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 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 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

Previous events: Talk&Tour

16 January 2018 Talk&Tour and Fast Lane Selection

Meet the Masters heads, tutors, students, and alumni, tour the Academy, and bring your portfolio for a fast lane selection process!

On Tuesday 16 January 2018 the Master departments at the DAE will open their doors for a Talk&Tour and the Fast Lane Selection.

During the Talk&Tour you can have a sneak peak into each of the four Master departments.

After the Talk&Tour, you have the opportunity to meet the heads of the departments, for the so-called Fast Lane Selection. They will each be there to review your portfolio (either hard-copy or digital) on the spot and tell you straight away if you are accepted!


Programme of January 16

Throughout the whole day ­– Fast Lane Selection for Contextual Design and Social Design

10:30 ­­– Doors open

11:00 – 12:00 Introduction to the Design Academy Eindhoven Masters, and individual departments by all four Master heads and their alumni

12:00 – Tour of each department led by current students

14:00 – 16:00 Tools, Formats & Ideas: Presentations by, and discussion with, Design Curating & Writing tutors and students, followed by fast lane selection for Design Curating & Writing

14:00 – 16:00 Introducing Information Design (no entrance after 14:00), followed by fast lane selection for Information Design

16:00 ­– Drinks and bites

The general coordinators are available the whole day to answer all questions related to the application procedure.

Location: Design Academy Eindhoven, Emmasingel 14, 5th floor.

For further information about the program of the Talk&Tour and Fast Lane Selection, keep an eye on this page!

To find out more about the requirements for an application portfolio, go here.





Applications for the Masters 2018-2019 academic year are CLOSED. Applications for the Masters 2019-2020 academic year, open 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.