Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Master Design

Master Design

About the Master Design

Students learn how to design research their own design question through making, source research and positioning methods. They constantly reflect on what they discover and convey their story through storytelling. With their design research they contribute to (their own) new practices.

The Master Design has its own way of doing design research. The MD Circle represents this methodology in methods and lemma’s. The curriculum translates the method into three learning lines and offers workshops, lectures and coaching sessions.

Students come from different design disciplines. During the course they share iterative research and working with participants.

Students constantly translate what they learn into answers on their own design question. Smaller and larger questions form the basis of the research methods that they appropriate. For example, they start talks through conversation pieces, try out designs in hidden design and think aloud about their search in a research blog. In this way they find answers to questions, allowing them to make choices in design research and in their designs. At the same time, they develop their own methodology for doing design research; they position themselves as experts in their own context.

Practical Information

The Master Design is a two-year part-time course. It is centred on doing design research. This research seeks answers to self-defined design questions, and combines methods of making, gaining in-depth knowledge and positioning.

The Master Design

  • is about doing design research into your own design question
  • has students & alumni showing on design research-projects here
  • is an International Classroom, meaning that classes and material are in English, but students individually can work in Dutch
  • is part-time, lasts two years and has a study load of 20 hours per week
  • has biweekly workshops on Tuesday evenings and Wednesdays
  • has a team of teachers that consists of Jan Belon & Jop Japenga (Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken), Sietske Klooster, Deanna Herst, Harma Staal & Hanneke Briër
  • also invites interesting guest teachers, such as Moniek Driesse
  • is meant for designers with a Bachelor of Arts or Design
  • provides information about the course at the Open Days on Saturday 2 November 2019 and Saturday 1 February 2020, 10.00 AM-15.00 PM
  • offers a short preliminary program in Application Workshops on Wednesday 4 March & 1 April 2020, 10.00 AM-12.30 PM
  • has its Application Assessments on Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 May 2020 deadline hand in Application Portfolio Wednesday 6 May 2020
  • explains what to work on for the application in Application Portfolio & Assessment
  • shares all information on Open Days, preliminary workshops, handing in of Application Portfolios and dates of Application Assessments here
  • start in September 2020 with a new group
  • is always available for questions and additional information through wdka.masterdesign@hr.nl

Additional information

  • is a study of 60 EC
  • is low-residency, meaning that a large part of the study load is outside contact time
  • in exceptional cases is suitable for students who are not designers, but who explicitly think and work as a designer
  • is due to its part-time nature and VISA legislation only accessible to EU residents
  • costs around € 1750 (first master’s program) or € 10.000 (second master’s program) per year
  • allows for a DUO Lerarenbeurs