International modules

Become a better designer in Amsterdam!

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Communication and Multimedia Design (CMD) in Amsterdam offers you the chance to improve your skills as a designer, whilst enjoying one of the most vibrant cities in the world! Become a better designer by opting for one of our three international one-semester modules.

User Experience DesignDesign Thinking and Doing and Makers Lab are three international modules we offer in our second (spring) semester. These programs are open to both CMD students, students from our international partners and so called ‘free movers’. The programs start in February and finish in July. You can find more information on these programs on this page. CMD is part of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. For more general information visit our international university page.

User Experience Design

The program User Experience Design aims to help you design web and mobile interfaces: interfaces that provide a good user experience and make a positive contribution to the user’s experience of the organization that provides their products / services through the interface.

Through the use of simulations and real-world assignments you will learn to research, understand and design solutions for complex user experience design problems at both a strategic level and at the level of the user interface. Students from our partner schools outside The Netherlands are also welcome to join this program as long as they can demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge, skills and experience in design and design research. More information on the UxD module here.

Design Thinking and Doing

Design thinking and doing is an approach that involves using designers and/or designerly ways of thinking and doing to develop solutions that allow organizations to deal with an uncertain future in a sustainable way. Rather than just being used to design new products or ways of communicating with customers, organizations use designerly approaches to help them navigate through and succeed in a complex and rapidly changing world.

This program offers you the chance to develop yourself as a design thinker. You will learn to think about problems and implement effective and sustainable solutions to the problems faced by today’s organizations. We believe that the fundamental aim of design thinking is action to improve things for people. Our goal therefore is to ensure that you do not simply learn about design thinking, but actually experience doing it. More information on the Design Thinking & Doing module here.

Makers Lab: Making as Design Research

Challenges in today’s society are often complex, which means that not only coming up with solutions is important, but also a thorough investigation of the problems, the technology itself and the materials you work with. In the module Makers Lab, you will learn how to use “making” as a way to conduct critical design research, aiming to contribute to sustainable innovation.

 
The first part of the module consists of intensive lab sessions in the Makers Lab, the maker space of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, where you will familiarize yourself with digital fabrication techniques (converting code or digital designs into 2D or 3D objects and electronic circuits). In the second part of the module, you will work on a social theme or a metropolitan challenge in cooperation with researchers, external partners and fellow students, and work towards tangible and shareable research output. More info soon!

Amsterdam!

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