Students finish the Master Course not only with a new title, they have also deepened their personal talents. The positions they acquire are as diverse as there are options for designers with a broad interest in autonomous thinking, concept development, research, interdisciplinary cooperation and teaching.
Some continue to work in their own design studios, alone (such as Tuomas Tolvanen, Therese Granlund, Thomas Gabzdil, Jose Rojas, Juan-Montero-Valdes), or with a partner (such as Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin: Formafantasma; Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler: mischer’traxler; Mario Minale and Kuniko Maeda: Minale-Maeda, Jon Stam and Maya Ben David). Some create incidental partnerships (such as Thomas Vailly and Itay Ohaly). Some continue to study (such as Alicia Ongay Perez; Joana Meroz and Giovanni Innella have taken up a scientific career). A number of masters have started to cooperate with scientists to work on visionary plans (such as Sonja Bäumel, Maurizio Montalti, Giacomo Piovan). Several alumni now hold leading positions within major companies in their homelands (such as Po-Ching Liao). Some work as project managers (such as Agata Jaworszka who works for Droog Design). Some work on research projects of DAE (such as Karianne Rygh). Many have become design teachers apart from their design research practices (such as Alvin Ho, Tal Erez and Irma Foldenyi).
DAE has a strong alumni programme, keeping track of the former students’ careers and now and then involving them in special projects. Most Master students come from abroad to study in Eindhoven; after their graduation many of them continue to stay in the Netherlands, for which special allowances have been created.