Part of the mission of the Museum of Applied Arts is to make Hungarian contemporary craft and design, the "creative industry", accessible to as broad a section of the public as possible, and to shape and educate public taste by presenting contemporary visual culture within the Museum and at other venues. It pursues this by collecting contemporary objects, subjecting them to study, and putting them on exhibition. There is information on the Museum's craft and design exhibitions in the relevant parts of the website, but the Museum also plays an active part in programmes and collaborations involving external partners.
The Hungarian Design Council (Hungarian Intellectual Property Office) is the body responsible for drawing up and coordinating the government strategy for the development of Hungarian design, and gives advice and reconciles interests and opinions during the implementation of the strategy. Zoltán Cselovszki, Director of the Museum of Applied Arts, is a member of the Council. Among its chief tasks is to run the Hungarian Design Award and the Moholy-Nagy László Design Scholarship. The exhibitions of award-winning work have been held in the Museum for several years.
Design Week: the annual festival of Hungarian design, held at the beginning of October. Events spread across venues throughout Budapest are aimed at putting design over to the public and to industry through exhibitions, fashion shows, talks and other events. It gives a glimpse into the work of Hungarian and foreign designers. The highest awards in the industry (Hungarian Design Award and Design Management Award) are presented as part of Design Week every year in the Museum. The Museum of Applied Arts is a key Design Week partner, and several contemporary design exhibitions there are timed to open during the week. The events are organised by Design Terminál.
MaDok programme: under the coordination of the Hungarian Ethnographic Museum, the MaDok programme is aimed at preserving contemporary objects and creating museum documentation of the present age by building up and running a central system of records. It does not aim to set up a separate institution specialising in contemporary affairs, but to forge links between institutions and research projects and make their work accessible via an information system. The Museum of Applied Arts is a regular participant in the programme.
The Moholy-Nagy University of Art (MOME) is Hungary's foremost provider of university-level education in traditional crafts, and training in design, architecture and visual communication. The university is also an intellectual workshop for designers and applied artists through its library, gallery and publications. MOME traces its beginnings to the National Hungarian Royal School of Applied Arts, which was founded in 1880 and moved to a new building together with the Museum of Applied Arts in 1896. Although MOME has long since almost completely moved out of the Üllői út building, its ongoing links with the Museum are manifested in joint exhibitions and events, and educational collaborations.
The Studio of Young Designers Association (FISE) recruits graduate artists, who are admitted on the criterion of how they can strengthen the Association, through assessment of their work and portfolio, and an interview by the Studio management. At present it has more than 400 members. Many of its members become authorities in the field, and university lecturers, and although it mainly represents recent graduates, members can remain in the organisation even after the age of 35. FISE is not a recognised professional body, and collaborates with the Museum in several areas. In 2012, the Association celebrated its 30th anniversary with an exhibition in the Museum.
Web of Europe: a creative process based on collaboration among eminent European tapestry-makers, launched by the Budapest-based Ildikó Dobrányi Foundation and the Hungarian Cultural Institute of Brussels. It culminated in a unique set of 21st-century woven tapestries, the Web of Europe, which was completed by the first half of 2011 - the period of Hungary's presidency of the EU - and exhibited in the Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire in Brussels between 20 May and 14 August 2011 and the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts between 13 October and 27 November the same year. The declared aim of the project was to draw attention to the art of the woven tapestry, a common European heritage deserving honour and preservation, and also a living, inspirational cultural medium.