Health by Design - Master graduation track  fulltime master's programme

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During the two-year graduation track Health by Design you co-design with students from various disciplines in practice-led design research. And in art thinking projects in health and wellbeing.

This is a graduation track of the master of Arts in Fine Art & Design.

As a health designer, you'll develop intellectual and practical skills to achieve a transdisciplinary and co-design approach. Adding value to complex health and wellbeing challenges, and propelling your career in a rapidly evolving field.

As a society, we encounter increasing challenges in delivering accessible and honest 'holistic health for all' services. A global paradigm shift is underway, recognizing individuals beyond their illnesses. And emphasizing the crucial role of art and design in collaboratively shaping ethical innovations. During the graduation track you learn how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities and shape this new reality.

Engaging with people from art and design, technology, ethics, research, and healthcare backgrounds in an interdisciplinary environment enriches your practice. And allows you to build a unique support network of peers and professionals. Learn from cross-disciplinary experts, lead co-design processes, and immerse yourself in a practice-based design approach to conduct design research. Individually and in multidisciplinary teams. Half of the graduation track is taught in English. The course material is in English.

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Programme features

Cross-over health and visual cultures
Transdisciplinary co-design
Situated design research
Art thinking and prototyping

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What will you be trained to do

Your job

We deliver artists and designers that are able to expand their career based on value-driven motivations to become part of creating a better world. You are able to step into complex societal questions related to health and wellbeing. And take part in co-design with cross-sectoral professionals and stakeholders of different disciplines to become part of future solutions.

After the graduation track Health by Design you will be equipped with the skills and qualities essential for a range of work environments. Such as 3D labs and studios in hospitals, health technology start-ups, design research firms and creative technology labs at health organizations. Examples of career opportunities are product designer, design researcher/strategist, UX designer, curator, and design consultant in the field of health and wellbeing. You are also invited to define your own future profession, expanding to new roles such as inclusive design artist, health-centered designer, health data designer or health system hacker.

This graduation track can also be a stepping stone to a research-oriented career towards a Professional Doctorate (PD) or a PhD research at a university (PhD).

Potential careers after the programme

Product designer

Design researcher/strategist

UX designer

Design consultant

What is expected of you

You are welcome with various backgrounds such as:

  • Artists and designers: product and service designers, visual storytellers, and digital artists interested in design research and health and wellbeing.
  • Health- and wellbeing professionals: nurses, social workers, and therapists interested in artistic practices, technology and design research.
  • Engineers: urbanists, engineers and data scientists interested in artistic practices, design research and health and wellbeing.

Programme structure Health by Design - Master graduation track

Study programme

Health by Design is a unique transdisciplinary program of activities taking place within the domain of health and well-being. It is designed to promote practice-based research from the broader spectrum of art and design practice, with a bridge to science and technology. The graduation track combines practice and theory. This allows you to generate knowledge related to current, urgent social and societal issues by employing critical design as a key to social change.

Year 1

During the graduation track, you will mainly work in multidisciplinary teams. In the first year, you will get acquainted with the broad context and complexity of the healthcare system. And learn about themes such as Context and Policy, Art Thinking and Prototyping, and Co-design and Design Research. Coaching will assist you in choosing modules to (re)define your role as a designer and develop it.


  • 1. Elective Design & Research Practice
  • 2. Health System
  • 3. Design Thinking
  • 4. Design & Technology
  • 5. Co-design for Health and Wellbeing projects

Year 2

In the second year, you can specialize in either Experience-Centered Design or Social Situated Design. While simultaneously working on your graduation project. Here, you learn to design with a focus on ergonomics, and physical and digital interaction with products and services. Or you concentrate on the relationship of the user with the system and the context. Additionally, you work on building your design and research portfolio.


  • 1. Elective Design Research Focus: Experience-Centered Design and Social Situated Design
  • 2. Design & Research Portfolio and Thesis
  • 3. Graduation Project

Admissions requirements Health by Design - Master graduation track

Prior education

You need a certificate or diploma demonstrating that you have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in the field of technology, healthcare and welfare, education, arts and design, or research before September 1, 2024.

Spoken and written proficiency in English is required (ie. IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge).

Are you a third or fourth year bachelor student and curious if design for healthcare and welfare is something for you? Or do you want to build a design and health portfolio to apply for this graduation track? Then consider signing up for a minor course related to health and design, or multidisciplinary innovation and design. For example Avans Innovative Studio, via

Admissions assignments

These assignments are part of the preparation. You must submit the following documents via our assignment site:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 1 A4-pagina)
  • Personal statement (min. 1 A4)
  • Portfolio
  • Research proposal (max. 2 A4)

You will receive the log-in codes for the intake dashboard after registration in Studielink.

Assessment interview

An admissions interview via TEAMS is conducted after approval of the assignments by the admission committee. During the admission procedure we test your study motivation, research goals, artistic skills, and theoretical knowledge in regard to the specific Master program you applied for.

Practical information Health by Design - Master graduation track


If you apply, first select the Master's program in Fine Art & Design. In the next step you choose the graduation track you want to follow. You will also receive an e-mail with instructions to upload your admission assignments: curriculum vitae, portfolio, personal statement and research proposal.

If you have decided to pursue this study programme you will need to register for it. Before you do, make sure you have informed yourself about our rules and regulations.

Please apply via our Dutch website if you are a Dutch student.

Application procedure

You must apply for this master's degree programme via the Studielink website.

In addition to the application procedure via Studielink you must also send us several documents.

Be sure to keep an eye on the enrolment deadline. You will find the deadline at 'Admissions requirements' of this programme.

Start month Location Application deadline
September EEA 31 August 2024
September Non EEA 1 May 2024

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After application we will contact you to inform you on the further procedure.  


Scholarships are much sought after nowadays: nearly every student who decides to study abroad considers applying for one. Information about scholarships specific to Avans University of Applied Sciences can be found on our scholarship page

More information

For more information please contact Student Support on +31 (0) 88 525 75 50 or via this contact form.

Tuition fees

In the overview below you will find the tuition fee amounts that have been set for new students at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Which of these 3 fees applies to you depends on the category you are in. In general, students from the European Economic Area (EEA) pay the statutory fee, while other students pay the institutional or non-EEA fee. Exchange students generally pay their tuition fees to their home institution and not to Avans.

Please check the tuition fees page for detailed information.

Fee Amount Year
Statutory fee € 2,314,- 2023 - 2024
Non-EER fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Institution fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Statutory fee € 2,530,- 2024 - 2025
Non-EER fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025
Institution fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025


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