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About this programme

Are you looking to advance your skills in design and adapt to an ever- changing world? Do you embrace experimentation and have the ability to think beyond design rules and conventions? Our one-year, fulltime Master of Science programme in Digital Design aims to educate professionals who can create, adapt, and apply design processes to product designs that challenge the affordances of digital technologies, while maintaining an ethical perspective on people, profit, and the planet.

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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 evolving playgrounds. The playgrounds of 2023-2024 focus on emerging ecologies, emerging interactions, and emerging futures, while providing with a foundation in educational tracks that address ethics, research, making and process. You'll work on exciting real-life design briefs in a studio setting. You'll be equally in close contact with top professionals from renown design agencies and creative studios.

Makers, it's time to be Leaders!

Semester 1

You begin your studies with an introduction, where you get to know your new colleagues and teaching staff. The first period of the year, we focus on the entire student cohort,  look at our shared values and align our working method and diverse skillsets. We also explore the MDD competencies, which form the basis of your individual study plan (ISP) and are used to assess your work.


Semester 2

In February, you are ready to start with the second part of your programme. You will be working on your third team project of the year. After your final assessments, you will have the opportunity to showcase your best projects at our end year exhibition and enjoy a dinner and party attended by agencies, partners, and students.

After your midterm assessments, we continue the year with bespoke projects that integrate research, practical application, societal aspects and practice-based interests. Alongside real-life projects, you you will receive masterclasses from our agencies, as well as as experts in the field. One of the major outcomes of your year at MDD will be the development of your portfolio.


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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.