Creative Amsterdam Graphic Design & Illustration

Key Information


Application Deadline: 24/10/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007061


Departure Date: 27/02/23

Return Date: 03/03/23


£400: the estimated cost for travel, accommodation and 5 key visits (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms.

Travel: Travel will be booked by DMU.


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Anna Smalley -


Level 5 and 6 Graphic Design & Illustration students enrolled in GRDN2201 or GRDN3301 are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

Amsterdam is a thriving European city for the creative industries and a hot bed for innovative new and established design agencies and institutions with world class reputations. The trip has been crafted to be a consciously design focused experience which will expose and encourage students to explore a broad range of design disciplines and potential ways of working in the future. In addition, plenty of (optional) cultural opportunities have been built into the schedule which will invite engagement with local communities and in so doing, broaden students’ cultural understanding.

There will be opportunities to visit a range of design venues where students will receive guided tours by curators and design practitioners. The variety of venues has been chosen to encompass a broad range of design disciplines; taking into account both graphic design and illustration areas of interest. The five key visits (entry fees £40) are located in the four quadrants of Amsterdam to maximise the areas investigated:

The estimated total cost for flights/Eurostar, accommodation and museum entry fees for this trip to Amsterdam is £400. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Amsterdam are:

  • To enhance understanding of a globalised market for design
  • To raise intercultural awareness by negotiating a place different in many different ways
  • To build transferable soft skills, as well as, confidence and resilience with a supported scenario
  • To network with practitioners and curators from a broad range of creative design industries

Students will have a specific design journal that they will utilise to record sources, resources, impressions and responses, which will enhance their engagement in learning outside conventional strictures of the DMU environment. They will be encouraged to integrate their creative journal into their studio projects, providing a direct impact on their course work.

Cultural activities

Amsterdam is a vibrant European city bursting with opportunities, full of interesting venues to visit. Each day a programme of optional cultural activities have been scheduled in to give students a feel of what the Amsterdam vibe is, this is in addition to the organised tours and visits to venues.

The optional cultural schedule that students can join the staff in, as and when they like, will include places, such as: Oosterpark, LAB111 (a former pathological anatomy lab showing a range of special screenings, art exhibitions, lectures and concerts), and OCCII (not-for-profit music venue that credits its development to the squatting movement of the late ‘80s and ‘90s). Students may also choose to visit popular attractions, such as: the Anne Frank Museum and Rembrandt House.

COVID-19 information

Travel to the Netherlands is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for the Netherlands.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.