Application Deadlines

Applications for the Masters 2019-2020 academic year are open, the deadline is February 1st 23:59 (CET), 2019.


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:,,,

The Masters application procedure for the 2019-2020 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

The minimum requirement for new Master students is a completed course at Bachelor level, preferably specialised in design, architecture, art or science.


Applications for the Masters 2019-2020 academic year are open and the deadline is February 1st 23:59 (CET), 2019.

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 - please mention your Skype-ID at the right top corner
Practical note: please use a PDF format. Make sure you reduce the PDF file size before you upload the document in the transfer channel.
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 application form.

7. One-minute introduction video
Practical detail: you can only upload a video in MP4 format using the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
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 submit 3-5 samples of your published or unpublished writing, totalling no more than 2,500 words. The samples can come from essays, reviews, dissertations etc, and  can be full pieces or excerpts.

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.


  • Register through Studielink after May 1st 2019: to confirm your intention to start the Masters programme in the 2019-2020 academic year and to arrange the payment of your tuition fee (more info here).
  • 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.
  • In order to be able to study in the Netherlands, you may require a visa and/or residence permit. More detailed information
  • 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 2019) must notify the Masters Office: send us an e-mail before 31 May 2019. The € 500 deposit will guarantee a place in the course for the 2020-2021 academic year, but not for any later year. A late cancellation (later than 31 May 2019) means you lose your € 500 deposit.
  • The student administration must receive a 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 2019 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.

These costs are indicative, based on the 2018-2019 academic year. DAE’s tuition fee structure is based on nationality, as mandated by the Dutch government. Fees are adjusted every academic year. More information can be found here.

Dutch and other EU citizens € 2,060 per year
Non-EU students € 15,110 per year
Academy fund € 105
Administration fee € 24

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
Food € 400 a month
Books, other study materials € 250 a month
Transportation € 100 a month
Other expenses € 300 a month

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

Master application form


Fill out the application form online.

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Masters Talk & Tour and/or Live Admissions

On Tuesday, 15 January 2019, Design Academy Eindhoven will open its doors for a Talk&Tour, giving prospective graduate students the opportunity to get a sneak peek of all four of its Master's programmes. There will also be a Live Admissions.

The Master’s Talk&Tour programme will start at 10 a.m. and offer tours, in-depth seminars and talks. Tours of the Academy building will be led by current students, and will include visits to DAE’s workshops, the library and our Master Space. Want to get a real taste of what classes are like at DAE? Come to one of the in-depth seminars, hosted by our ID and DC&W departments. If you’re curious to find out more about what it’s like to be a student at DAE, join one of the talks given by our current students and alumni – they’ll also gladly answer any questions you might have. Throughout the day, staff from Student Administration will be available to answer practical questions regarding visas, diplomas and the application procedure.
Please note that there will not be one, fixed programme. Visitors can put together their own programme for the day by selecting components that are relevant to their interests.

In the morning, between 9 and 10 a.m., you can hand in your hard-copy portfolio and motivation letter as part of our Live Admissions. Your application will then be reviewed by a number of selected tutors from each of DAE's four departments and the heads of department. If you pass this first round, you will be invited for an interview later that same day, in the afternoon. At the end of this interview, the selection committee will let you know straight away if you have been accepted.

To get a sense of what we expect from a portfolio and motivation letter, read points 6 and 8/9 of our Application Procedure.

Unable to make it to Eindhoven on 15 January? The deadline for online application is 1 February 2019, 11 p.m. (CET). You can apply online now!
Please note that taking part in the Live Admissions will enhance your chances of being accepted.

Registration for the Talk&Tour (10 a.m.) and/or Live Admissions (9 a.m.) opens mid November. You can sign up online now. A complete schedule of the day will be published shortly.