Media Design Computing (MDI)

Media and computer science are omnipresent

Information technology is increasingly permeating our everyday lives and is omnipresent: Even people who are unfamiliar with technology should be able to deal with software systems in a playful and natural way. This results in new and higher demands on the ergonomics and user-friendliness of software: It should not only work, it should also be fun to use.

In addition to technical requirements, software systems must increasingly meet design and aesthetic demands: Attractive user interfaces and multimedia content such as images, video, audio and computer animations are playing an increasingly important role.

The new degree course in Media Design Computing builds a bridge between media design and computer science and brings together profound knowledge of methods and working methods from both fields. Media Design Computing is aimed at all those who aspire to IT studies that focus on both the design and programming of multimedia software systems.

Applications for the winter semester are made via

Aptitude test for computer science studies (online, anonymous, free of charge):


Information for International Students

The bachelor's programme in Media Design Computing is generally taught in German. Only selected modules are available in English for short-term exchange students. For admission as a regular degree-seeking student, a DSH 2 certificate (or equivalent) is required. Please refer to the following pages for further information.

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Brief overview

  • Degree

    Bachelor of Science (BSc)

  • Start of studies

    Winter semester

  • Subject group
    Informatik, Gestaltung, Medieninformatik, MINT
  • Form of study

    Full-time and part-time

  • Admissions procedure

    local limited-access

  • Field of interest
    Computer sciences, Information, Mathematics, Media, MINT, Technology, Design
  • Focal Themes

    2/3 Informatik, 1/3 Mediendesign

  • Pre-study internship


Development of websites, apps, games ...

... that involves ⅔ computer science, ⅓ media design.

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Course contents

The course

The Bachelor's course in Media Design Computing leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in a standard period of study of 7 semesters. With this degree, you are ideally prepared to enter professional life or to pursue a Master's degree.

During the first part of your studies, you will learn the basics of computer science and media design and acquire a sound knowledge of mathematics, programming, software engineering, animation and authoring systems. The content of this study phase is weighted 2/3 towards computer science and 1/3 towards media design.

The second study phase is characterised by increasing practical relevance and interdisciplinary characteristics. After you have gained further knowledge in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing and usability, current questions from application and research are dealt with in practical projects.

During a practical semester or a semester abroad, you can make international contacts or gain insights into the working world and everyday life in a company. You complete your course with a Bachelor's thesis.

The illustration shows the curriculum; detailed module descriptions can be found in the module handbook (see More information).

Skills in technology and design make you fit for new occupational fields

Technology is developing rapidly, and old media such as television, radio, newspapers and books are increasingly merging with the Internet. This will create new applications and markets in the next few years and thus new activities and occupational fields.

Therefore, IT specialists with solid expertise in media design and computer science are needed. For this reason, the Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts has created the innovative Media Design Computing degree course specifically for this purpose. Those who want to combine technical competences in computer science with the design principles of media design for the development of websites, apps, games or interactive applications will find what they are looking for in this degree course.

Computer Science
Media Design

Creative systematics

Creativity and systematics are not mutually exclusive; on the contrary, they inspire each other. Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts would like to respond to this aspect with the new Media Design Computing degree course, which is offered jointly by the Design and Media (Faculty III) and Computer Science (Faculty IV) departments.

Media productions are team projects. The diversity of digital media requires a strongly interdisciplinary education of the professionals involved. For a convincing end result, designers with computer science skills and computer scientists with design skills are needed. The graduates of our degree course, which is unparalleled nationwide in this orientation, bring with them the sought-after mixture of creativity and systematics.

The Media Design Computing degree course imparts interdisciplinary knowledge in both areas. Due to its focus on the combination of media, design and computer science, it offers a broad basis and thus good prospects on the future job market. Studying across subject boundaries opens up new ways of thinking and perspectives and enables the training of both technical-scientific and artistic-design skills.

Application-oriented interdisciplinarity with a future

In our degree course, you learn in a project-oriented way: Already in the first semester, you work on your own project in a small team.

From the third semester onwards, you will carry out several practical projects together with computer science and design students. You will benefit from the numerous cooperations of the degree courses Media Design and Applied Computer Science with renowned partners, such as various museums, the Lower Saxony Parliament, the Schauspielhaus Hannover, Continental AG, Mast Jägermeister AG and Ambient Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG.

The Media Design Computing degree course opens up future-oriented professional contacts for you while you are still studying.

Overseas experience and practical phase

The 5th semester offers a mobility window that can be used for a stay abroad. During this semester, students can choose between a practical phase or a phase abroad, which is followed up by a seminar.

The phase abroad consists of a semester abroad, which can be carried out at a partner university (e.g. via ERASMUS+) or at a university of one's own choice. Courses to the extent of 20 ECTS credits must be taken, which can be chosen freely as far as possible, taking into account the level and subject reference.

The alternative practical phase of 15 weeks can be completed in a company in Germany, but also abroad. It offers the opportunity to gain insight into future fields of work.

Further information:

  • Field reports on stays abroad in the Portal Wanderlust of the International Office of the HsH.
  • Information on stays abroad from the International Courses Team of Faculty IV

Job market and fields of work

After successfully completing your course, you can expect an extensive and varied job market. In particular, companies in the digital media industry in the catchment area of Hanover - Hamburg - Berlin offer you attractive careers in the fields of games and edutainment, web systems, interactive applications, 3D animations, mobile apps or e-learning courses.

Your field of work is wherever technical and design skills are in demand. The following applies here: As diverse as our degree course educates, as broad are the subsequent fields of application. Typical employers are:

  • The traditional media industry (broadcasters, publishers, etc.)
  • Multimedia agencies and online media companies
  • Software and consulting companies
  • Companies in the content and entertainment industry
  • Service providers in the field of digital, interactive media
  • Authorities and public companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Automotive industry
  • Information, communication and design departments of medium-sized and large companies

Course prerequisites

To study Media Design Computing, you should have mathematical, logical and design skills. If you were interested in mathematics, art, physics or computer science during your school years, you have the ideal prerequisites for successful course.

You will be admitted to the Bachelor's course if you have a suitable university entrance qualification (e.g. A-levels/university entrance qualification). The degree course in Media Design Computing offers a limited number of places. Your final grades play an important role in the allocation process. A specialisation in the school subjects Mathematics, Computer Science and/orArt as well as good performance in the core subjectsGerman and Englishare positively considered. Completed training in computer science, commercial computer science or media design as well as participation in student seminars or summer schools of the Department of Computer Science also count. Details can be found in the admission regulations (see Further information).


The bachelor's degree course in Media Design Computing (MDI) at the Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts started for the first time in the winter semester 2015/16 with 37 places. Admission takes place annually in the winter semester. Applications for the following winter semester are possible from the end of April, and the application deadline is 15 July.

Details on the application procedure and the documents to be submitted:

Online application to the Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts

You can find the degree course at Faculty IV – Business and Computer Science.

Important: A separate application procedure applies to applicants with foreign educational certificates; the application deadline is 15 May (see note under the above link).

Further information

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