Master of Science Degrees in Design Studies

Compare 52 MSc Programs in Design Studies

Design Studies

Obtaining a postgraduate education is becoming increasingly critical for attaining solid careers as certain fields become more and more competitive. Entering into a Master of Science (MSc) program can give people an edge when job hunting. This advanced degree can be attained worldwide and usually focuses on the areas of science and technology.

What is an MSc in Design? There are several different concentrations when it comes to design. This type of degree can include anything from video game design, interior design, and product design to engineering and visual communication. In product design, students can focus on product development, which centers on ergonomics and aesthetics. Another focus option is operational design, which emphasizes marketing and management.

The design industry is exciting and rapidly expanding. An MSc in design can help people acquire careers in this exhilarating field. It can provide the tools necessary, like theoretical background and practical experience, to excel in their positions.

The cost of receiving this type of postgraduate education is substantially different based on what school and in what country people attend. Those seeking an MSc should look up specific institutions to get an accurate idea of the prices.

With such versatile course options, an MSc in design can lead to many different types of careers. Some people choose to become engineers that turn product ideas into reality using virtual reality to test for reliability and utility. Others decide to become Graphic designers and make logos for companies. Those who enjoy fashion can design items such as clothing and jewelry. There seems to be no limit when it comes to careers in the field of design.

 

If you are interested in pursuing an MSc in Design, now is the time to do so. Look through our database to find an online program that works well with your goals and will help you when it comes time to start a career. 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 Science in Product Development

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus or Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Rochester + 1 more

The Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) program is for scientists, engineers, and technical professionals who aspire to reach product development leadership positions throughout their organizations. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design Studies. Master of Science in Product Development Product innovation is essential to business survival and growth. The creation and introduction of new products and services has reached an unprecedented level of complexity, requiring the coordination of diverse teams of professionals from research and development, marketing, finance, manufacturing, procurement, sales, and service. Companies, especially technology-based organizations, need leaders with an enterprise-wide perspective and knowledge base in both engineering and management. This includes individuals who possess a broad blend of technical and business skills, understand markets and the value-chain, and have the integrated systems perspective needed to commercialize increasingly complex products and systems. The master of science degree in product development program provides the educational foundation that technical professionals need for high-impact roles in product and technology innovation.... [-]

MSc in Computer Science - Graphics and Vision Technologies

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 - 1 year Open Enrollment Ireland Dublin

This strand aims to produce graduates with the skills to contribute to the interactive entertainment technology industry of the future. It is built on research expertise in the school's GV2 lab with active input from their range of industry partners. Students learn by doing, building a portfolio of work comprised of projects, papers and a significant research dissertation which should contribute to successful future career opportunities. Graphics & Vision Technologies Strand Modules [+]

Along with the core modules in the first semester, you will choose at least two modules from a pool of three. The first of these is Computer Vision which will equip you with knowledge of a range of image processing, feature extraction and shape representation and transformation techniques. It will build on the machine learning course by targeting these techniques in the computer vision domain. Computer Graphics will deal with basic modelling and linear algebra techniques before delving into the computer graphics pipeline, openGL, projection and viewing techniques and illumination models. The third module in this set; Mathematics of Light & Sound will delve into the maths needed for the synthesis and analysis of audio and video signals. Finally, you can choose one subject (5 credits) from a pool of MSc modules allowing you to either complement your core interests in graphics and vision technologies or delve further into your core topic. In the 2nd semester, you will cover a 10 credit course in Advanced Software Engineering which explores the methods and techniques involved in large-scale software development encompassing Agile and eXtreme Programming (XP), Test-driven development and Re-factoring. In Real-time Rendering you will explore the graphics pipeline, GPUs as well as a variety of shading, illumination and rendering techniques. The Augmented Reality module equips students with a solid background in alternative 3-D compositing techniques. You will learn to develop interactive applications on both PC and mobile devices. The third core strand module explores Real-Time Animation techniques which in addition to... [-]

MS in Instructional Design and Technology

University of Houston - Clear Lake
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Houston

