Masters of Arts in Design

Compare 18 MA Programs in Design

An MA, or Master of Arts, is a type of master’s degree awarded by many universities. Students pursuing this degree typically study subjects within the scope of arts, humanities or social sciences. The method of learning is usually seminar-based, which encourages discussions regarding the subject matter.

What is an MA in Design? It is a graduate-level program that teaches students the fundamentals of design. Many programs stress interdisciplinary work and research-driven design practices. Programs may be comprised of seminars, studio workshops, and independent study that discuss retail merchandising, graphic and apparel design, and designing with digital platforms. Class discussion is usually encouraged, and design studios often offer students an opportunity to explore ideas and influences. Independent study may allow students to pursue learning opportunities in personal areas of interest within the subject. Often a Master of Arts in Design is a terminal degree.

Many students find that earning an MA in Design helps develop communication skills that are useful in a variety of formats. Students also often acquire strong observational and creative problem-solving skills. These attributes may help develop personal relationships and qualify graduates for higher salary positions.

Factors such as location, duration and program type can affect the price of enrollment in a design master’s program. Students should get in touch with their school of choice for more information regarding costs.

There are often many professional opportunities for design school graduates, who could pursue jobs in web design, interactive media or video editing. Other possibilities may include advertising, fashion design, interior design, landscape gardening, film and television production, or product and packaging design. Often students become design researchers, educators or entrepreneurs.

Many universities across the globe offer students the opportunity to earn their Master of Arts in Design degree 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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Master of Arts in Design (specialization in Interior Design)

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Milan

The course deeply explores the issues and the methodological processes related to the design of interior spaces, with the aim of developing professional profiles that are mature, aware, trustworthy and flexible, able to express themselves successfully in the global market of creative jobs. [+]

MASTER OF ARTS IN DESIGN – INTERIOR DESIGN

Our ‘Learning by Doing’ approach combines traditional visual disciplines with new digital technologies and synthesizes individual study with group project work. We establish numerous collaborations and projects with Italian and international companies and institutions to give students hands-on work opportunities to develop their critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and practical artistic and design skills.

WHY NABA To study in Milan, recognized as the world’s capital of fashion, arts, and design. To collaborate with over 1,000 companies, working on real-world projects and complementing your studies with unique internship opportunities. To obtain a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural learning experience, with a focus on direct experimentation. To learn from an outstanding faculty of inspiring industry professionals and mentors. To attend cutting-edge programs held both in Italian and English, that will give you an internationally recognized degree. To study in an award-winning academy, selected by leading publications such as Frame Publishers, Domus Magazine, and Business of Fashion, as one of the world's top schools for art and design. ... [-]

Design for Change - MA

University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

This exciting new programme is intended to foster a new breed of designer for the 21st century. As the world undergoes massive, accelerated change, communities, cultures and societies face various complex circumstances and systems, including disruptive technologies, ageing populations, economic instability, conflict and displacement, and environmental degradation. [+]

Programme description

This exciting new programme is intended to foster a new breed of designer for the 21st century. As the world undergoes massive, accelerated change, communities, cultures and societies face various complex circumstances and systems, including disruptive technologies, aging populations, economic instability, conflict and displacement, and environmental degradation. This programme will address the complex, real world challenges these communities face through design-led interventions driven by tactical, critical, strategic and creative approaches. It places an expanded notion of design at the heart of the enterprise of social, technical and environmental change and nurtures an interdisciplinary approach to these complex circumstances.... [-]


Master of Arts in Strategic Design

Design Akademie Berlin
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany 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 coherent set of designed decisions to effectively tackle challenges. [+]

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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Design for Social Impact

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 France Paris

Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Design for Social Impact that equips citizen designers with the practical know-how (design thinking methods, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills) to successfully lead design projects that will bring positive societal changes. [+]

Do you want to contribute to societal change? Do you see issues around you that you think could be improved or solved? Are you creative and entrepreneurial? Are you looking to work with like-minded people? Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Design for Social Impact that equips citizen designers with the practical know-how (design thinking methods, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills) to successfully lead design projects that will bring positive societal changes. The guiding question for this program is:

How can design change the world?

