Study load

Master Digital Design

On this page you can find information about the number of contact hours during your studies, the number of hours you spend on self-study and the binding study advice (BSA).

Contact time

Amongst other activities, contact time will be devoted to teaching, coaching and feedback. The number of contact hours per week is 18. One contact hour is equivalent to 50 minutes of teaching. The total amount of work over the full year consists of 1680 hours. Presence in class is mandatory.


In addition to your contact hours, you are expected to spend around 22 hours working (either independently or with fellow students) on projects and research, carrying out assignments and preparing for lessons and exams via self-study. Attention: these hours are an indication and should be seen as a minimum to be able to complete the programme. The Master’s programme in Digital Design is an intensive full-time education. At certain moments of your study (eg.: near project deadlines), you will most likely need to dedicate more time to both self-study and group work.

Binding study advice

Each academic year, you can earn 60 credits. If you earn less than 50 credits, AUAS will issue you a negative binding study advice (BSA). This means you will not be able to continue the programme. You will then meet with your study coach to discuss whether another degree programme would be more suitable for you. One credit equals 28 hours of study.

Published by  Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries 21 December 2021