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Earning a Masters in Design Studies can elevate design students to new levels of leadership in their field. An MA in design takes the student on an in-depth journey into the intricacies of design theory and practice.

People may wonder, "What is an MA in Design Studies?" An MA in a design field is a graduate-level degree that encourages the student to think critically about aspects of design such as the historical, theoretical and social implications of design. MA programs related to design may include Design and Technology, Fashion Studies, Architectural Theory, Sustainability and Design and other specialized programs.

Masters programs allow the student to tailor his or her educational experience to his or her unique and specific interests in the field of design. The student is challenged to innovate, and to think critically about all aspects of the field. Studying at the MA level allows design practitioners to learn and incorporate a higher level of research and theory into their work. Furthermore, achieving an MA can give practitioners a job-seeking advantage in a competitive environment. Engaging in an MA program may also give the student opportunities to improve upon his or her design portfolio.

Programs around the world and from institution to institution can vary widely when it comes to cost. Students should carefully research costs related to the program of their choice.

People who are passionate about design may seek a career that is creative, cerebral and hands-on. After completing an MA in Design Studies, an individual may be qualified to pursue a career in different disciplines including marketing, graphic design, urban planning, industrial design, interior design, fashion design and many other fields. Designers of mobile apps and other technological innovations are in high demand. Careers in design allow the designer to touch and shape the world that we live in.

Individuals seeking to further their education in design may be able to complete much or all of their coursework online. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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89 Results in Design Studies

Hyper Island

Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a d ... [+]

Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build products, services and systems in the real world.

The role of a designer is shifting. A product today is rarely just physical and consumers expectations are higher than ever. The challenge for designers is to design and deliver meaningful experiences, both online and offline.

The MA in Digital Experience Design will develop your technical, creative and strategic skills as an experienced designer to lead the change within this evolving industry.

You will explore experience design and related fields such as service design and interaction design, understanding human behaviour, rigorous research, digital technologies and prototyping, project management, business acumen and how to build and lead an effective team.... [-]

United Kingdom Manchester
Open Enrollment
Full-time
24 weeks
Campus
Norwich University of the Arts

Combining creativity, craft skills and technological innovation, our MA Textile Design Masters degree course will develop and refine your expert knowledge of textile desi ... [+]

Overview

You’ll work at the forefront of the discipline, embracing the latest digital and technological advancements while developing a clear understanding of the market and the commercial potential of your work.

Hone your textile design skills

You’ll be encouraged to push your imagination and stretch the boundaries of the discipline through the creative use of materials, processes and concepts.

Course tutors and workshop technicians teaching on this postgraduate course are also practitioners, with extensive and diverse experience in areas including digital textile production, CAD for repeat design, laser cutting, illustration, dye and weave. The breadth and depth of their knowledge will benefit you as you experiment and develop your practice through exhibitions and national competitions.... [-]

United Kingdom Norwich
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
HMKW

The M.A. Communication Design is a future-proof program. It provides key competencies expected from creative heads in management positions, focusing on aesthetic producti ... [+]

The M.A. Communication Design is a future-proof program. It provides key competencies expected from creative heads in management positions, focusing on aesthetic production in advertising, marketing and visual communication. The aim is to master the entire design-oriented process of value creation both in theory and practice.

Features

Integration of theory and practice of design:

latest developments in research and analysis of design and creativity practical work and art direction projects Learning outcomes

The ability to carry out the roles and responsibilities associated with the position of Art Director and other management positions held by creative talents, within the framework of the ever-increasing convergence of print, online, broadcast and mobile media.... [-]

Germany Cologne Berlin Frankfurt
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 6 semesters
Campus
Umeå Institute of Design - Umeå University

The MFA in Advanced Product Design Programme is a solution-driven education that focuses on the advanced treatment of design - using user studies, problem identification, ... [+]

MFA in Advanced Product Design

Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits

As innovation and new technologies become more significant in the design process, the industrial designer's role as coordinator of the problem-solving process is becoming more important. The increasing complexities and demands for multi-disciplinary teamwork in the product development process demand a more holistic approach, which is one of the modern industrial designers' greatest attributes, and the basis for the Advanced Product Design Programme.