Each academic year students will work with faculty and partner organizations to answer this question on a specific theme – for the 2017-2018 academic year the theme is SHELTER (REFUGE in French). Students will research and design solutions to issues related to temporary or permanent shelter, whether it be a built shelter, a sanctuary, or a condition of increased safety and comfort. In a time of mass migrations, increasing pollution, lasting homelessness, youth unemployment and an aging population, students develop SHELTERS that make a difference.Examples of student projects previously incubated at MakeSense include services to the homeless, products that protect from air pollution or programs that encourage physical activity in senior citizens to decrease the risk of injury and associated health costs. In the first semester students will work with a social entrepreneur in an on-going effort to apply the skills they learn, and in the second semester, they will develop their own individual project that can... [-]


MA in Design

Kadir Has University
Campus Full time September 2018 Turkey Istanbul

Master in Design Program at Kadir Has University, departs from the idea that design is an analytical and creative thinking process, hence offers a wide spectrum of practice and research possibilities throughout education. While offering students to work in different social, public, ecological, technological and cultural contexts, the program also aims to encourage the student to undertake complex social issues. [+]

Designer undertakes new responsibilities, that are brought in with the changing social and technological developments in contemporary life. Designer not only seeks solutions and design for the necessities but also s/he is an innovative, curious researcher opens up new venues for new worlds.

Master in Design Program at Kadir Has University, departs from the idea that design is an analytical and creative thinking process, hence offers a wide spectrum of practice and research possibilities throughout education. While offering students to work in different social, public, ecological, technological and cultural contexts, the program also aims to encourage the student to undertake complex social issues.... [-]


MA Design Products

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London

The MA programme provides students who have already acquired knowledge and skills in various areas of design with an academic framework in which to continue to develop their own professional direction. The course takes a pluralistic view of the students’ ideas and interests and there is an atmosphere that encourages experimental, [+]

About the Programme

The MA programme provides students who have already acquired knowledge and skills in various areas of design with an academic framework in which to continue to develop their own professional direction. The course takes a pluralistic view of the students’ ideas and interests and there is an atmosphere that encourages experimental, groundbreaking work, encouraging a critical approach and a questioning of accepted practices.

The programme has a matrix structure comprised of horizontal teaching units, called Platforms, and a set of vertical themes, which cut across the Platforms. In the first year, students undergo an orientation period in the autumn term, and a diagnostic period in the spring term, experiencing the different design perspectives of the Platforms and the different themes through a set of project briefs. In the summer term, students elect a Platform to follow for the remainder of their studies, underpinned by one of the themes (or a theme of their own choosing). Each Platform is led by two tutors (who are practicing designers), and each theme is led by either a senior tutor or the head of programme, who work together to choose the content and area of focus they wish to concentrate on for the autumn and spring terms, and engage with the students through assigning briefs, and meeting with them on a weekly basis. In addition, students are taught a set of methods and tools, such a critical thinking, user-facing methods, that will underpin their work. Second-year students are expected to produce... [-]


Master of Arts in Design major in Space and Communication

HEAD - Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 Switzerland Geneva

The program champions an explorative approach to design where investigation through thinking and making is critical to the development of a designers personal practice and their future professional progress. The MA program content is devised to give students all they require towards developing personal themes and establishing a strong individual design practice. [+]

The program champions an explorative approach to design where investigation through thinking and making is critical to the development of a designers personal practice and their future professional progress. The MA program content is devised to give students all they require towards developing personal themes and establishing a strong individual design practice.

As a student on the MA, you will spend two years in transdisciplinary workshops, working with experimental media and materials, learning a broad range of specialized tools and techniques to create unique innovative experiential environments, situations, interventions.

By the end of year 1, you will have gained the confidence and skills necessary to establish the framework and methods necessary to take a major design project from inception to completion.... [-]


Master of Arts in Contemporary Design

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

The Contemporary Design Programme enables designers to nurture an artistic mindset in a multidisciplinary environment that fuels design innovations as well as personal and business engagements. In the program, the design is understood in a broad sense including experimental and conceptual works from the spheres of critical and speculative design, experimental design, contemporary craft and product design. [+]

Description of the programme

The Contemporary Design Programme enables designers to nurture an artistic mindset in a multidisciplinary environment that fuels design innovations as well as personal and business engagements. In the program, a design is understood in a broad sense including experimental and conceptual works from the spheres of critical and speculative design, experimental design, contemporary craft and product design.

The education prepares the students to develop their own creative and experimental processes to explore and materialize ideas, concepts and final designs. Alongside their own creative work, students study in multidisciplinary teams and develop their skills to present, exhibit, produce and commercialize their design works and talent.... [-]


MA Art & Design with pathways

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Cardiff

The MA in Art and Design programme as a whole is designed for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Art and Design. [+]

The MA in Art and Design programme as a whole is designed for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Art and Design. In the MA you will submit a written dissertation, and, if wished, a practical piece of work. You choose the balance between these theoretical and practical interests. Typically students might include teachers, aspiring artists, aspiring academics, or recent graduates in Art and/or Design who wish to further their professional practice.

