Application Procedure

As new positions may become available over the upcoming months, applications are currently open on an ongoing basis until further notice. If you are interested in joining the MAS DRDI, please prepare your administrative and personal files as PDFs and send them as soon as you are ready by email to mas-drdi-admin@listes.epfl.ch.

Administrative file

Your administrative file should contain:

  • a copy of passport or identity card
  • a copy of your Master’s degree (or equivalent certificate), diploma supplement and transcripts (an authentic translation is required for languages other than French, German, Italian, English and Spanish)
  • for foreigners who already live in Switzerland: your residence permit

Personal file

Your personal file must contain:

01. Your Résumé

Submit a brief résumé/curriculum vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, relevant work experience, volunteer/community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, or any other relevant experiences as they may relate to your field of study, including dates and positions held. Please also note any special language or computer skills that you have.

02. A Statement of Purpose

Please outline your reasons for applying to this programme. In what ways will you contribute to the subject matter of the programme? You should include a thoughtful description of your background, tentative plan of study or area of inquiry in the field as you now envision it, your professional goals, and how this graduate programme will help you realize those goals. If you have not been enrolled as a student in the past five years, please address anticipated opportunities and challenges in pursuing the degree and future career expectations upon completion of the programme. (500–750-word limit)

03. Your Portfolio

Your portfolio should be a visual and narrative reflection of the work listed and described on your résumé. Your projects and portfolio pieces should tell a story about you and what is important to you. Your application’s narrative should make the case for why you are a good fit for the MAS in Design Research for Digital Innovation. We are not looking for a particular type of work, nor do we require examples of digital works. It is up to you to decide which work is most representative of your thinking. Be honest—submit the work you think is your best. Any and all media are acceptable, whether in the commercial design, fine art, or non-design realms.

Admission Requirements

MAS candidates come from a range of backgrounds. In order to be accepted on the course, you require a Master’s degree or equivalent foreign certificate in:

  • Interaction design
  • Visual communication with digital media competences
  • Industrial and product design with digital media competences
  • Engineering with digital media competences and visual culture
  • Architecture with digital media competences

Fluency in written and spoken English is also essential.