Application Procedure

The Master of Advanced Studies in Design Research for Digital Innovation (MAS DRDI) is a post-Masters program.

If you are interested in joining the MAS DRDI, please prepare your administrative and personal files as two separate PDFs and send them by email to

For starting in September 2023, the deadline for applications is April 15, 2023.

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 non-latin languages)
  • 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 themes addressed by the programme? You should include a thoughtful description of your background, 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.

Applications that do not match with the position’s requirements will not be answered.