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Design Asia

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Almost everything around us is designed. This minor focuses on Multimedia Design. Not only will you design media such as video, animation, sound and/or graphics, but you will also design your own study program within the context of multimedia. Indeed, a unique feature of this minor is the freedom to develop your own learning goals.

In small groups, you will work on assignments in a real local context. Hence, in this minor you will learn more about the design process, improve your design skills using various software programs, and learn more about the role of multimedia design in Southeast Asia.

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For specific bachelor programmes

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The CMD-minor “Design Asia” in Bangkok is the place to be to become a better designer, and to have a positive impact on the world through design. Together with your peers who are part of your project group you will develop a design solution for a challenge brought in by the local environment. This could include the work with local clients from diverse backgrounds and with different objectives. These will include commercial interests or social and development impacts.

Will you opt for creative design, digital development, or both? With this minor, you determine your own path   and experience what design in Southeast Asia is all about.

Structure of the minor

The minor is practice driven, so you will be working on real (local) projects in small project teams. In 10 weeks time (total study load is 15EC), you'll create an interactive design solution for these local projects and their representatives.

In doing so, you can work on five different competencies. Preferable you choose the competency ‘create’, supplemented with two other competencies:

Create: you investigate the problem and test, improve and implement your prototype/solution

Communicate: you communicate an adequate message to the general public, peers, stakeholders and/or experts.

Organize: you take care of an individual work process and/or that of a multidisciplinary team

Learn: you reflect on your own work and actions and share your knowledge and skills for improvement and development.

Next to focusing on creating an interactive design, you will indulge yourself in the Thai culture and learn more about intercultural differences and its influences on design. You can visit cultural events on your own, but we will be organizing some working visits and field trips as well.


You will be assessed in your project group in which each student will receive an individual rating. You hand in your documentation for each competency you decided to work on prior to this oral assessment. The assessors will read this documentation and formulate questions to ask you based on your documentation. During the assessment, you will answer these questions and explain to the assessors why you made certain (design) decisions. Based on your process, your documentation and response to questions during the assessment, the assessors decide whether you have sufficiently demonstrated that you achieved your learning objectives.

Target Group

This minor is open for all NHL Stenden students who have an affinity and experience with multimedia design. It is essential that you feel comfortable with design software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Blender, Ruby on Rails or similar.

We advise you to use a good laptop, and acquire the Adobe Creative Suite package and be prepared for using it at a higher level.

This minor is offered by the study program Communication & Multimedia Design. 


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