The Master of Graphic Design is a two-year, full-time program. It offers ambitious designers the opportunity to deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the field of design.
A focus on the future
The program centers upon a thorough understanding of the process of design and is research-oriented. You will be trained in media and graphic design theory, as well as the communicative and ethical skills essential to the visual interpretation of information in today’s technology-based society. Tutors and guest lecturers are professionals with rich and active practices, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of the ever-shifting design world.
Your independent research and studio practice are at the heart of the program, which builds toward an increasingly self-driven approach. The educational trajectory begins with a process of experimentation, where you will be introduced to a variety of attitudes and practices. You will gradually focus on the design method and context of your choice.
What to expect
- One day a week is devoted to theoretical instruction.
- Two days a week are dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback sessions.
- An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study.
Where you will study
AKV|St.Joost is unique in its location in the south of the Netherlands, the epicenter of Dutch design. The Graphic Design Department is housed in a former seminary at the Breda campus. Nestled within a small forest on the edge of the city, this inspiring location offers the space and focus necessary to deepen your practice.
Lectures and critiques take place in a shared studio equipped with computers. You will have access to the academy’s vast array of resources, which includes a printing office as well as graphic technique and bookbinding workshops.
The Master of Graphic Design maintains strong connections with designers, publishers and institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Recent collaborations include Pratt Institute (New York), MOTI Museum (Breda), Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (Zürich) and Design Academy Eindhoven. A study trip to a foreign city is made at least once a year.
Engagement with the vibrant Dutch design scene is encouraged and facilitated. Students regularly apply their practice in a professional context by executing projects in institutions outside of the academy. This includes the graduation project, which is accompanied by a thesis.
The program is open to Bachelor of Graphic Design graduates and practicing professionals in the field and in some cases applicants from other disciplines and backgrounds. Spoken and written proficiency in English is required.
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Last updated December 15, 2017