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Why should I study here?

Giving Shape to Your Passion 

Imagine receiving one of the following assignments: 

"Design a new layout for the square in front of the Eindhoven train station," 

"Find a way of shaping the new luxuriousness," 

"Give someone the gift of time." 

If this is the kind of challenge you dream of, and you are ready to work hard for it, then Design Academy Eindhoven is “the place to be”.In your capacity as a designer, you have a considerable impact on the way the world looks. After all, almost all the things around us have been designed. Designers determine what it is we experience within and about a set of surroundings and how we might behave there. When you graduate, you will be shaping people’s everyday lives. This may vary from jewellery, objects of everyday use, the interior of a home, the way we organize care or how we feel in public space. 

The world is a complex place. As a designer, you will have to deal with a range of social, economic, and cultural interests. Think, for instance, of the square in front of the train station in Eindhoven. One person may see it as a social space, a place to meet; another as a site that should be easy to reach by car; and a third may want to give it a cultural and economic function above all else. As a designer, you will operate amid all of these forces and interests. Time and again, you will have to consider the pros and cons. Because each design process will see you stumbling upon dilemmas in the fields of sustainability, aesthetics, user-friendliness, and production costs, you will find yourself facing ethical questions. 

How much energy will transportation cost? How do you feel about manufacturing in low-wage countries? Is your design healthy? Assessments for which no manual can be written. The situation will be different every time, and opinions on what is right and advisable will change with time. So as a future designer the main thing is that you have an immense interest in everything that moves people. Or as one of our tutors put it recently: “a designer should know a little bit about a lot of things”.

Design Academy Eindhoven is the only University of Applied Science (HBO) in the Netherlands that is fully specialised in design. In its 65-year history the academy has developed into an internationally leading school for design. At the same time, the city of Eindhoven has become a magnet for the design world. Around 700 Design Academy students, with over 50 different nationalities, are a daily inspiration for one another at the WitteDame building, a disused Philips factory in the city centre. The academy exerts a considerable attraction on designers. Many of our alumni establish their businesses in Eindhoven; people like Piet Hein Eek, Ad van Berlo, Kiki van Eijk & Joost van Bleiswijk. And the Strijp district, another part of the former Philips factory grounds, has grown into a creative incubator space. The Graduation Show / Dutch Design Week has mushroomed into a formidable event and the region around Eindhoven has been declared World’s Intelligent Community 2011. In short, Eindhoven now has the ideal climate for the creative entrepreneur.

What are the admissions criteria?

The Design schools in the Netherlands require HAVO equivalence.  This is generally met by a high school diploma.  Equivalent levels can be found here. The admissions period is from October to February. The application involves a visit to the school for an interview and presenting a portfolio and other requested work.  This is almost always done in person and very rarely through Skype.  Admission decisions are announced in April.

What is student life like?

The Design Academy Eindhoven is home to a community of over 700 students from more than 40 different countries. This diversity is a key element of DAE’s identity and a large factor in its status as one of the world’s most influential design schools. The meeting of nationalities, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities within the school enriches the work of the entire DAE community and helps student designers understand their projects within a global context. This is an institute where debate and difference are always welcome. 

Many students make life-long friends during their time at the Academy and find that the network of fellow students they form while studying becomes an invaluable part of their professional life after graduation. Students can access many benefits, including the ZBar, an in-house cafeteria that serves affordable and healthy meals during school hours with a constantly changing menu. The ZBar is often staffed by current students. Keep an eye on the jobs page for the latest vacancies. A variety of systems and initiatives are in place to encourage a wide range of applicants and help current students if their circumstances change. The school offers counseling services to support current students through challenges that arise during their studies.DAE also encourages exchanges, offering international students the chance to experience the school’s approach to design for one semester. International students from outside the EU may need visas and residence permits to study in the Netherlands. You can check if you will need a visa or residence permit by using our Pathfinder tool. Admissions for the 2020–2021 academic year are now closed. The admissions process for the 2021–2022 academic year will open on November 1 at 9:00. Due to the current coronavirus regulations, admissions will take place online. Students at DAE are expected to provide their own accommodation while studying in Eindhoven. When the academy was founded, affordable housing was easy to find in Eindhoven. Today, the city has transformed and is becoming increasingly gentrified, making housing a significant issue for many students. We advise incoming students to begin their search early and spread their net wide. More information on this can be found here.

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The university does not provide housing, and students are directed to a third party website. Housing near the university ranges from 300 to 600 euros per month.

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