M.A. Design Cultures

VU University Amsterdam

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee: Visit Programme Website
Start date: October  2014, October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The MA programme Design Cultures is all about the study of product design, graphic design and fashion in a broad diverse cultural context.

The focus is on both the designer as 'author' and the complex chain of production, sale, consumption and criticism in which design operates and derives its many different meanings. Design Cultures restores design as the core object of academic interest without detracting from the cultural and material context in which it operates. The programme combines a generalist, comparative approach to design with a clear focus on history and theory. The programme is taught in English and is intended for an international audience. It is a one-year programme, starting in September, within the MA Arts and Culture.

Contents

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 0%
  • practice: 0%
  • self study: 75%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 60 ECTS.

Requirements

Previous education: The Master's programme is intended for students with an academic Bachelor's degree in art, industrial design, architectural design, design, fashion or (visual) cultural studies. It is also suitable for students with an academic Bachelor's degree other disciplines of the Humanities (history, journalism, communication studies) or in anthropology or sociology. Only with a major or specialization in design, fashion, art or visual culture (equal to a minimum of 30 ECTS). Holders of an a vocational education (HBO) diploma do not receive automatic admission to the programme. For more information go to: http://www.vu.nl/nl/opleidingen/masteropleidingen/opleidingenoverzicht/c-d/design-cultures/premaster-assessment/index.asp

Written request: More information on admission and application can be found here: http://www.vu.nl/nl/opleidingen/masteropleidingen/opleidingenoverzicht/c-d/design-cultures/admission-requirements-application/index.asp

Previous education: The Master's programme is intended for students with an academic Bachelor's degree in art, industrial design, architectural design, design, fashion or (visual) cultural studies. It is also suitable for students with an academic Bachelor's degree other disciplines of the Humanities (history, journalism, communication studies) or in anthropology or sociology. Only with a major or specialization in design, fashion, art or visual culture (equal to a minimum of 30 ECTS).

Written request: Information on application and admission: http://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/international-masters/programmes/c-d/design-cultures/admission-requirements-application/index.asp

Previous education

Written request

Additional language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 92

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

Funding

Scholarships

  • VU Fellowship Programme
    A highly-selective programme for students who have excellent study results and who are strongly motivated.
  • Fulbright scholarship
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  • Direct Loan Programme (US students)
    Study in the Netherlands with a US student loan.
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme
    Grants intended to enable people who are currently employed in developing countries to obtain a Master's or PhD degree in the Netherlands.
  • STUNED Scholarship Programme
    A programme for professionals from Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor's study (S1).
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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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