APPLICATION closed for study year 2015-2016


3 FEBRUARY 2015 - 25 MAY 2015


Designers, curators and theorists work in a world in flux. They are faced with complex themes that cannot be reduced to readily solvable design problems. More and more they will be crossing the boundaries of their disciplines, while the themes they work on deserve the critical view of well-informed creative minds. The Master course at Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) offers students the tools needed to research and analyze complex situations, and develop personal views on possible interventions, both to improve their individual design, or design theory, practice and to create (multidisciplinary) collaborations with others.

The Master course is an English spoken two year full time programme. In order to attend one of the Master programs you must first pass a selection of the applications. For more information concerning the Master departments vision and content, please visit our website:


The Masters application procedure for the academic year 2015-16 consists of two important steps:

1. Review of creative portfolio, video and motivation letter
No fees are requested for this step in the application procedure.

2. Interview with department head and team of mentors
Applicants who are positively reviewed during step one, will be invited for an interview. After the interview the applicant will hear whether he/she is accepted or put on the waiting list. After the applicant hears whether he/she is accepted, he/she needs to finalize his/her acceptance in the programme by payment of the pre-deposit.


The minimum requirement for new Master students is a completed course at Bachelor level, which is specialised in design, architecture, art or science.


Only when you uploaded all your documents and filled in the application procedure completely, you will receive a confirmation of your application. All forms must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

1. Application form
The application form holds general contact and personal information, your working experience and previous education and information about the financial support you will have for your studies.

2. Valid copy of your passport

3. Digital portrait picture of you

4. Digital upload of your Bachelor degree
Or students who are graduating later in the year 2015 must upload a certificate, issued by the Board of Exams of the educational institution, reporting that you are regularly enrolled for the bachelor level exam and the exam date.

5. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Practical details: please use a pdf format. Make sure that you reduce the pdf file size before you upload the document.
Upload an updated version of your work resume.

6. Motivation letter
The motivation letter is a statement describing your motivations and expectations concerning the studies at Design Academy Eindhoven you wish to apply for, including your professional expectations after completion of your studies. Also mention some topics that you would like to research as thesis proposal for your second year.

7. One minute introduction movie
Practical details: you can only upload a movie as MP4 format through the following browsers: google, firefox, Explorer, Google+, Safari and IOS.
Upload a one minute movie in which you introduce yourself to the selection team. Who are you, what kind of designer are you, why do you want to study at the masters etc.

8. Digital Portfolio
Practical details: please use a pdf format with both pictures and text. Make sure that you reduce the pdf file size before you upload the document.
The purpose of the portfolio is to show a selection of your work, interests and fascinations. It should reflect who you are as creative person, your position in the (design) world and your vision. We ask you to prepare a PDF where you can include images of your concepts and products, experiences of research, design-related or not. Sketches, unfinished or conceptual work can also be included in the portfolio.

Select an article you wrote (max 1000 words), it could be an essay, or other work that evidences your writing skills.


  • Register through Studielink: to confirm your intentions to start in the 2015-2016 academic year of the Masters education.
  • Students who are accepted have to pay a pre-deposit on the tuition fees of € 500 within 10 workdays from their acceptance date. Only after the deposit is paid, their place in the course is guaranteed.
  • Students who are accepted will receive detailed information and guidelines on visa preparation by email.
  • Students who are accepted but for a serious reason need to defer a year (meaning they will not be able to start their studies in September 2015) must notify the Master Office by email, before JUNE 15, 2015. In case of late cancellation (later than JUNE 15, 2015) you will lose your € 500 tuition fee deposit.
  • We will need to receive a certified copy of your Bachelor degree, issued by the educational institution that awarded your undergraduate degree (bachelor level). If you are not sure about the validity of your diploma you can contact Nuffic ( in order to check if your title can be certified as bachelor diploma. Students who are graduating later in the year 2015 must bring a certificate, issued by the Board of Exams of the educational institution, reporting that you are regularly enrolled for the bachelor level exam and the exam date.
  • Since education at Design Academy Eindhoven takes place in English, your English language skills should be sufficient enough to be able to communicate your ideas, present your work and have a dialogue about it. We will test your English communication skills in a practical, informal way; by listening to you and talking with you during the selection day (comparable to IELTS overall band score 6.0). Candidates with insufficient English skills cannot be accepted.
    Only for candidates from China it is mandatory that they have a NESO certificate (which also contains an English language test like IELTS or TOEFL).


The tuition fee* for the school year** 2015 - 2016 is:

-Euro   1.951,-                        for EU students (transfer possible in one time or instalments)

-Euro 14.311,-                        for non-EU students (transfer is only possible in one time)

In both cases always fill out the digital authorization for the payment in studielink.
This is very important because by this action your admission will be completed .

Other costs:

-Euro      105,-                        Academy Fund

-Euro        24,-                        Administration costs

Please make sure you pay the fees before August 1st, 2015

The academy has a tuition structure based on nationality, as mandated by the Dutch government. Each school year the tuition fee will be adjusted/indexed.

We can give the following estimate of additional living costs for a single student in Eindhoven, based on a moderate lifestyle:

Rent & public utilities*  € 600 a month
Food  € 400 a month
Books, other study materials  € 250 a month
Transportation  € 100 a month
Other expenses  € 300 a month



For any further question please mail to