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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MA Design

Sheffield Hallam University
Campus Full time 12 - 16 months September 2018 United Kingdom Sheffield

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. [+]

You’ll be challenged to think differently about design and creatively push boundaries, whilst developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile designer.

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 Design (Fashion) MA Design (Graphics) MA Design (Illustration) MA Design (Interaction) MA Design (Interior) MA Design (Jewellery and Metalwork) MA Design (Packaging) MA Design (Product) ... [-]

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... [-]


Master in Design

London School Of Design And Marketing
Online Full time 12 months September 2018 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

We are a UK based provider of online education, accessible worldwide in 3 different languages.

Why a Master's degree in Design?

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.

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Master Of Design

London School of Design and Marketing (ES)
Online Full time 12 months September 2018 United Kingdom London

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. The Master in Design at the London School of Design and Marketing represents the opportunity to convert professionals into experts from different design areas, by improving their fundamental, critical and procedural skills, not only to understand the business reality but also to contribute to the creation process of value. [+]

We are a provider of online educational programs with offices in the United Kingdom. Our programs are taught in 3 languages ​​for everyone.

Why a Master in Design?

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./>

The Master in Design at the London School of Design and Marketing represents the opportunity to convert professionals into experts from different design areas, by improving their fundamental, critical and procedural skills, not only to understand the business reality but also to contribute to the creation process of value.... [-]


Master of Arts in Design

Zurich University of the Arts
Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2018 Switzerland Zürich

Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Design deepen their existing design expertise through building an expanded set of disciplinary, entrepreneurial, and research skills. Our full-time three-semester programme has a strong research orientation, requiring students to undertake an individual Master projector to choose, manage, and bring to completion a proposed cooperation project. This course model creates the ideal conditions for graduates to enter positions of responsibility in enterprises, or to set up their own agencies, or to devote themselves to teaching and research, or to pursue an academic career by undertaking doctoral work leading to a Ph.D. [+]

Master students focus on developing individual design excellence to position themselves successfully in various contexts (entrepreneurship, teaching and research). The combination of various key aspects — self-responsibility, critical and interdisciplinary thinking, adopting a stringent design stance, and entrepreneurial action — plays a decisive role in enabling graduates to take their next career steps, to qualify for executive roles in international settings, and to pursue further (i.e. doctoral) studies.

The Master's programme of Zurich University of the Arts covers six specializations:

Knowledge Visualization: Generating and transferring knowledge through images and visualization. Translation of complex information into a visual language and communicating knowledge through images.... [-]


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 (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. ... [-]

Master of Arts in Design (specialization in Product Design)

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

The MA in Product Design developed out of the MA in Design, first as a specialization and now as its own complete degree program. You will learn a contemporary approach to design founded on the Italian design culture. You will explore the ideas and strategies of professional designers in order to develop your own personal design identity. You will analyze new reference scenarios on innovative topics and design or re-design objects through fostering an experiential and physical relationship with them. [+]

MASTER OF ARTS IN DESIGN – PRODUCT 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. Program ... [-]

MA in Interdisciplinary Design

Frederick University
Campus Full time Part time 18 - 36 months October 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 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.... [-]


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 Design Products programme is about creativity for purpose – educating students to be design leaders, who address real-world challenges through balancing high levels of creativity and technical capability with contextual insight and empathy for people.

The Design Products identity is characterised by a pluralistic approach to designing for purpose through a number of design cultures – Design through Making, Design for Manufacture, Object Mediated Interactions, Design as Catalyst and Exploring Emergent Futures – which are underpinned by a set of contextual and real-world themes. This provides a platform for students to conceptualise and validate ideas by provoking, challenging people, places, things and systems through crafted artefacts. ... [-]


MA V&A/RCA History of Design

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time 15 months October 2018 United Kingdom London

The V&A/RCA History of Design programme is internationally recognised as the leading centre for the postgraduate study of the history of design and material culture. As jointly offered by two world-leading centres for scholarship and creativity, the RCA and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), [+]

About the Programme

The V&A/RCA History of Design programme is internationally recognised as the leading centre for the postgraduate study of the history of design and material culture. As jointly offered by two world-leading centres for scholarship and creativity, the RCA and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), we teach and research cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through artefacts and our interactions with them. Projects and expertise range across global geographies, from the early fifteenth century to the present day.

For 2018/9, we are offering three pathways within the MA: design and material culture; performance and photography.

V&A/RCA History of Design is based on the principle that researching, analysing and communicating history through artefacts is a practice-based discipline and can play an important public role. We embrace the history that is public-facing, experimental and committed to scholarly excellence, as befits our location in the public museum and the art school. We bring a distinctly global outlook to historical questions, whether this means placing local histories in comparative context or tracing global networks through material culture.... [-]


MA in Design

Hunan University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2018 China Changsha Zhengzhou + 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. [-]

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.... [-]


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.... [-]