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 The Critical Inquiry Lab. 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

On Friday 27 September 2019, Friday 1 November 2019, Friday 29 November 2019, Friday 31 January 2020, Friday 28 February 2020, Friday 3 April 2020, Friday May 1 2020 and Friday 29 May 2020, we organise a tour for prospective students. To sign up, please send an email to

Daily Meet the Masters sessions during the Graduation Show
From Monday 21 October until Saturday 26 October at 13:00 the DAE masters invites you to join the informal tours and Q&A with students and our graduates, at the Graduation Show. Ask everything you’d like to know about studying at the DAE Masters. After the Q&A you will be introduced to the most recent master graduates who have produced wonderful designs in this year’s Graduation Show.

The sessions are accessible via the ‘Fast Lane’ entrance.

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Students finish their Master 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


Admissions for academic year 2020-2021 open on November 1st 2019, 09:00 am (Central European Time). You will be able to apply online

We work with several live and online application rounds (Live: January 14 2020 @ DAE. Online: February 1 2020 23:59 CET, online: March 1 2020 23:59 CET and online: mid April), apply at you earliest opportunity to increase your chance of being admitted.


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.