Young Alumni Club


Well, hello there! Welcome to YA, the free club for all graduate designers in the Netherlands. In a one-year program, we help these young designers kick-start their careers.

YA is ready to present!

YA, BNO's Young Alumni club, is ready for DDW! For months we've been preparing for YA Present! UNDER CONSTRUCTION and YA Present! EVENING SESSIONS at Sectie-C in Eindhoven.

Visit us during Dutch Design Week (19 – 27 October)! We're looking forward to tell you about our work.  

YA Present! UNDER CONSTRUCTION -  11.00 - 20.00 hrs (every day)
YA Present! BUBBLE TIME - 17.00 - 18.00 hrs (every day)
YA Present! EVENING SESSIONS - 19.00 - 20.00 hrs (Mon / Wed / Fri )
YA Present! CLOSING PARTY - 20.00 - 02.00 hrs (Sat)

YA Present! participants 2019

This year 69 graduates will show their work at YA Present! UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Click below for info and a sneak preview of their work. 

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Upcoming events

Dude YA Special!

In October Dude Magazine will feature the YA Special! We asked Design graduates to submit their graduation project, after which a team of former 'Dudes' selected their favorite projects.

This year's selection committee (2019) consisted of: illustrator and animator Simon Buijs (BobbyPola), Wieki Somers, Rosa Koolhoven, Odette Ex, Marcel Vroom and Bas Timmer, plus Tirso Francés of Dude's design agency Dietwee.

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YA Graduates Special, Dude #3 2018   

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! & 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 

About 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.

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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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