Frequently Asked Questions

Master Digital Design

The Master's programme in Digital Design is at the crossroads of practice, research, and technological innovation. Its one-year full-time curriculum combines a rigorous background in design research (‘Research through Design’, ‘Action Research’) with real-world projects involving 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 of ‘contact hours’ (teaching, coaching, review, etc.), team-based projects and workshops, plus individual study and design activities.

No. The programme is a full-time course.

The programme is taught and assessed in English.

Upon graduation, you obtain the title of Master of Science (M.Sc.) 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 around four areas of expertise: Literacy, Research, Creation, and Strategy. Each one has a foundation course and multiple supporting courses.

The programme is ideal for those wishing to advance in their digital design strategy, leadership and process.

You must have a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent international title) and ideally have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience in the design field (for example, Interaction Design, UI Design, UX Design, Product Design, etc.). If you do not have the desired work experience but you can present an outstanding design portfolio produced outside a school environment then you are also welcome to apply. We encourage applications from candidates over the age of 30.

The programme starts in September of each year.

Enrolment for the study year 2022-2023 opens in Studielink in October 2021. Please refer to the Enrolment and selection page.

The core team of lecturers is composed of Paul Geurts, Angela Mackey, Irene Maldini, and Luis Rodil-Fernández led by the Head of Programme, Gabriele Ferri. These lecturers contribute with a unique mix of international teaching/research experience, as well as experimental practice. The programme will also benefit from frequent visits by expert practitioners from design agencies, as well as international research institutions.

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

Finding a place to stay in Amsterdam can be stressful, and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) may assist international students in finding accommodation in Amsterdam. Please read more on the information page about Housing.