The graduate plan in Instructional Design and Technology (INST) leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree that prepares graduates to systematically design training and instruction. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design Studies. MS in Instructional Design and Technology The graduate plan in Instructional Design and Technology (INST) leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree that prepares graduates to systematically design training and instruction. Check prerequisites before enrolling in any courses. Requirements Professional Education Core (12 hours): Required EDUC 6032 Applied Statistics EDUC 6033 Research Design and Analysis INST 6031 Applications of Technology Choose one SILC 5035 Interpersonal Interactions in Diverse Settings SILC 6030 Foundations of Multicultural Education Instructional Technology Core (15 hours): INST 5130 Learning Theory and Instruction INST 5131 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology INST 5233 Performance Technology INST 5333 Systematic Design of Technology-Based Instruction INST 5433 Instructional Design, Project Management and Grant Writing Electives: Choose one elective course as advised. Master’s Degree Options (6 hours): Option 1: EDUC 6939 Master's Thesis Research Minimum of two semesters required for a maximum of six hours, with continuous registration until completion. Option 2: EDUC 6839 Master's Project Research Minimum of two semesters required for a maximum of six hours, with continuous registration until completion. Option 3: INST 6739 Instructional Technology Practicum INST elective course (Practicum requires a minimum of 6 INST courses and the recommendation of the faculty advisor.) All placement sites must have an approved UHCL Agreement of Affiliation on record with the Center for the Professional Development of Teachers office prior to beginning the practicum. Option 4: EDUC 6909 Master's Comprehensive Examination six hours from two INST electives courses The degree may... [-]

MSc in Interaction Design and Computing

University of Westminster - Faculty of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years United Kingdom London

This newly redesigned course enables graduates to be able to understand, design and develop digital solutions within the emergent digital economies. Graduates would be able to follow a flexible program of study and either plan a career in interaction design, mobile and digital solutions, data and analytics, or emergent systems or to explore the opportunities offered in London as a start-up capital. [+]

*Subject to approval This newly redesigned course enables graduates to be able to understand, design and develop digital solutions within the emergent digital economies. Graduates would be able to follow a flexible program of study and either plan a career in interaction design, mobile and digital solutions, data and analytics, or emergent systems or to explore the opportunities offered in London as a start-up capital. The digital sector continues to evolve and technologies, platforms, interaction paradigms and business models are increasingly requiring technical ability combined with commercial and design acumen that the course encourages. Boston Consulting Group estimated that by the end of 2016 the internet economy in the G-20 economies will be worth USD 4.2 trillion (up from USD 2.3 trillion in 2010) and that the internet contributes over 12 per cent of GDP in the United Kingdom. The mobile apps sector has revenues of more than €10 billion per annum or jobs in the order of 790.000 across the whole EU economy and continues to grow at a fast rate. Within the UK the digital sector has critical importance and reports suggest 14.4% of companies in the UK are involved in the Digital economy and some 1.46 million people are employed. More than one million jobs were advertised in 2014 showing a growth of 28% and there are suggestions that the growth forecast is around 5.4% The Business Growth Fund and Barclays published a report in March 2014 that supported the phenomenal growth experienced by tech businesses in... [-]

Master of Science in User Experience Design and IT Architecture

Jönköping University
Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Jönköping

This two years Master’s programme will provide knowledge on transforming enterprise objectives into a creative user experience and delivering a supportive IT architecture. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design Studies. This two years Master’s programme will provide knowledge on transforming enterprise objectives into a creative user experience and delivering a supportive IT architecture. User experience in ever changing environment Personal devices such as tablets, smartphones, and wearables are replacing desktop computers at the workplace and in the home. Work is often done on the go, in a mobile and ever changing environment – switching from one device to another and moving first from the office to the bus stop, and then home. Since the emergence of the iPhone, user experience design has become central to making our interactions with all kinds of digital devices functional, productive, and inspiring – thus raising expectations when we use business IT systems. IT architectures fuel cross-channel, mobile, and cloud-based solutions. Companies and individuals move their data to the cloud, they use software as a service (SaaS), and they engage both socially and commercially via the Internet. Meanwhile, in the workplace, manufacturers have introduced intelligent robotics to automate production. Rethinking of the way IT solutions are designed and architected The underlying information systems supporting this shift are changing too, introducing new constraints and goals. This requires a new mindset, a rethinking of the way IT solutions are designed and architected to transform enterprise objectives into a creative user experience and to deliver a supportive IT architecture. This masters will equip you with knowledge and skills to tackle these challenges. You will learn user experience design, IT architecture and enterprise architecture.... [-]

