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About this programme

The Master of Science programme in Digital Design is a one-year full-time programme on interaction design. It educates design professionals in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges through a critical and ethical design approach with a focus on human-centred and sustainable practices. From over-consumerism to energy transition. We empower students to challenge the status quo of tech promises, question the norm, and seek innovative perspectives beyond conventional design tools.

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Why join the Master Digital Design?

This programme has a limited number of study places. Therefore, it uses a selection procedure.

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Programme structure

The Master of Science programme in Digital Design is centred around three Playgrounds: Emerging Ecologies, Emerging Interactions, and Emerging Futures. These are design-related content bubbles that you can explore through your team project. You will be equally immersed in related-learning tracks that address ethics, research, process, and making. You are also expected to develop an individual study plan, which will be considered in your assessments. You will work with a mix of research groups, industry partners and design agencies that provide you with guidance and support throughout the year.

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Semester 1

During the first period of the year, we look at our shared values and align our working method and diverse skill sets. The first weeks provide foundational knowledge in a variety of design related fields. You get acquainted with the programme’s competences and the expectations regarding your individual study plan. You also work on your first two team projects, where you benefit from coaching from design agencies, researchers, and lecturers. This semester concludes with the mid-term assessments.

Semester 2

In the second semester you will be focussed on a major third team project. You will continue enjoying masterclasses and workshops by partnering design agencies and experts in different design-related fields. Final assessments will conclude your studies. At the end of the year, you will enjoy a celebration of your hard work with an exhibition of some of the best work you produced during the programme. The event includes a dinner attended by partners, industry liaisons, alumni of the programme, and students.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Master’s programme in Digital Design, you must hold a Bachelor's degree and demonstrate previous design experience through an annotated portfolio. The Master Digital Design employs a selection procedure.

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Study load

40 hours a week

With this programme you have at least 18 contact hours per week in the first year of study. In addition, you will spend approximately 22 hours a week on projects, carrying out assignments and preparing for lessons and exams.

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Tuition fees and extra costs

In addition to the annually set tuition fee you will have to take into account approximately € 800 per year for books, readers and other expenses incurred by your field of study.

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Why Master Digital Design at the AUAS?

  • Studio-setting learning.
  • Freedom to develop own projects.
  • International multi-disciplinary team-work.
  • Real-life briefs.
  • Coaching by professional designers.
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For whom?

  • You believe in design as an agent of change.
  • You have a critical perspective on technology.
  • You enjoy working in multicultural, fast-paced settings.