The Advanced Product Design Programme is a solution-driven education that focuses on the advanced treatment of design - using user studies, problem identification and analysis, new technologies and materials, and above all, an emphasis on innovative and new thinking - to find the best possible solution for a given problem or identified design opportunity.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Danube University Krems Department for Image Science

In our contemporary knowledge society, competent use of creative and organizational skills determines the power of the visitor experience and the ultimate success of an e ... [+]

Overview

This unique program at the Department for Image Science enables students to profit from the knowledge and experiences of outstanding experts in the field of scientific and cultural exhibition-making and design. Participants will be presented with creative and organizational skills like exhibition development, scenography and project management as well as with know-how about the financing, copyrights-management and the international transfer & lending of exhibition objects and multimedia-based techniques of presentation.

The different characteristics of special, permanent and traveling exhibitions are taught, supported by many case studies. Best-practice-examples of leading experts in exhibition design and management give thorough insights into contemporary trends and introduce students to new working fields with a special focus on immersive exhibit architecture and experiential worlds.... [-]

Austria Krems an der Donau
April 2019
Part-time
2 - 5 semesters
Online & Campus Combined
Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)

You will perfect your knowledge base, positioning yourself at the very heart of communication design, learning to master thematic areas of visual design, from advertising ... [+]

About

You will perfect your knowledge base, positioning yourself at the very heart of communication design, learning to master thematic areas of visual design, from advertising and the highly structured world of multimedia communication, bringing together in these areas design techniques and digital innovation.

Visual Design, a new frontier in project design and coordination.

The Master of Arts Degree Program in Visual and Innovation Design is a two-year artistic specialization designed to launch designers beyond the boundaries of traditional graphic design limitations.

The course provides training and preparation for students to competently create visual communication, using a blend of multimedia design, visual design, and advertising skills.... [-]

Italy Rome
October 2019
2 years
Campus
Manchester Metropolitan University

This course promotes the investigation and interpretation of interior space, inside and outside of the traditional architectural envelope, whilst considering human occupa ... [+]

Overview

This course promotes the investigation and interpretation of interior space, inside and outside of the traditional architectural envelope, whilst considering human occupation, engagement and experience as the catalyst. This may manifest in a variety of outcomes and will allow you to work within your chosen speciality such as building re-use, exhibition or shop design, branding, identities or environmental graphics, performance or set design, temporary installations or ‘event’ design, furniture or artefact design. The specialist workshops provide you with opportunities to explore materiality, fabrication and realisation of your ideas, through technical rigour at a variety of scales whilst studio teaching is underpinned by engagement with industry.... [-]

United Kingdom Manchester
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Gloucestershire

The MA and MDes courses offer a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues. For the MA this is thr ... [+]

The MA and MDes courses offer a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues. For the MA this is through research-based enquiries, while the MDes has a professional emphasis. Students initially join as an MA student but have the option to register as an MDes candidate as the course progresses.

We see design thinking and research as being at the heart of design innovation. As a designer, learning to manage complex ideas can be the key to finding solutions and developing strategies that can be applied across a range of disciplines.

Building upon your communication and research skills, the course will help you to apply them to successful problem-solving. You will explore contemporary issues such as global trends, ethics, gender and sustainability by crossing genres, and exploring new and emerging technologies for creation and communication. The UK produces world-class designers who are sought after internationally- our MA and MDes courses set out to help you realise your ambitions in a global context.... [-]

United Kingdom Cheltenham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 semesters
Campus
Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences

The Master’s programme in Interaction Design is aimed at students in various professions who actively want to work on the design and integration of new information and co ... [+]

No restricted admission. Start of studies The programme begins in winter and summer semesters. Applicants with foreign certificates please apply till 30 April (winter semester) or 15 October (summer semester) via uni-assist e.V.. Programme objectives

The Master’s programme in Interaction Design is aimed at students in various professions who actively want to work on the design and integration of new information and communications technologies into the man-made environment. Graduates with a Master's degree in Interaction Design are able to conceive intuitive user scenarios for complex industrial products and to realise these in a multidisciplinary team. Interaction Design places the user and user scenarios at the centre of conceptual development.... [-]

Germany Magdeburg
October 2019
Full-time
3 semesters
Campus
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

This course is open to students who have graduated in any art or design related degree subject and who already have the knowledge and experience of a specialist area. Th ... [+]

What to Expect

This course is open to students who have graduated in any art or design related degree subject and who already have the knowledge and experience of a specialist area. The MA will allow you to continue with your area of specialism whilst being supported by subject lecturers.

