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Arts & Culture: Design Cultures


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The specialisation in Design Cultures focuses on how our world has been designed. Interiors, fashion, artefacts, graphics and digital design coexist in our society. They affect nearly every area of our lives and therefore require adequate analysis. Design Cultures takes a humanities perspective and explores design history and theory in connection with contemporary issues such as identity, sustainability and multiculturalism.

The opportunities for collaboration between the design sector and cultural institutions in Amsterdam are endless. In our wide-ranging academic courses, you can explore the dimensions of these contexts and combine them in unique and exciting ways. You will have plenty of opportunities to develop your own personal interests, for example, in fashion, industrial design or graphic design. The specialisation in Design Cultures will deepen your insights into 20th- and 21st-century developments in design as a practice, a product, a discourse and a cultural environment. You will learn to identify and analyse crossovers within and between the different design disciplines in a wider social context. You will also learn to put theory into practice as a writer and researcher, as well as during your internship at a cultural institution. 




Master of Arts


1 year

ECTS credits

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Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530


Application requirements

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Language requirements

IELTS overall band
IELTS listening
IELTS reading
IELTS writing
IELTS speaking
TOEFL paper based
TOEFL computer based
TOEFL internet based

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 31 May '24 1 Apr '24
1 Sep '25 31 May '25 1 Apr '25
1 Sep '26 31 May '26 1 Apr '26


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

Orange Knowledge Programma (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.

Orange Tulip Scholarship - China

These customised scholarships will increase the talent development in a country with a Nuffic Neso office by allowing talented students to study in the Netherlands.


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