them to develop concepts for spatial installations, urban interventions and other artistic forms. They will learn to utilize and further develop existing tools to expand their artistic portfolio.

Module 2: Technique and Process /

Technique and Process
Art, Design & Cross-Disciplinary Sciences

A lecture combined with a tutorial (VU), 5 ECTS

This lecture provides students with fundamental knowledge and competencies in the field of cross-disciplinary scientific research. Different techniques and methods of artistic research and research by design will be discussed.

Learning objectives:
Students will obtain an insight into the various research methods and tools within arts-based research. Beyond the dichotomy of art and science, they will learn to understand the creative potential of a cross-disciplinary scientific approach within art, or an artistic agenda within science.


Technique and Process
Art, Design & Environmental Challenges

A lecture combined with a tutorial (VU), 5 ECTS

This lecture provides students with material, digital and intellectual tools to investigate the effects of climate change and apply them in their work on a territorial as well as microscopic scale. Different elements such as satellite mapping and biological models are combined to facilitate a design interpretation of these models.

Learning objectives:
Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge on territorial and microscopic methods to read and reinterpret systemic processes.

Module 3: Design and Intervention /

Open Studio – Design and Intervention

Design project, 10 ECTS

Module 3 enables participants to implement an individual complex design or art project in an open studio. In small groups, they utilize the methods and skills they acquired in the first two modules. Based on the application of different methods and techniques, students deepen their expertise in visual and spatial communication.

Learning objectives:
Graduates will be able to independently formulate, implement and present design and artistic concepts. They will know how to apply the in-depth knowledge and acquired skills to artistic concepts.


Werkstätte Wattens

Werkstätte Wattens

University of Innsbruck, Tyrol

University of Innsbruck, Tyrol



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