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

Information Session during DDW

Join us during Dutch Design Week!
Curious about the Master programmes at Design Academy Eindhoven?
Come and meet us:

Daily MA information sessions during DDW
From Monday 22 October until Saturday 27 October the Design Academy Eindhoven invites you to join our Master information sessions at De Campina, Kanaaldijk-Zuid. 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 information sessions you will get a first taste of our 4 MA departments in a small presentation provided by Master students, tutors, 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, you will be introduced to the most recent master graduates who have produced wonderful designs in this year’s Graduation Show; G18.

The sessions are accessible via the "VIP & Groups" entrance (follow the Study@DAE signs).
Entrance is free and the spoken language is English.
Joining the information session also allows you free entrance to the DAE Graduation Show 2018.

In addition, from Monday 22 October – Saturday 27 October you can join a Bachelor information session, every day at 11:00h and at 15.00h. During the Bachelor information sessions, you will get a first taste of our 8 BA departments in a small presentation provided by a Bachelor student and a member of Staff. Here you will be informed about the curriculum, the application procedure, and life at the academy. Read more.



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.