Design Academy Eindhoven

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Design Academy Eindhoven
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TypePublic art and design school
  • 1947 – Academie voor Industriële Vormgeving
  • 1999 – Design Academy Eindhoven

Design Academy Eindhoven is an interdisciplinary educational institute for art, architecture and design in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The work of its faculty and alumni have brought it international recognition, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading design schools.


De Witte Dame Campus

The Design Academy Eindhoven was established in 1947 and was originally named the Academie voor Industriële Vormgeving (AIVE).[1] The first nine students graduated in 1955. In 1997, the Academy moved into "De Witte Dame" (The White Lady) building and subsequently changed its name to Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE). In 1999, Li Edelkoort, was elected chairwoman of the Academy. In 2009 she left the Design Academy to pursue personal projects and was replaced by Anne Mieke Eggenkamp as chair. She was in turn succeeded by Thomas Widdershoven from 2013 until September 2016. Since 2017, Joseph Grima has taken place as CD.


The bachelor's program is split into eight interdisciplinary departments, broadly covering art, architecture, fashion design, graphic design and industrial design. As the structure of the bachelor's program is intended to be flexible, students are free to move between departments and all students graduate with the same degree, a Bachelor of Design.

The DAE also offers five distinct master's programs: MA Contextual Design, MA Social Design, MA Information Design, MA Geo-Design and MA the Critical Inquiry Lab (former Design Curating and Writing).

International Reputation[edit]

The Design Academy Eindhoven's (DAE) emphasis on engaging complex social and cultural issues has gained it an international reputation. The Dutch collective Droog Design features several DAE alumni, Orange Alert organizes exhibitions and events of DAE students work in New York and several DAE alumni have been nominated for the "Designer of the Year" awards at the Design Museum in London.[2]

MA Department of the Design Academy Eindhoven

The book House of Concepts: Design Academy Eindhoven tells the 60-year history of the academy, outlining how many significant Dutch artists, architects and designers have been associated with the DAE.[3]

In 2022, the Design Academy Eindhoven was placed joint 9th in the art and design subject area in the QS World University Rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds, with an overall score of 81.6/100.[4]


Every year, in the fall, the Dutch Design Week is held in Eindhoven with an array of Design-related events. These include the graduation exhibit (featuring the works of that year's graduates of the DAE) and the Dutch Design Awards.

Associated people[edit]




  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2022-04-07.
  2. ^ Stephen Treffinger, "A School for New Dutch Masters", The New York Times, 2 Oct 2003, accessed 2 Jun 2009
  3. ^ "House of Concepts: Design Academy Eindhoven" Archived 2009-06-05 at the Wayback Machine, Square magazine, 21 Jan 2009, accessed 3 Jun 2009
  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings for Art & Design 2022". Top Universities. Retrieved 2022-04-07.

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Further reading[edit]

  • House of Concepts: Design Academy Eindhoven, Louise Schouwenberg, Gert Staal, Martijn Goedegebuure, eds. (Amsterdam: Frame Publishers, 2008). ISBN 978-90-77174-17-3