CODE studying

A bachelor’s degree that prepares you for reality

Studying at CODE will be unlike any other higher-education experience. As a student, you will not be confronted with pre-selected knowledge but empowered to be a creative problem-solver who knows how to learn.

Become a Software Engineer, Interaction Designer or Product Manager

We believe that the most effective way to learn is not by passively absorbing selected facts and ready-made content to reproduce for the next exam. That’s where curiosity-driven education comes into play. As part of an interdisciplinary learning experience, many modules offered by one of our three programs are also credited towards the other two.

Bachelor of Arts in
Software Engineering

Software engineers solve real-world problems by crafting code in a multitude of environments, disci­plines and lang­uages – on their own and in teams.

Bachelor of Arts in
Interaction Design

Interaction designers use technology to identify user needs and then design, engineer and validate corresponding user interfaces and experiences.

Bachelor of Arts in
Product Management

Product managers develop strategies and concepts for digital products, coordinate their development, analyze and validate ideas and help them grow.

Science, Technology and Society

We want CODE to be a place where we reflect on technology and design. Our Science, Technology and Society Programme – short STS – provides all students with the opportunity to explore great ideas and express themselves beyond their field of study. STS tries to make you more creative, and prepare you for the responsibility that comes with working at the heart of many current social changes.

As unique as you are: Your Individual Competence Profile

At CODE we are not especially keen on handing out marks and grades, since we think that there are far better ways to document the skills and knowledge you possess.

That is why we are developing a special Competence Framework for our study programs. This framework encompasses the main competencies you can acquire while studying at CODE. Each competency is structured with different proficiency levels, with each level building on and incorporating the levels beneath.

At level zero you will not have any proficiency, while the last level represents the proficiency we expect from a bachelor’s student at the time of their final exam.
All proficiency levels are aligned with the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

But first we want to find out what competencies you already have. Although we don’t demand it, we are sure that many of our applicants already have significant programming, design or product management skills, knowledge, and experience. Our goal is to make them tangible and document them in your Individual Competence Profile. This profile will be the cornerstone of your learning experience and represent your advancements and successes in a more meaningful way than any collection of grades.

Your typical course of study

At CODE, the assessment of your skills will take place throughout our orientation semester. Only after that will you have to choose a study program and start your first core semester.

Learn about the courses and modules at CODE in detail.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer and pioneering aviator

General information, academic calendars and deadlines

  • Application Deadline

    Winter semester 2019: End of July 2019
    Winter semester 2020: End of July 2020

  • Prerequisites for study

    General or restricted university admission qualification or access without university admission qualification (Abitur) in accordance with section 11 of the Berlin Higher Education Act

  • Specific entrance requirements?

    No Numerus clausus

  • Standard time for completing course

    6 semesters

  • Orientation semester

    In the first semester, you will learn skills from all 3 programs. Afterwards you can decide which program you like best.

  • Decision for study program

    Based on the experience in your orientation semester you can make a truly informed decision about which study program to choose.

  • Core semesters

    Each Core semester will give you the opportunity to acquire new skills, master key concepts and gain state-of-the-art expert knowledge.

  • Synthesis semester

    In your last semester we will challenge you to apply all the skills and competencies you have acquired during your time at CODE.

  • Semester dates

    Winter semester: July 1 to December 31
    Summer semester: January 1 to June 30

  • Project phases

    For the winter semester: September 1 to December 31
    For the summer semester: January 1 to April 30

  • Breaks

    December 24 to January 6
    May 1 to August 31

  • Degree

    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)