Created by and for a world in flux, the Master of Graphic Design programme guides emerging professionals towards the development of a process-based approach to design. The programme centres upon the design of information and is strongly research oriented.
Your independent research and studio practice are at the heart of the programme. You will be trained in media and graphic design theory, as well as the communicative skills and ethical issues essential to the visual interpretation of information in today’s technology-based society. Tutors and guest lecturers are professionals with diverse and active practices, which allows us to stay closely connected to developments in the ever-changing design world.
The curriculum offers design methods that correspond to the broad spectrum of design contexts and builds towards an increasingly self-driven approach. The focus lies on visual argumentation, analysis, teamwork, and the testing of design proposals. Collaboration with other disciplines, both inside and outside the academy, is encouraged and facilitated.
The programme is structured into three phases: the Orientation Phase, the Research Phase and the Graduation Phase. The first year consists of the Orientation Phase and the first component of the Research Phase; the second year consists of the second component of the Research Phase and the Graduation Phase.
The Master of Graphic Design is a two-year, full-time programme. One day a week is dedicated to practice, which includes presentations of work in progress and individual studio talks with your tutors. 1.5 days a week are dedicated to theory and General Academic Studies. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study.
Living expenses will vary depending on the city where you choose to reside. On average, you should expect to spend approximately €1,000 per month. This includes rent, food, transportation, recreation and health insurance.
We invite applications from graphic designers who seek a deeper understanding of the fundamental changes taking place within the profession—and those who are eager to shape its future. The programme relies upon, and thereby cultivates, an independent attitude and personal agency.
The programme is open to Bachelor of Graphic Design graduates and practising professionals in the field, and in some cases applicants from other disciplines and backgrounds. Spoken and written proficiency in English is required.
The Master of Graphic Design prepares you for a future in a dynamic profession that demands strong reflective and adaptive abilities. In a critical and supportive environment, you will learn how to operate independently and as part of a team on complex, research-based projects. Graduates leave AKV|St.Joost with a cohesive body of work and, more importantly, working methods upon which to build a sustainable, lifelong career in the field of design.
Your studies will take place within a diverse community of Master’s students from many different backgrounds. Engaging with people from all over the world in a 24/7, multidisciplinary environment will enrich your practice and allow you to build a unique network of peers.
Furthermore, frequent collaboration with professionals outside of the academy ensures that our students gain experience in a wide range of practices and establish a valuable network within the working field. To see what our alumni have gone on to to do with their degrees, please visit our community page.
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), Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (Zürich) and Design Academy Eindhoven. Visit our blog to see what our students are up to.