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MASTER DEPARTMENTS DESIGN ACADEMY EINDHOVEN

Eindhoven: 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, though the domains the students will research, may be socially, technically, or economically oriented as well.

Programmes
The Master programmes of Design Academy Eindhoven consist of four research departments: 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 design and workshop tutors, writing and thesis supervisors 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 the Masters department 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 department, every department organize lectures by visiting critics and guests, theory, workshop and discussion events within the so called Source programme. Often these events are open for all master students.

Students
The programme aims at professionals working within the domains of design, curatorial practices, design theory, critical studies, or related domains. Designers with an analytical writing talent gain more skills and knowledge, to be able to relate their design process to reflecting, curating and writing. Theorists with an academic background gain more insight into the practical, creative and hands-on aspects of the design process, to either deepen their analytical skills and/or to develop an expertise in designing curatorial plans.

Diploma
Completing the Master Course at DAE will lead to the title Master in Design (MA in design). * 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 via Masters@designacademy.nl

* 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 via Masters@designacademy.nl

In order to apply or more information, click here

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MA-IN DESIGN / THEN WHAT?

Students finish the Master Course not only with a new title, they have also deepened their personal talents. The positions they acquire are diverse as there are many options for designers and design theorists with a broad interest in autonomous thinking, concept development, research, interdisciplinary cooperation and teaching.

Design studio (designer & entrepeneur)

















Design studio with partner (designers & entrepeneurs)












Incidental partnerships (project-based)




 

Study in design & art




 

Design theorists




 

Critical design activists




 

Cooperations with scientists




 

Position within a major company




 

Designer within a design collaboration










 

Design curators & teachers

Talk&Tour

Talk&Tour with us during Dutch Design Week!
Curious about the Master programmes at Design Academy Eindhoven?
Come and meet us:

Daily MA Talk&Tour during DDW
From Monday 23 October until Saturday 28 October the Design Academy Eindhoven invites you to join our Master Talk&Tour. Every day at 13:00 the doors are open to blooming designers who are interested in joining one of our esteemed Master programmes. During the Talk&Tour days you will get a first taste of our 4 MA departments in a small presentation provided by Master students, coordinators or the heads of the departments. Here you will be informed about the curriculum, the application procedure, and life at the academy. After a short Q&A, they will take you on a tour of the workshops and where you will be introduced to the most recent master alumni who have produced wonderful designs in this year’s Graduation Show; MINED.

The Talk&Tour will be held on the first floor of the White Lady Building (follow the Talk&Tour signs).
Entrance is free and the spoken language is English.
Joining Talk&Tour also allows you free entrance to the DAE Graduation Show afterwards.

To find out who is presenting the talks, check our website and social media.

16 January 2018 Talk&Tour and Fast Lane Selection
On Tuesday 16 January 2018, the Master programmes at the DAE will open their doors for a Talk&Tour. During the Talk&Tour possible applicants are afforded a sneak peak of all four Master programmes.
After Talk&Tour, you have the opportunity to meet the heads of all four departments. They will be there to review your portfolio (either hard-copy or digital) on the spot and tell you straight away if you will be accepted.
To find out more about the requirements for a portfolio, go here.

For further information for signing up for the Talk&Tour and Fast Lane Selection, keep an eye on this page!

Applications

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the online application procedure started on October 1 2017 and ends on February 1 2018. For more information and to apply please click here.

Location and facilities

Eindhoven is located in the south of the Netherlands, and with 250,000 inhabitants it is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands. Eindhoven was originally an industrial city, hometown to Philips Electronics and Lighting, and a city that emphasizes technology and engineering. It has developed into a centre for innovation, research and design. With its many educational institutions and with leading companies choosing Eindhoven as their base, Eindhoven is often referred to as the ‘brainport of the Netherlands’.

Eindhoven is strategically located in relation to the rest of Europe. It has its own airport and excellent rail and road connections. Amsterdam, Brussels and Cologne only take a 90 minutes train ride and Paris, London and Berlin are within easy reach by car, train or airplane.

Design Academy Eindhoven is situated in the heart of Eindhoven and occupies 10,000 m2 of the striking landmark ‘deWitteDame’ (the White Lady Building). Built in 1928 as Philips’ first largescale lighting factory, it has now become Eindhoven’s thriving centre for information, design, art and technology. Besides the academy it also houses a public library, several art galleries, the Philips design department and various commercial services for students and general public.