MSc in Imaging Art and Science

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time 1 year United Kingdom London

The MSc in Imaging Art and Science is part of a dual pathway MA/MSc programme in Imaging Art and Science. The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a unique programme in Imaging, designed to equip students with advanced skills in areas relating to image conception, formation, capture, analysis, evaluation and visualisation from the perspectives of art, science and technology. [+]

The MSc in Imaging Art and Science is part of a dual pathway MA/MSc programme in Imaging Art and Science The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a unique programme in Imaging, designed to equip students with advanced skills in areas relating to image conception, formation, capture, analysis, evaluation and visualisation from the perspectives of art, science and technology. The University of Westminster was the first institution in the UK to provide academic degrees in Photography, Imaging Science and Technology and has produced world leaders in the fields of Image Science, Imaging Technologies, Photographic Arts and Photographic Theory. The MA/MSc in Imaging Art and Science is a cross-disciplinary programme built on our experience and proficiency in these fields, run in collaboration by the Westminster School of Media Arts & Design and the Faculty of Science & Technology. It provides cutting edge education, supported by external links to creative and scientific industries. MA and MSc Pathways Students enroll for an MA or an MSc degree, but can potentially change pathway. The MA and MSc pathways share some common syllabus, whilst the majority of the content is distinctive to each degree, to allow for discipline specialisation to be developed within a multidisciplinary environment. Relevant areas include digital image representation and visualisation; digital imaging systems and their performance evaluation; cultural, theoretical, and historical aspects of the production and consumption of images; colour vision, measurement and management; image quality, content and aesthetics; programming for imaging. The course encourages understanding of interdisciplinary issues relating... [-]

Master of Science in Information Technology - Product Design

University of Southern Denmark
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Denmark Odense

IT Product Design is a part of a fruitful environment at the Mads Clausen Institute where research and teaching is closely connected. The Design research... [+]

Intelligent products of the future will change the work and play of people. To do this requires empathy and responsibility on the part of designers to envision these changes. It requires a critical and open-minded attitude. It requires competencies beyond traditional engineering and computer science to engage in a multidisciplinary team for the development of successful products and services which benefit the world.IT Product Design educates such designers.

 

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IT Product Design is a part of a fruitful environment at the Mads Clausen Institute where research and teaching is closely connected. The Design research group, lead by professor Jacob Buur, is housing SPIRE (Sønderborg Participatory Research Centre), a research group concerned with research within:... [-]


MSc in Industrial Design

Eindhoven University of Technology
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Eindhoven

The department of Industrial Design focuses on the design of intelligent systems, services and related products for societal transformation. Examples include: intelligent lighting systems, motivational technologies to support a healthy lifestyle, toys and gaming applications to support social interaction and physical activity, wearable technologies, systems and appliances to connect people, etc. [+]

The department of Industrial Design focuses on the design of intelligent systems, services and related products for societal transformation. Examples include: intelligent lighting systems, motivational technologies to support a healthy lifestyle, toys and gaming applications to support social interaction and physical activity, wearable technologies, systems and appliances to connect people, etc. Industrial design transcends traditional considerations of form and function. It encompasses interaction and system adaptation, while also focusing on user needs and creating engaging user experiences. You are equipped to go beyond simply designing artefacts or experiences. You are empowered to achieve true change by tackling challenges associated with specific societal and business contexts. The Master’s degree program in Industrial Design is fundamentally multidisciplinary and comprises three areas of study: engineering, social sciences and arts & crafts. You are expected to achieve an adequate level in all three areas. Also, you are expected to be academically and analytically competent, and have well-developed social and ethical skills. The department applies a unique teaching model. Through competency centered and self-directed learning you develop your very own vision and identity as designer. [-]

