Graphic Design and Illustration in Brussels

Key Information


Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007929


Departure Date: 25/03/24

Return Date: 29/03/24


£310: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation. Students will also be required to pay for: In country travel (£25), museum and gallery entry fees including guided tours and in country travel (£85), food and drinks, and visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


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

Travel: Travel (Eurostar) will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Anna Smalley -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £160 as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.


Second and third year Graphic Design and Graphic Design Illustration students 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

As the centre of the EU, Brussels is a hub of cultural, social and environmental developments, in terms of eco conscious sustainable urban initiatives, underpinned by a vibrant creative scene. This trip to Brussels for Graphic Design and Graphic Design Illustration students, will focus on creative sustainability, integrated urban development, and creative design solutions.

During the trip, there will be guided visits to key design and illustration agencies, museums and galleries and creative incubator centres, especially focussed on contemporary practise and independent alternative business models for new designers working within creative industries which will be the focus of the weeks visit. The venues and guided activities and tours scheduled aim to facilitate the students understanding of where design and the creative industries are going within a broader context – looking forward to their future as designers and illustrators.

The range of venues in Brussels will be selected to cover a range of creative interests, so graphic design and illustration students are exposed to a wide variety of stimulus. Venues and guided tours in Brussels and Antwerp may include:

Students will be required to pay an additional £85 to cover the costs of museum visits and tours in addition to the £160 that will be requested by DMU Global to cover the cost of the Eurostar and accommodation in Brussels. The £150 DMU Global will be deducted from the total cost of travel and accommodation.

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 Brussels are:

  • To expand the students terms of references as to how they position their developing work practice and themselves as young people, within a framework of diversity and collaboration
  • To expose students to specialist areas of design and illustration practise in the light of huge changes related to AI/AR/VR happening within a dynamic creative industries market
  • To stimulate students creatively to expand their aspirations and terms of reference for the development of their own project briefs, skill set and work practise at university
  • To promote an increasing awareness of the broader social and cultural implications of their chosen field and current approaches and thinking on the future of sustainable design

Pre-trip meet-ups will be organised to stimulate students’ interest and awareness of the venues we will be visiting and the opportunities on offer. Guidance will be given on integrating the opportunity into their own work and projects. Students will be asked to keep some kind of visual record of the trip via photos/videos and drawing. which we hope to collate into a post trip publication to share with the students post trip.

Cultural activities

Brussels is a huge cultural centre and offers many activities from quirky markets to slick high end shopping malls. There are a huge range of museums and galleries and parks and public spaces offering free additional opportunities for the students to relax, explore and soak in more of the city’s vibe.

Additional optional activities are being planned which will focus on the sustainability agenda including possible visits to Sonian Forest ( UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Tour & Taxis district, an impact conscious industrial redevelopment, focussing on innovation and artistry, where the futures of urban living are being debated through modelling, including a trip to Gare Maritime an architectural showcase in repurposing.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).