Young Alumni Club


Well, hello there! Have you heard of YA, the Young Alumni club for designers? Powered by BNO! This program has been created to kickstart the career of all design graduates in The Netherlands. Think life-saving tips&tricks, monthly meetings, the opportunity to present yourself at Dutch Design Week, or to become one of the 30 best design graduates in the fall issue of Dude Magazine.

YA is our free club for all graduate designers in the Netherlands. In a one-year program, we help you to kick-start your careers by introducing you to the design industry, teach you practical skills, share mutual experiences and form a network that is ready to take to the stage.

Applications for 2019 are now closed

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Why YA?

Each year hundreds of designers graduate at Dutch design schools. They all can't wait to kickstart their career. But pretty much all of them have in common that they have no experience with the social and business side of the design field. We guide these young talents with a year program called YA, which stands for Young Alumni. YA offers information, knowledge, skills, a network and a stage so that they can develop themselves into a true professional.

During Dutch Design Week we organize a big exhibition together with the graduates. They are involved in every part of organising the event: from building the exhibition materials, to creating the visual identity and calling the speakers for the Evening Sessions.  

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YA's year program

YA Congratulate!

We're visiting all the academies to meet the graduates, see their projects and invite them to join YA. 

June - July

YA Collaborate!

Together with the Young Alumni we are designing the exhibition and organizing the program for Dutch Design Week.

August - October

YA Present! @ Dutch Design Week
& Dude YA Special!:

Matchmaking and information sessions in a setting that displays the recent graduation projects during Dutch Design Week. Also, a selection of Dudes will select their thirty favourite graduation projects which will be published in Dude Magazine.


YA Hello! 

Regular meetings throughout the country to discuss the challenges Young Alumni face when they are kickstarting their career.

January - July 

Looking back:
YA & Dutch Design Week 2018

The participants of YA Present! 2018

Here you can find a complete overview of the graduates that participated in our exhibition + evening sessions in Club-C at Sectie-C.

The Dude YA Special!

In the Dude October issue we published the YA Special! 2018, for which a jury of former Dudes selected their 30 favourite graduation projects. You can read it here.

Looking back at YA Present! 2018

A photographic recap of YA Present!, our exhibition / evening program at Sectie-C in Eindhoven. (text in Dutch

Upcoming events

Dude YA Special!

For the fifth year in a row Dude Magazine will publish a graduate special. Design graduates, we ask you to submit your graduation project, after which a team of former 'Dudes'  will select their favorite 30. These will then be presented in the October issue of Dude Magazine. 

Last year's selection committee (2018) consisted of: ChloĆ© Rutzerveld (food design), Sanne Schenk (interior design), Joost Jansen (fashion design), Jeroen Barendse (digital design), Simone Post (product and textile design) and Gijs Kast (illustration). 

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YA is powered by the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO). Are you curious what BNO is? You can find more information in English here. Or, if you can read Dutch, click here.

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