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M.Des.: Application and Regulations

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Prerequisites and Application Procedure

Eligibility criteria for applicants are a bachelor's degree and a professional experience of at least three years.

Specifications for bachelor's degree:
• The degree can be from an institution in Israel or abroad
• The degree needs to be approved by the Council of High Education
• The degree should be in one of the following fields: design, art, engineering or computers. Applicants with a bachelor's degree in different fields (such as social science, humanities or life sciences etc.) will need to prove accomplishments and/or skills suitable to the program.

Applicants need to have an average score of at least 80 on their bachelor's degree. Applicants who have a lower average (75-79) need to submit a special request to the admission committee.

Students who have not been trained as industrial designers will be required to take supplementary courses. The supplementary courses will be concentrated into one day of study a week for a year, and in two concentrated courses during vacations. Every student must complete these courses during the first year of the program. Completion of the supplementary courses will constitute a condition for continuing on to the second year. Tuition for the supplementary courses will be per credit, and separate from the global tuition for the Master's program.
The completion courses include:
 • Trends and styles in design
•  Authorization test for workshop practice
 • Basic course in design
•  Basic course in drawing
• Course in Computer Design (Solidworks)

Stage 1: application kit and portfolio:
Each Masters applicant needs to submit the application kit by the end of the application process. The applicant will choose his/her desired field of studies in the application form (there is a max of two fields per applicant). The final decision of the main study field will be made by the admission committee. The first stage entails:
a. An inspection of the portfolio: the portfolio will contain a number a design-related or professional projects which are relevant to the applicant's desired field of study. The portfolio is to be submitted in a two-dimensional format, at a size no larger than A3, on a CD or USB in a PC suitable format. Objects in 3D will not be accepted.
b. Resume
c. Results sheet
d. A declaration of intent by the applicant, at a length of 200-250 words.
Applicants who will pass the first stage will be called for an interview.

Stage 2: Application interview:
Interviews will be held during June. A specific time will be given at the time of registration. Applicants who have passed the first sorting stage will be invited to an application interview. Summons will be sent via mail. Nevertheless, each applicant is responsible to independently find out the time and location of their interview. During the interview the applicant will be asked to present their portfolio, along with their professional goals and ambitions. Each applicant is required to bring some sort of identification (ID, Aliyah certificate or passport), and the summons he/she received to the acceptance interview.

Regulations

 
Conditions for passage from first year to second year
At the end of the first year the grade committee will review the academic status of the students. In order to pass from the first year of study to the second year of the program, the student must fulfill the following conditions:
•  A grade of at least 70 in the design labs and the conceptual workshops.
•  Completion of all obligations of prerequisite courses.
In light of the student's result sheet, his/ her portfolio and fulfillment of obligations of completion courses (in the event that the student is required to take these), the committee will determine the student's continuation of study. Furthermore, it is the committee's prerogative, if it be necessary, to recommend to the program's teaching committee to put a student "on probation" for one semester only in the second year of study. At the end of this semester the committee will reconvene and discuss the student's academic situation. The committee may decide to remove the status of "probation", to extend it for one more semester or notify the student of termination of his/ her studies.

Final Requirements for the Receipt of a Master's degree
Every student in the M.Des program must fulfill the following requirements in order to receive a Master's degree:
 • Accrual of 60 academic credits: 44 academic credits in subjects of industrial design and 16 academic credits in courses of theory, research and writing.
 • A grade of at least 70 in design labs, conceptual workshops and the final project.
 • A grade of at least "55" in the remainder of the program's courses.
•  An average of at least 70 in all of the program's courses.
 • Fulfillment of all academic requirements as determined in the program's courses.
 • Payment in full of tuition and other compulsory fees as determined by the academy.
 • Returning all equipment and books in the student's possession that belong to the academy.

Excelling in studies
A grade average will include all of the courses that were taken throughout the program.
Summa Cum Laude – will be awarded to a student whose average is over 95.
Cum Laude - will be awarded to a student whose grade average is over 90 or to the top 20% of the first students whose grade average is over 85.

Exchange students
In the framework of Bezalel's student exchange outfit, the program allows students to dedicate one semester of study (in the second year) to academic studies in a similar institute abroad. A student who is interested in this option will not be able to sign up for the final project in that same academic year and will be forced to divide his studies over a period of more than two years. Student exchanges are for one semester of study only. Travel arrangements and so forth are at the student's expense. During the period of exchange the payment of tuition to Bezalel remains the same. Bezalel is responsible for payment to the institution of exchange studies. Following are three schools with which M.Des exchange programs are possible:
• University of Art & Design, Helsinki, Finland – www.uiah.fi
• International Design School for Advanced Studies, Seoul, Korea – http://www.idas.ac.kr/
• University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM , Germany -  http://www.fh-joanneum.at
• Ecole Superieure d'Art et de Design ESAD de Reims - www.esad-reims.fr

Scholarships and awards
The program is currently offering several scholarships and awards:
•  The Polanski Award for the Excelling Designer - $2500 dollars will be awarded to the student who excels in his/ her studies in the M.Des program.
 • The Lockman scholarship for encouraging creativity in the field of Judaica:
The Lockman tuition scholarship is awarded once a year to a student or students in the program who create in the field of Judaica and declare their intentions to continue to develop projects in this discipline throughout their studies towards a Master's degree.
 • Development grant on behalf of the Geronteck association – this grant is given to a student for research and development of products for the elderly population.
 • The Schneidigger scholarship – this scholarship is awarded once a year an excelling student who is in need of financial assistance.
*Information on additional scholarships and grants will be given throughout the school year.

Copyrights
Every student studying in the program accepts the written commitment and agreement regarding copyrights and rights on models and patents. A student is obligated to show his works in all of the exhibitions that the academy organizes. A student who requests to make use (commercial or advertising) of his/ her work, is to request the lecturer's/ advisor's approval, in writing, and is to refer his/ her request, in writing, to the teaching committee. The committee will recommend renunciation of copyrights if, in its opinion, the project will not be used by the academy. The program's recommendation will be passed on for the approval of the Head of the Academy.

Students' works and experimental works
The students' works are the property of the academy, and it has the right to hold a limited number of chosen works for an unlimited period of time. In the event that he/ she is asked to do so, the student will leave his/ her work and it will be considered the property of the program and the academy. Development of new material or glazing by a student will be used as a donation to knowledge, research and development, and will be considered the property of the academy. The development will be named for the student. A student is entitled to continue to create works for selling from patterns that were made in the framework of studies, only with the approval of the teaching committee. Works that the program does not leave in its possession are the student's property and he/ she is responsible for their removal upon the conclusion of the school year. The program encourages the sale of models for execution in industry; however the presentation and sales of works will be done through the program and with the approval of the teaching committee and the Academy.