Designers, curators and theorists work in a world that is always in flux. They are faced with complex themes that cannot be reduced to readily solvable design problems and that demand the critical eye of well-informed, creative minds. Increasingly, they will be crossing the boundaries of their disciplines. The Master programmes at Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) offer students the tools to research and analyse complex situations, and the expertise to develop personal views on possible interventions. The aim is to further design and design theory and to educate skilled (multidisciplinary) collaborators.
The Master course is an English-language, two-year full time programme. To be admitted into one of the Master programmes you must pass a selection procedure. For more information on the four MA departments at DAE, visit these websites:
www.mastercontextualdesign.info, www.mastersocialdesign.info, www.masterinformationdesign.info, www.masterdesigncuratingwriting.info.
The Masters application procedure for the 2017-2018 academic year consists of two steps:
1. A review of your creative portfolio, video and motivation letter
2. An interview with the selection committee
Applicants whose portfolio, video and motivation letter are favourably reviewed will be invited for an interview. We inform applicants whether they have been accepted after the interviews round. Some applicants may be placed on a waiting list. Those who are accepted will receive an email with a checklist to formally confirm their status as aspiring students
WHO CAN APPLY
The minimum requirement for new Master students is a completed course at Bachelor level, preferably specialised in design, architecture, art or science.
HOW TO APPLY
For the 2017-2018 academic year the application procedure runs from 17 October 2016 until 15 April 2017.
Deadline final round of applications: 15 April 2017
(Applications are reviewed in April, Skype interviews are scheduled for end-April and interviewees will hear if they have been accepted before 1 May 2017)
APPLICATION CHECKLIST FOR ALL MASTERS CANDIDATES
Please note: incomplete applications will not be reviewed
1. Application form
The application form contains your general contact and personal details, your professional experience and previous education, and information about your financial situation.
2. A copy of your valid passport
3. A digital portrait picture
4. A digital scan of your Bachelor Certificate
Practical note: please use a PDF format, and make sure you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document.
5. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Practical note: please use a PDF format, and make sure you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document. Upload an updated version of your work resume.
6. Motivation letter
Practical note: please use a PDF format. Make sure you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document.
The motivation letter is a statement describing your motivation and expectations concerning the programme and your studies at Design Academy Eindhoven, including your professional expectations after completing your course. You should mention a few possible topics that you would like to research for your thesis proposal in the second year. The motivation letter is an extension of the motivation in the application form.
7. One-minute introduction video
Practical detail: you can only upload a video in MP4 format using the following browsers: Google, Firefox, Explorer, Google+, Safari and IOS.
Upload a one-minute video in which you introduce yourself to the selection committee. Make sure you mention what kind of designer you are and why you want to attend the DAE Masters course. You don’t have to be “on camera” yourself for the full minute, but we do want to see you, and hear you speak as well. We will evaluate this video based on the information that you communicate, the design representation and your level of English proficiency.
8. Digital Portfolio for Contextual, Social and Information Design students
Practical detail: please use a PDF format with both pictures and text. Make sure you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document. Please do not upload separate images; your portfolio should be a single document.
The purpose of the portfolio is to show a selection of your work, interests and fascinations. It should reflect who you are as a creative person/designer, your position in the (design) world and your vision. Prepare a document that includes images of the concepts and products you have designed and any design-related or other research work or processes you have been part of. You may also include sketches, unfinished or conceptual work.
9. Digital Portfolio for Design Curating and Writing students
Practical detail: please use a PDF format with both pictures and text. Make sure you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document.
Please upload three to five essays, theses or articles you have written, alongside two to three exhibition reviews you have written. Make sure to credit your sources when you quote others.
10. English proficiency test
We test all candidates’ English proficiency level, using the one-minute introduction videos, and at a later stage the interviews to test your fluency. Applicants who are not native speakers of English may be requested to provide evidence of their English proficiency level.
11. Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students
Due to student visa requirements, it is mandatory for Chinese students to present a Nuffic Certificate, which must include an IELTS language test score with a minimum of 7 points. Applicants whose command of English is insufficient should consider delaying their application until their English language skills reach the level required. Further information regarding the Nuffic Certificate can be found here.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ACCEPTED
- Register through Studielink: www.designacademy.studielink.nl to confirm your intention to start the Masters programme in the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Students who are accepted must pay a € 500 pre-deposit on their tuition fee within 10 workdays after the acceptance date. They must also hand in or send in a certified copy of their BA Certificate. Enrolment in the course is guaranteed only AFTER the deposit has been paid and the student administration has received the certified copy of the BA Certificate.
- Non-EU students will receive detailed information and guidelines on visa preparation via e-mail.
- Students who have been accepted, but need to defer a year for serious reasons (i.e. who will not be able to start their course in September 2017) must notify the Masters Office: send us an e-mail before 31 May 2017. The € 500 deposit will guarantee a place in the course for the 2018-2019 academic year, but not for any later year. A late cancellation (later than 31 May 2017) means you lose your € 500 deposit.
- The student administration must receive a certified copy of your Bachelor Certificate, 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 to check if your title can be certified as a Bachelor degree. Students who are set to graduate in 2017 must bring a certificate, issued by the Board of Exams of their current educational institution, stating that they are enrolled for the Bachelor level exam and stating the exam date.
- For Chinese students it is mandatory to present a Nuffic Certificate, including an IELTS language test score with a minimum of 7 points. Students at DAE are required to be proficient in English, both to facilitate communication with their tutors and to develop and write their thesis research. Applicants whose English is not fluent should consider delaying their application until their English language skills reach the level required. Further information regarding the Nuffic Certificate can be found here.
TUITION FEE & LIVING EXPENSES
These costs are indicative, based on the 2016-2017 academic year. DAE’s tuition fee structure is based on nationality, as mandated by the Dutch government. Fees are adjusted every academic year.
|Dutch and other EU citizens
||€ 1,951 per year
||€ 14,311 per year
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.
Please reserve the additional amount of living expenses specified below. These specifications are based on a single student living in Eindhoven:
|Rent & public utilities*
||€ 600 a month
||€ 400 a month
|Books, other study materials
||€ 250 a month
||€ 100 a month
||€ 300 a month
CONTACT & INFO
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