Alternatively, you may be looking for a Master’s degree, but you are not clear which specialism to focus on. From our experience with students from all over the world, we know that there is sometimes a mismatch between previous experience and future ambitions. This course is for you: MA Art & Design is flexible enough to provide opportunities for you to experiment by trying out new approaches and developing new skills before finding your focus. As you move through the programme you will then start to identify and execute your final project, and we can support you to move to one of our specialist MA programmes if you want.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
August 2019
3 semesters
Campus
Frederick University

The MA in Interdisciplinary Design programme encourages students to challenge and explore conventional boundaries of various art and design disciplines, borrowing and exp ... [+]

The MA in Interdisciplinary Design programme encourages students to challenge and explore conventional boundaries of various art and design disciplines, borrowing and experimenting creatively. Interdisciplinary methodologies are investigated and applied aiming at the advancement and development of new and novel design discourses. The programme encourages and respects critical theory as well as in-depth understanding of the material and the practice of making. Furthermore, it offers a close relation with the professional industry and provides opportunities for collaboration on real-life local and international projects.

The programme is anchored in the area of Design, allowing each individual student to follow the areas of expertise provided by two major streams, which reflect the needs of upcoming new industries:... [-]

Cyprus Nicosia
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
18 - 36 months
Campus
Kennesaw State University

The M.A. in Integrated Global Communication is an innovative and contemporary program designed for communication professionals who appreciate how economically interdepend ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

At Kennesaw State University, we're preparing a new generation of leaders in globally integrated organizations. The M.A. in Integrated Global Communication is an innovative and contemporary program designed for communication professionals who appreciate how economically interdependent and socially interconnected the world is today.

Market share, mindshare and competitive positioning are vital ingredients for organizational success. Achieving these goals on a global scale requires special knowledge and skills to effectively communicate shared meanings across countries and regions with diverse cultural, political, and economic characteristics. Global communication refers to the information flow that transcends national boundaries, that is mindful of organizational goals and objectives while being sensitive to peoples of different cultures and races, and that recognizes political and economic differences among global organizational stakeholders.... [-]

USA Kennesaw
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
Goldsmiths, University of London

This unique course offers critically-engaging themes and technologies, providing skills in immersive storytelling to reflect rapid changes in the games industry. ... [+]

This unique course offers critically-engaging themes and technologies, providing skills in immersive storytelling to reflect rapid changes in the games industry.

Whether you are looking to build retail or museum installations or you want to use games to tell cinematic stories, this program explores how to craft deeply compelling, critical games and interactive work both for clients and creative practice.

The MA in Independent Games and Playable Experience Design focuses on developing aesthetic awareness, creating compelling mechanics and the ability to craft innovative narratives in games and immersive experiences. Students will be given the skills needed to run a small business and produce a quality design on a highly professional level.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design AAAD

Visual Arts is a follow-up postgraduate program that combines practical studio-based seminars and workshops with theoretical lectures on art theory and history. ... [+]

VISUAL ARTS is a follow-up master's degree programme that combines practical studio-based seminars and workshops with theoretical lectures on art theory and history. It is designed for BA or MA degree holders from universities and colleges abroad, irrespective of country. It aims at providing foreign students with good education in the chosen discipline in order to prepare them for individual or team specialist profession all over the world.

After two years of studies, students are required to submit a diploma work consisting of a thesis and a diploma project defense. Successful programme graduates obtain an internationally acknowledged academic degree MgA. together with Diploma Supplement containing information about subjects taken at the university. In Visual Arts, importance is attached not only to a balanced combination of practice (mastering craft and technical or technological procedures) and theory (Art History and critical reflection of the current issues in the chosen discipline) but also to an interdisciplinary approach.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2019
Full-time
2 - 3 years
Campus
Design Akademie Berlin

Our Master’s degree program Strategic Design focuses on the systematic study of the relationships and interactions between ideas, people, brands and space, building a coh ... [+]

Strategic Design Master of Arts (in English)

Our Master’s degree program Strategic Design focuses on the systematic study of the relationships and interactions between ideas, people, brands, and space, building a coherent set of designed decisions to effectively tackle challenges.

With special emphasis on developing strong research and synthesis skills for brand innovation, our master study program prepares designers to strategically approach and deal with complex problems, build solid interdisciplinary as well as intercultural communication skills and learn to co-create with other design stakeholders. It equips students with the skills and expertise to work and lead on the strategy, design, brand, research & development sectors of the creative and innovation industry.... [-]

Germany Berlin
October 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus