In the Netherlands, design is contributing more frequently to ‘research & development’. Our society is undergoing a number of transitions and shifting paradigms. Globalisation, technological innovations and a multitude of communications systems are having an impact on various sectors of society. This is leading to changing processes, services and products, and giving rise to questions about how to organise society. There is an increasing need to approach these complex issues through design. This means that this professional domain is highly mobile and innovative strategies such as ‘open design’ and the ‘user as designer’ as well as the potential of data design, service design and experience design are continuously reshaping Dutch and international design.
Part-time Master Design
The part-time Master Design is a creative course that is centered around doing design. This research seeks answers to a self defined design question by making. The social goal is to deliver relevant insights and innovations in products and processes and to publish them in the professional sector. The personal goal is to position the outcomes of the design research in your professional practice and strengthen your creative role.
What can you expect as a student? You will work on a research topic that emerges from your own practice. The master offers methodologies that will help you shape your design research and to express it in a final product, project or service, and in a publication. In the design research, you will explore theory and knowledge that will give you greater understanding of your subject and place you, the user, at the centre. You can explore the potential design and production of your subject. You will continuously reflect on the design research through a research blog, presentations and regular publications.
More detailed information on the program you can find here
The professional developments sketched above are the subjects in the so called ‘New Practices’ personal study programme. It looks at new ways of working and strategies, different economic models and changing international and inter-disciplinary collaborations and constantly connects these to your own design research. Again and again you are assessing the degree to which ways of working and different visions can be used in your own research and design practice.
In the final phase of the study programme, you explore how you can use all of these to strengthen your creative entrepreneurship and to position your future practice more firmly.
Education and research
The part-time Master Design course is two years. You work largely independently on your research subject and its associated areas of research. Developing the process is done independently in your own professional working environment with partial supervision from a distance and partially in lessons, workshops and individual discussions with teachers. The average study load is 20 hours a week (30 ECs per year). Combining studying while working is an option. In general there are fortnightly lectures; lessons and workshops are held on Thursday evenings and all day Friday. During summer a one week workshop will be organised.
More detailed information about the admission procedure and requirements for the starting document you can find here
The course is aimed at designers and other professionals who are already working in a creative profession or who have taken their first steps in this area. Work experience is an important criterion for this part-time course, as is demonstrable interest in or experience with design research.
The admission criterion is a bachelor degree such as BSc, BEng, BDes, BFA or equivalent qualification. Admission is also based on an initial portfolio which demonstrates your motivation, a potential assignment, your research area, your competences and work.
A personal talk is possible via Skype. For further information, contact Harma Staal, Master Design course director, on firstname.lastname@example.org.