Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Enrolment and selection

Master Digital Design

As of 2020, the Master’s programme in Digital Design welcomes 48 (international) students each year. Candidates must demonstrate relevant experience through an annotated portfolio and curriculum vitae.

You can no longer enrol for the 2020-2021 academic year. The enrolment period closed on 1 June. If you are enrolled in a different degree programme at AUAS or another higher education institution in the Netherlands and wish to (or have to) transfer to a different programme, you are exempted from this deadline. An exemption also applies if you enrolled before 1 June but would like to switch your enrolment to a different degree programme. In that case, you must do so by no later than 15 August.

For more information, refer to the Study check information on our website.


The Master's programme in Digital Design has a limit of 48 students and employs a selection procedure. Admissions will follow a two-phase process, with an initial screening of the candidates’ applications and documents, followed by interviews (via teleconferencing) of successful applicants.

  • Please check the Admission requirements.
  • Register your application through Studielink ; within 48 hours you will receive an email confirmation.
  • Every two weeks, the Education Bureau of the Master's programme performs a preliminary check of all registrations. If everything is in order, you will receive a second email with further instructions on preparing your application package. You are also notified if any required documentation is missing.
  • The application package should include:
    1. profile document (CV) detailing education and professional experience. The profile document must also highlight all your exams, courses, certifications, masterclasses, etc. pertaining to digital design;
    2. portfolio presenting five to seven design works, with accompanying explanatory texts;
    3. a motivation letter detailing your decision to apply to the programme. If you are selected for an interview you should be prepared to present a concise pitch (three minutes) describing your experience, motivation, and attitude towards design.
  • Following the instructions received from the Education Bureau, you submit your application package and your proof of language and education level to a dedicated email address.
  • Every two weeks applications are screened. If you are selected, you will be invited for an interview (via teleconferencing). Interviews are scheduled as soon as possible after your application has been received. Upon a successful interview, we will select 48 candidates to be admitted to the programme.

  • Familiarity with the current theories, literature and debates on digital design practice and research.
  • Familiarity with current and upcoming trends in digital technology and design, as well as their socio-economic effects.
  • Evidence of design and creative skills, as well as the ability to frame a design problem.
  • Evidence of teamwork skills in a design setting.


The Master's programme in Digital Design is registered with the Education Executive Agency (DUO) under code number 49131. It is officially registered at the DUO under the name Digital Design; this is its so-called CROHO (Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes) name.

The Master's programme in Digital Design is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The current accreditation is valid until 19 December 2022. For more information of what this accreditation entails, visit the website of the NVAO .

Published by  Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries 31 August 2020