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Frequently Asked Questions

The Master of Science in Digital Design is at the crossroads of practice, research, and technological innovation. Its 1-year full time curriculum combines a rigorous background in design research (“Research through Design”) and real-world projects with industry partners, carried out in a studio setting.

Digital Design is a full-time Master's programme of two consecutive semesters (42 weeks), with a study load of 40 hours per week, for a total of 1680 hours. The overall study load is composed by “contact hours” (teaching, coaching, review…), team-based projects and workshops, and individual study and design activities.

No. The programme is a full-time course.

The programme is taught and assessed in English.

Upon graduation, the students obtain the title of Master of Science (MSc) at the Postgraduate Level 7 of the Dutch Qualification Framework (NLQF). The programme is accredited by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) and registered with the Education Executive Agency (DUO) under code number 49131. The official name of this programme, as registered with the DUO (the 'CROHO name'), is “Digital Design”.

Courses are clustered according to areas of expertise that a master digital designer should acquire. These are Literacy, Research, Creation, and Strategy. Each area of expertise has one foundation course and multiple supporting courses.

The curriculum also includes three projects with design briefs coming from research and industry, and two events that take place at the start and the end of each academic year, which look back at the theme/outcomes of the previous year and determine the theme of the coming year.

The programme is intended for students who wish to increase their design proficiency to Master’s level. The programme is aimed at competent and proficient digital designers capable of handling standard situations within the digital design domain.

The programme starts in September 2017.

It is no longer possible to enrol for the 2017-2018 academic year. The enrolment deadline was 1 May, 2017. Please refer to the Enrolment page.

Lessons and workshops will be taught by lecturers from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), experienced experts from the business community and leading agencies, and experts in the field of research. Thus offering a rich mix of expertise and experience.

International students at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) can apply for a number of scholarships and grants. Take a look at the information page about scholarships and grants.

Studying in Amsterdam is an unforgettable experience. Given this fact, a good place to live is essential. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) assists international students in finding accommodation in Amsterdam. Read more on the information page about Housing.