Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Enrolment and selection

Master Digital Design

The Master’s programme in Digital Design opens applications on 7 October 2019. Deadline for applications is 1 June 2020 (EU citizens) / 1 May 2020 (non-EU citizens). All applications should be submitted via

Important note for Non-EU nationals:

Please note that if you intend to apply after 23 April, you will need to supply your official proof of education, necessary translations and language documents to the Central Student Administration within 7 days of their request. Applicants who fail to meet this deadline will not be considered.

Due to the May holiday, the Education Office of the Master’s programme will be closed between 27 April and 5 May 2020. On 6 May, the Education Office will contact all people who registered in Studielink after 23 April requesting them to send all required documentation within 7 days. 

The Immigration application process begins immediately after 1st May 2020. To meet the deadlines, applications must be handled as quickly as possible. Delays on the side of the applicant could mean that the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences won’t be able to handle your visa application in due time.

Selection procedure

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.
  • Prospective students register their application through Studielink and receive an automatic confirmation email.
  • Every two weeks, the Education Bureau of the Master's programme performs a preliminary check of all registrations. If everything is in order, applicants receive a second email with further instructions on preparing their application package. Applicants 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 their 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 the applicant’s decision to apply to the programme. Candidates selected for interview should be prepared to present a concise pitch (three minutes) describing their experience, motivation, and attitude towards design.
  • Following the instructions received from the Education Bureau, applicants submit their application package and their proof of language and education level to a dedicated email address.
  • Every two weeks applications are screened. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview (via teleconferencing). Interviews are scheduled as soon as possible after the candidate's application has been received. The interviews are held to differentiate between eligible candidates and to identify the best candidates, who will 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.

Need help with the enrolment process? Follow the AUAS enrolment guide for the 2020-2021 academic year.