Apply now for 2019
YA is now open for registration! Hit the button below, here you can find more information, upload your graduation project, tell us a little more about yourself and hit submit! Deadline: the 4th of August.
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. BNO guides 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.
Are you a design student about to graduate? Keep an eye on our social media, newsletter or this page. We expect to start our open call in June of this year.
YA's year program
We're visiting all the academies to meet the graduates, see their projects and invite them to join YA.
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.
Regular meetings throughout the country to discuss the challenges Young Alumni face when they are kickstarting their career.
January - July
Here you can find a complete overview of the graduates that participated in our exhibition + evening sessions in Club-C at Sectie-C.
In the Dude October issue we published the YA Special! 2018, for which a jury of former Dudes selected their 30 favourite graduation projects.
The YA Evening Sessions
Every night, during DDW, we organised evening sessions with big names from the design world. You can find these events below.