23 Masters of Arts 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 fundame… Read more

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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Brand University of Applied Sciences
Hamburg, Germany

In the new master’s program Brand Innovation with a focus on Design & Innovation, you will learn how to develop exciting products and services, create digital innovations ... +

In the new master’s program Brand Innovation with a focus on Design & Innovation, you will learn how to develop exciting products and services, create digital innovations and apply relevant technologies. -
MA
Full-time
3 semesters
English
01 Apr 2020
15 Mar 2020
Campus
 
Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)

The Master of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design – the first program of its kind recently set up in central/southern Italy – succeeds in fully embracing this complex area of s ... +

The Master of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design – the first program of its kind recently set up in central/southern Italy – succeeds in fully embracing this complex area of studies, addressing the increasingly central role played by digital technologies and techniques in the design of multimedia spaces and works. It represents a wide-ranging field ranging from the design of installations and fit-outs of cultural events to the realization of spaces in public and private settings and even virtual set design and video mapping on the façades of public buildings and monuments. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
Italian
Campus
 
CSVPA
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines UK (publishers of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire magazines and more), we offer an exciting and industry-connected Master ... +

Delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines UK (publishers of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire magazines and more), we offer an exciting and industry-connected Master’s course to support and enhance the skills of art and design practitioners who want to develop their ambitions within the cultural and creative industries. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Design Akademie Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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 ... +

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. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Campus
 
London School of Design and Marketing (ES)
London, United Kingdom

In a complex and competitive environment as what companies currently integrate, design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, since it offers innovation ... +

In a complex and competitive environment as what companies currently integrate, design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, since it offers innovation and differentiation. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
Spanish, English, Portuguese, Portuguese, Portuguese, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish
Online
 
London School Of Design And Marketing
London, United Kingdom

In a complex and competitive environment, as the one companies currently integrate, the design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, as it provides inno ... +

In a complex and competitive environment, as the one companies currently integrate, the design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, as it provides innovation and differentiation. London School of Design and Marketing's Master in Design represents the opportunity of turning professionals into experts of several design areas, by improving their fundamental, critical and procedural skills, not only to understand the corporate reality but also to contribute to the process of value creation. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Online
 
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, United Kingdom

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students, and partners work as equals to deliver real inno ... +

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students, and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. It is one of the UK's oldest art and design schools and is a member of DESIS, a global network of social innovation and sustainability. MA Design is an interdisciplinary programme with eight individual courses which promotes an ethos of social and cultural innovation. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Campus
 
University of Pécs
Pécs, Hungary

The University of Pécs, Faculty of Music and Visual Art’s Ceramic department has a close partnership and is located at the same site as the world-famous Zsolnay Porcelain Fact ... +

The University of Pécs, Faculty of Music and Visual Art’s Ceramic department has a close partnership and is located at the same site as the world-famous Zsolnay Porcelain Factory in Pécs. Various types of forming methods from handcrafting to design and spacious studio places together with academic level personal tutoring provide the students the opportunity of finding their own artistic way. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom

This programme aims to give designers the opportunity to hone their creative and professional practice by working alongside academics and practitioners in a dynamic and interd ... +

This programme aims to give designers the opportunity to hone their creative and professional practice by working alongside academics and practitioners in a dynamic and interdisciplinary studio environment. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
Aalto University
Espoo, Finland

The Contemporary Design Programme supports students to discover and advance their individual creative processes and in linking them to the problem-solving processes and method ... +

The Contemporary Design Programme supports students to discover and advance their individual creative processes and in linking them to the problem-solving processes and methods of others. Students are working in a multifaceted learning environment that provides support for creativity, as well as critical and analytical thinking. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Paris College Of Art
Paris, France

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 ( ... +

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. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
Munich, Germany

Study a Master of Arts in Design Thinking. This Design M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campus in Munich, Germany.

Study a Master of Arts in Design Thinking. This Design M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campus in Munich, Germany. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 semesters
English
Mar 2020
15 Feb 2020
Campus
 
Royal College of Art
London, United Kingdom

The programme aims to provide students with a course and an environment that encourage individuality, enhance their skills, and invite them to challenge and be challenged by r ... +

The programme aims to provide students with a course and an environment that encourage individuality, enhance their skills, and invite them to challenge and be challenged by related issues whilst exploring the breadth and diversity of textiles -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, United Kingdom

Illustrators work within many disciplines, are able to visualise, elucidate and extend the meaning of a given field of knowledge or information and communicate ideas and narra ... +

Illustrators work within many disciplines, are able to visualise, elucidate and extend the meaning of a given field of knowledge or information and communicate ideas and narratives to specific audiences. The contemporary practice of illustration is multidisciplinary, incorporating drawing, printmaking, traditional and digital media, model making, performance and collaborative, interactive practices. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

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 comp ... +

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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Jan 2020
Campus