The MA encourages you to develop your practice in a critical yet supportive environment. Our aim is to enable you to sustain your practice and to succeed at the highest level. In order to help to work towards this, you will be allocated a personal tutor and subject-specialist member of academic staff. However, you will also have access to and guidance from other specialists in each area. We offer our MA in a number of specialist pathways. ... [-]


MA in Design

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. [+]

The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation.

Admission requirements

A relevant Bachelor Honours Degree. A “professional” Bachelor’s Degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma, with sufficient preparation to conduct research with a recommended minimum of 60% for all final-year modules.

Selection criteria

In addition to the minimum admission requirements as outlined above, prospective students may be required to present a portfolio of their work to an interview panel. A portfolio would be requested if further evidence is required of a students’ readiness to conduct textual or artefactual research. In case of textual research the portfolio would contain examples of written research, and in the case of artefactual research, a portfolio with the design would be required.... [-]


MA in Interdisciplinary Design

Frederick University
Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters September 2018 Cyprus Nicosia + 1 more

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 in the advancement and development of new and novel design discourses. [+]

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:... [-]


Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology)

National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Campus Part time 24 months August 2018 Singapore

The programme - Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology) aims to provide education and training to professionals with instructional design processes and to broaden the knowledge base and skills of professionals who are applying. [+]

Program Objectives

The programme aims to provide education and training to professionals with instructional design processes and to broaden the knowledge base and skills of professionals who are applying, managing and developing information technologies in school and in corporate environments.

Programme Details

The Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology) programme is designed for education and training professionals working in schools, universities, polytechnics, businesses and industries and e-learning environments. It is concerned with the application, development and management of information technologies, including e-learning, for solving instructional problems in school and corporate learning environments.... [-]


Master of Arts and Design

John Naisbitt University
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 Serbia Belgrade

The main objective of the Master of Arts and Design study program at the Faculty of Art and Design is the development of knowledge, implementation, and development of the artistic skills of students through the Masterwork. With the help of a mentor, students develop their scientific and artistic skills through lectures, workshops, study trips and various presentations. [+]

The main objective of the Master of Arts and Design study program at the Faculty of Art and Design, is the development of knowledge, implementation and development of the artistic skills of students through the Master work. With the help of a mentor, students develop their scientific and artistic skills through lectures, workshops, study trips and various presentations.

Study program is a two-semester interdisciplinary theoretical continuation of undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Arts and Design, directed towards acquiring the necessary education for deeper understanding of the postulates and standards in the field of contemporary art and design, and creative phenomenon and their changing through creativity, in line with modern technological or visual demands of the market.... [-]


Master of Culture and Arts - Design

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences
Online & Campus Combined 3 semesters August 2018 Finland Kouvola Kotka Mikkeli + 1 more

The scope of the degree programme is 60 cr, of which 30 cr is for the development project thesis. The studies last approximately 1.5 years [+]

Master of Culture and Arts - Design

Higher University of Applied Sciences Degree in Design

The scope of the degree programme is 60 cr, of which 30 cr is for the development project thesis. The studies last approximately 1.5 years.

The language of instruction is English.The studies will begin in autumn 2012, 18 student places.

The degree programme is designated for students having a BA degree either in industrial design, technology, business, interior architecture or another applicable academic degree together with a minimum of three years working life experience after completing their BA degree.

This programme is designated to professionals working within design intensive fields of business and provides for innovation management and design leadership tools for a variety of design disciplines.... [-]


MA in Design

Hunan University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2018 China Hunan Henan + 2 more

We aim to cultivate students who have solid theoretical foundation and excellent research ability, and based on the Chinese culture foundation and international perspective, have a strong ability to combined sensibility and rationality, science and art to adapt to the modern design requirements and future design current, able to engage in research, teaching and management works in related fields of art and design. [+]

MA in Design

We aim to cultivate students who have solid theoretical foundation and excellent research ability, and based on the Chinese culture foundation and international perspective, have a strong ability to combined sensibility and rationality, science and art to adapt to the modern design requirements and future design current, able to engage in research, teaching and management works in related fields of art and design.Research Area:

Product design and design systems Digital media design and identity design Design history and design strategy Environment and art design

The education system and cultivation mode:

We accept the flexible educational system, study period is 2-4 years, and the first school year will finish all specialized courses. We implement the system of "design study" dominated mentor responsibility, mentors responsible for the graduate business guidance and ideological education, and compose Steering Group to responsible for postgraduate training and assessment. The credit system. The total credits are 70 credits. Course: 34 credits, Academic activity: 2 credits, Opening report: 2 credits, Graduation design, and dissertation: 32 credits. [-]