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.

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.

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.

Completing the Master Course at DAE will lead to the title Master of Arts in Fine Art and 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 General Masters Coordinator via


In order to apply or more information, click here

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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

Masters Talk & Tour and/or Live Admissions

On Tuesday, 15 January 2019, DAE 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.


Kicking things off are our current Master's students, who will take you on a tour of the Academy building, including the workshops, the library and the Master Space. Then, at noon, we continue with an introduction to Design Academy Eindhoven's individual departments and Master's programmes, with talks by our heads of department as well as several of our alumni. (For more details on the speakers, please keep an eye on this page.) To round off the day's events, in the afternoon, two of our departments (ID and DC&W) will host in-depth seminars. Here, you will get a real taste of what it's like to study at DAE.


In the morning, 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, 23:59 (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.


Applications for the Masters 2019-2020 academic year, opened on October 1st, 2018 and the deadline is February 1st 23:59 (CET), 2019.

For more information and how 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.