M.A. Design Cultures

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • Not specified
  • English
VU University Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
The MA programme Design Cultures is all about the study of product design, graphic design and fashion in a broad diverse cultural context.

Description of Design Cultures


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee

Students from outside the EEA who are already staying in the Netherlands and have a visa for stay with partner are eligible for the EEA tuition fee.

Not specified
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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 for Design Cultures

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: 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).

Additional language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band: 7.0
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL internet based: 100
  • Cambridge Advanced English: A, B or C.

Work Experience for Design Cultures

No work experience is required.

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