Master Design

At the Master Design you learn to do design research to seek answers to fulfill a self-defined design goal. You combine methods of making, gaining in-depth knowledge and positioning

Master Design

This part-time master of the Willem de Kooning Academy/Piet Zwart Institute has its own vision on design research, which forms the base of its three learning lines. The curriculum includes workshops, lectures, field trips and coaching sessions. During the study you constantly reflect on what you discover and share your findings through storytelling. With your design research you contribute to new practices in which relevant issues and ways of working are explored.

You get to know different methods in the three learning lines design research, storytelling, and new practices. By deploying it directly to fulfill your own design goal, you gradually develop your personal methodology. You also work on a suitable network of participants and look for your position in your context. You graduate with design (methodology and work), a publication and a clear vision with which you stand as a professional in your new network.

Relevance in social and design context, as well as accountable design research and storytelling, are central in obtaining the master level.

Students come from different design disciplines, but most have a Bachelor of Arts or Design. What binds them during the master is iterative researching and working with participants.

The 2-year programme starts each September. It is taught in English, but students individually can work in Dutch. The study after an application assessment accepts both students from the Netherlands and within the EU. More information? Check the website of Piet Zwart Institute

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