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MA in Design Curating & Writing
Design Academy Eindhoven
Above: Courtesy of Design Academy Eindhoven.
Above: Courtesy of Design Academy Eindhoven.

What does design reveal about our culture and society? What economic and political motives underpin our products and services? And how do they shape our behaviours? How do we read a space, and how are our notions of public and private changing? This interdisciplinary  programme in Design Curating & Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven provides the critical and practical skills necessary to interpret design in its multiple manifestations. Drawing on theory, direct observation, research, and reporting, students develop a personal point of view and experiment with its articulation in the multiple formats of twenty-first century writing and curating.

This course is geared towards a rapidly shifting media landscape in which publishing, museums, and academia are redefining themselves. Students are equipped with a range of interdisciplinary skills with which to conduct research, writing, editing, broadcasting and exhibition-making in both on- and offline spaces.

One of the advantages of being embedded in Design Academy Eindhoven is that aspiring writers and curators are in an environment where design is constantly being generated. This proximity to the thought processes and working methods of designers offers a deeper understanding of design. It is also an opportunity to develop collaborations and alliances with designers that may be formative to their future practices. Students also benefit from affiliations with the Design Museum in London and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, with the potential to gain an insider’s view of live projects.

Co-heads: 
Alice Twemlow, writer, curator, and program manager, ARIASNL
Justin McGuirk, writer, critic, and chief curator, Design Museum London

Team of tutors, visiting lecturers and critics:
Nick Aikens, curator of exhibitions, Van Abbemuseum
Nick Axel, deputy editor, e-flux Architecture
Christiane Berndes, head of collection, Van Abbemuseum
Evelien Bracke, curator, Z33
Tom Dyckhoff, architecture critic and broadcaster
Noortje van Eeekelen, critical designer
Charles Esche, director, Van Abbemuseum
Annie Fletcher, chief curator of exhibitions, Van Abbemuseum
Diane Franssen, curator and head of research, Van Abbemuseum
Agata Jaworska, freelance curator
Koen Kleijn, critic at De Groene Amsterdammer
Stephen Knott, craft historian and theorist
Willem Jan Renders, curator, Russian art, Van Abbemuseum
Rick Poynor, design critic
Catherine Rossi, design historian
Tamar Shafrir, Research & Development, Het Nieuwe Instituut
Noam Toran, artist and curator
Richard Wentworth, artist
Will Wiles, novelist and architecture critic

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February 15, 2017