MSc Advanced Product Design

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Cardiff

This one-year taught course is primarily aimed at design graduates who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge of cutting edge product design practice. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design Studies. This one-year taught course is primarily aimed at design graduates who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge of cutting edge product design practice. It aims to produce successful individuals who can: - Understand the whole of the professional design development process and how the initial phases flow to inform the latter stages. - Appreciate commercial realities and the designer’s role in business. - Design desirable products for bespoke, batch or mass manufacture. - Understand sustainability, inclusively, and other important ethical and social issues that must be considered by today’s designers. - Have traditional design skills such as sketching, dealing with form, communication and innovation. - Are able to use design tools such as 3D CAD, CAM and rapid prototyping in order to optimise the design and reduce time to market. [-]

MSc in Design

Linköping University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Sweden Linköping

This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary setup. Studio courses form the backbone of the programme, providing the fundamentals of working with societal challenges. The challenges are defined on a yearly basis, ranging from Food Waste and Civility to Nomadic Welfare. [+]

The new master’s programme in Design offers a studio-based, interdisciplinary approach to design, with collaborations tackling societal challenges. This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary setup. Studio courses form the backbone of the programme, providing the fundamentals of working with societal challenges. The challenges are defined on a yearly basis, ranging from Food Waste and Civility to Nomadic Welfare. The programme features three design tracks, allowing you to develop your skills within an area of speciality. Current tracks are Sustainable Futures, Transformative Service and Visual Media. Please be advised that this programme has a multi-campus setup, with courses offered in Linköping and Norrköping as well as online. Programme description The new master’s programme in Design offers a studio-based, interdisciplinary approach to design, with collaborations tackling societal challenges. Established and innovative design concepts are incorporated in a unique interdisciplinary setup across campuses. Businesses, organisations and government agencies are facing ever more complex challenges that require innovative approaches. Increasingly, the field of design is expected to come up with answers and help achieve progress. The purpose of this programme is to train qualified and confident designers who can enter these complex contexts, take on a leading role and co-create solid, sustainable solutions. We are reaching out to students with different backgrounds – not necessarily with previous academic design qualifications, but with excellent design abilities and a desire to develop design beyond specific materials and disciplines. This programme incorporates established and innovative design concepts in a unique interdisciplinary... [-]

MSc Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design

Brunel University: College of Health and Life Sciences
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development) is an 18-month programme – 12 months for the study at Brunel followed by a six-month professional development phase. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design Studies. The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality become inescapable global realities. The next big challenge for society is to transform our economy to incorporate the principles of sustainability. This presents an exciting opportunity to rethink, redesign and rebuild a positive future for business practice. The MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development) is an 18-month programme – 12 months for the study at Brunel followed by a six-month professional development phase. There is an option to complete the MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design in 12 months (without the professional development phase) but students will be encouraged to engage with the professional development phase to achieve the maximum from the programme. Brunel University also offers the Graduate Entrepreneur post-study visa, which represents a perfect opportunity for our international graduates to apply their new skills in the UK following graduation. The course is jointly run between the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, the School of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and Brunel Business School. Aims This programme will equip entrepreneurial minded graduates with two essential ingredients: firstly, the mindset and ability to play a key role in building a sustainable world – one that is not only prosperous, but also environmentally stable and socially inclusive secondly, hands-on experience, such that they can become entrepreneurs, business leaders, change-makers and innovators. Upon graduating, students will be able to become key figures... [-]

MSc Creative Technology

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Design your own course to follow your creative passion. From music, animation, game play, sound design and many more - it's in your hands. [+]

Within the creative and media industries, small groups of people with strong individual talent often evolve into innovative companies. You will develop your own area of expertise and your ability to work creatively with like-minded professionals will be strengthened. Option modules and the flexible nature of this course will enable you to develop a broad overview of creative technology while also specialising in an area of your choice. You might choose to investigate emerging 3D computer animation techniques, work on post-production special visual effects or explore innovative photographic visual effects technologies. Depending on your choice of options, you could also gain a firm grasp of game play and game design, develop a practical understanding of the creative possibilities of the music production studio environment, study the use of innovative sound and audio effects technology or produce audio content and sound for interactive media and games. Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Computing or Creative Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional. IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses. Mature Applicants Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants... [-]

Masters of Science in Product Design

Sapienza University of Rome
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Rome

