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THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR THE STUDY YEAR 2017-2018 OPENS ON TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2016.

PRELIMINARY APPLICATION PROCEDURE

(Final details regarding the application procedure will be updated on 1 November 2016)

. THE MASTERS

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 programmes at Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) offer 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: designacademy.nl/masters


. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
The Masters application procedure for the academic year 2017-2018 consists of two steps:

1. Review of creative portfolio, video and motivation letter
2. Interview with selection committee
Applicants that 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 in some cases 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 and handing in a certified copy of his/her BA diploma.
 

. 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 study year 2017-2018 the application procedure opens on 1 November 2016.
More information regarding dates of interviews and final selection will be announced on 1 November 2016.
 

 . APPLICATION CHECK LIST FOR ALL CANDIDATES
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

1. Application form
The application form contains your general contact and personal information, your work experience and previous education and information about your financial support during your studies.
2. A copy of your valid passport
3. A digital portrait picture
4. A digital scan of your Bachelor degree
Practical note: please use a PDF format, and make sure that you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document.
Upload an updated version of your work resume.
5. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Practical note: please use a PDF format, and 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
Practical note: please use a PDF format. Make sure that 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 study. Do mention some topics that you would like to research for your thesis proposal in the second year. The motivation letter is an extension of the motivation that is mentioned in the application form.
7. One minute introduction video
Practical detail: you can only upload a video as MP4 format through the following browsers: google, firefox, Explorer, Google+, Safari and IOS.
Upload a one-minute video in which you introduce yourself to the selection committee team. Make sure that you mention what kind of designer you are and why you want to study at the masters. You don’t have to be “on camera” yourself the entire 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 together with the design representation and your English level.
8. Digital Portfolio for Contextual, Social and Information Design students
Practical detail: 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/designer, your position in the (design) world and your vision. We ask you to prepare a document were you can include images of your concepts and products, experiences of research and processes, design-related or not. Sketches, unfinished or conceptual work can also be included. Please make sure that you do not upload separate images, we require one document for your portfolio.
9. Digital Portfolio for Design Curating and Writing students
Practical detail: please use a PDF format with both pictures and text. Make sure that you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document.
Please upload three to five written essays, theses or articles of your hand together with two to three written exhibition reviews of your hand. Make sure that you mention your sources when literature is used.
10. English sufficiency test
We will test all candidates’ English level through the one-minute introduction video and in a later stage through the interview. Applicants who are not native English speakers could be requested to provide evidence of their English level. This we will only require when we are in doubt of your English level after the interview.
11. Nuffic certificate for Chinese students
For Chinese students it is mandatory to deliver a Nuffic certificate, including an IELTS language test score with a minimum of 7 points. It is required to have good knowledge of the English language in order to clearly communicate with your tutors and in order to develop and write your thesis research. If your English is not fluent you will have to consider to delay your application until you have developed the level required. More information regarding the Nuffic certificate you can find here.

. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ACCEPTED

  • Register through Studielink: www.designacademy.studielink.nl to confirm your intention to start in the 2017-2018 academic year of the Masters programme.
  • Students who are accepted have to pay a pre-deposit on the tuition fee of € 500 within 10 workdays after their acceptance date and they have to hand/send in a certified copy of their BA diploma. Only after the deposit has been paid, and the certified copy of the BA diploma has arrived at student administration, your enrolment in the programme is guaranteed.
  • Students who are accepted will receive detailed information and guidelines on visa preparation through email.
  • Students who are accepted but for serious reason(s) need to defer a year (meaning they will not be able to start their studies in September 2017) must notify the master office by email, before 31 May 2017. The € 500 deposit will guarantee your place in the course for the study year 2018-2019, but not after that. In case of late cancellation (later than 31 May 2017) students will lose their € 500 deposit.
  • The student administration needs 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 (nuffic link = http://www.studyinholland.nl/) in order to check if your title can be certified as bachelor diploma. Students who are graduating later in the year 2017 must bring a certificate, issued by the Board of Exams of their current educational institution, reporting that they are regularly enrolled for the bachelor level exam and the exam date.
  • For Chinese students it is mandatory to deliver a Nuffic certificate, including an IELTS language test score with a minimum of 7 points. It is required to have good knowledge of the English language in order to clearly communicate with your tutors and in order to develop and write your thesis research. If your English is not fluent you will have to consider to delay your application until you have developed the level required. More information regarding the Nuffic certificate you can find here.

. TUITION FEE & LIVING COSTS
These costs are indicative, and based on the study year 2016-2017.
Exact costs will be updated on 1 November 2016.
 

Dutch and other EU citizens € 1.951,00 per year
Non-EU students € 14.311,00 per year
Academy fund € 105,00
Administration costs  € 24,00


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

 

. CONTACT & INFO
For additional questions please email masters@designacademy.nl