M.A. Design Cultures

VU University Amsterdam

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


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.


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 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.

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



Accredited by: NVAO in: Pays-Bas


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