The Masters Programme in Product Design (LM-27577) is a studio-based programme for students who wish to hone their ability to innovate. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design Studies. The Masters Programme in Product Design (LM-27577) is a studio-based programme for students who wish to hone their ability to innovate. Candidates should be interested in the integration of design, technology, culture and business. The programme encourages creative thinking and critical reflection as fundamental design tools for the development of new objects and ideas to improve people’s lives. In particular, the Masters of Science in Product Design encourages and trains students to: Explore new cultural languages Experiment with new technology and materials Develop concepts for innovation Interact with different forms of knowledge Collaborate with international companies Live in a multi-cultural environment Meet creative people Students are encouraged to develop their ideas and concepts through a variety of different workshops, such as: Near Future Design Workshop Urban Furniture Design Workshop Liquids Workshop: Contain & Pour During the final semester, students are involved in an internship in the research and development departments of national and international companies, foreign universities and research centres. Didactic Program The Master is organized in 4 semesters (2 years): the first is dedicated to improve a more critical capability to explore contemporary design languages, the second is dedicated to experiments with innovative technologies and materials, the third one is focused to understand and develop sustainable production and consumption process, the last one is dedicated to the final thesis during which students are involved in an internship within the R&D of national and international Companies or within foreign Universities and Research Centers. The lessons... [-]

MSc Integrated Product Design

Brunel University: College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Uxbridge

The MSc in Integrated Product Design course focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry and society. It covers the whole design process, integrating all aspects relevant to product development, in particular global new product design. [+]

The MSc in Integrated Product Design course focuses on the design of innovative products, emphasising the balance between the interest of users, industry and society. It covers the whole design process, integrating all aspects relevant to product development, in particular global new product design. It meets industrial demand by integrating technology, management, aesthetics, environmental sustainability, ergonomics, marketing, business and design methods – to produce highly qualified and sought after designers able to cope with the challenges the global economy presents. Specifically, the course aims to: provide an integrated programme of study across a broad range of knowledge and skills in product/industrial design develop design and technology research skills related to the design process through practicing applied research develop advanced design skills, enabling graduates to practice as an independent design professional and to further develop design and professional skills in product/industrial design engineering nurture scientific rigour as well as creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful career in product/industrial design and assume leadership roles in national and international companies and institutions. Aims Students master all aspects of integrated product design advancing their design skills and knowledge by applying systematic state-of-the-art theories and methodologies, and by integrating user, technology and business aspects. This not only opens up dynamic career options, but equips students with a comprehensive skillset to take into the commercial world. The primary aim of this programme is to provide students with the practical knowledge and transferable skills required to be at the forefront of global product and services... [-]

MSc Design: Products and Technology

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

The MSc Design: Products and Technology course is designed to enable students to acquire advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills to enhance their potential to become leading professional product designers and technologists. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice which include manufacturing, computer science and technology, artificial intelligence for control, robotics, project management, inclusive design and emerging technologies such as advanced internet techniques. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design Studies. The MSc Design: Products and Technology course is designed to enable students to acquire advanced design, technological and manufacturing skills to enhance their potential to become leading professional product designers and technologists. The course encourages a broad and diverse range of approaches to design practice which include manufacturing, computer science and technology, artificial intelligence for control, robotics, project management, inclusive design and emerging technologies such as advanced internet techniques. The course provides opportunities to develop professional design and technology skills,and to acquire a critical understanding of the roles of advanced technologies in product development using modern tools and techniques within a manufacturing environment.In addition to providing a broader, analytical and integrated study of technologies and strategies, the course emphasises the importance of independent learning, collaborative team working, creative problem solving and self-organisation skills. You will: Work in state-of-the-art laboratories and prototyping workshops, computer suites and dedicated design studios, and develop a broad understanding of emerging technologies and technological developments. Design and negotiate a personal learning agreement, focused on your own design interests and expertise, strengths and weaknesses to maximise your development potential Benefit from internationally recognised research activities undertaken by our academic staff, supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations including the European Union, UK Government and UK Research Councils, the Royal Society, the Arts Council, and industry. Work and study in a strong student design community, focused on studio-based working and based around supportive, peer-to-peer learning which helps to set out work... [-]