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 analyse 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 minimum requirement for new Master students is a completed course at Bachelor level in design, design history, curatorial studies or equivalent discipline.* During the Master course the authorship of the designer or designtheorist will be reinforced. Students strengthen and focus their positions; learn to reflect on the profession and its limits; develop their personal imagery and signature; research topical questions in order to come up with valid design, presentation or text proposals. The cultural context in which designers and their products ‘function’ is the guiding principle, but the domains the students will research may be socially, technically, or economically oriented as well.
The Master course of Design Academy Eindhoven consists of four research programmes: Contextual Design, Social Design, Information Design and Design Curating and Writing. The two-year curricula are set up around research and design assignments, given by the mentors of the four departments, and lectures and workshops, given by guest lecturers. During the second year, students work on individual research themes, which they have formulated themselves. In order to formulate topical research themes DAE Masters regularly cooperate with external institutions, governments, companies, leading experts, as well as with the researchers of the DAE- Lectoraten (Readerships/Professorships).
Apart from the lessons of each programme there is a general theory, workshop and discussion programme for all Master students: Source. Lectures by the visiting critics and guests of the programme Design Curating and Writing will be shared by all Master programmes.
Completing the Master Course at DAE will lead to the title Master of Design, MDes.
(English is the language of instruction)
* Applicants with a Bachelor degree in art, architecture, art history, or the humanities, with a demonstrable affinity with design, can also apply. DAE will not deviate from the rule that the Master’s is a two-year course and that a completed Bachelor’s programme is a requirement for admission, except in highly exceptional cases. Students who believe they are eligible for certain exemptions may submit their request to the Programme Manager of the Masters, Judith Konz.