Master of Science Degrees in Design

Compare 64 MSc Programs in Design

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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 2017 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. 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.... [-]

Master in Service Management and Design (SMD)

The University of Warwick, Warwick Manufacturing Group WMG
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Coventry + 1 more

For leaders and managers in Service-Orientated Industries or service functions within business. [+]

Service is at the heart of a new business paradigm that assumes co-creation of value across a network of suppliers. Many businesses have been driven to reinvent themselves to meet global challenges as they change their business model for commercial advantage. This transition requires strong leadership that blends multidisciplinary expertise. This MSc course is suitable for you if you want to work as a leader or manager of service functions within industries. You will learn the systems and techniques used to manage service functions and creation of value in the business across suppliers within the industry and within industry processes. Learning Outcomes: Through a combination of both practice and academic rigour you will develop the skills and knowledge to be able to: Thoroughly understand customer needs, be able to manage business performance through the development of personal awareness/capabilities for managing services. Understand the importance of experience and value to all stakeholders and be able to create a stakeholder map and use it to inform service design or redesign. Develop awareness of excellence in service from a variety of sectors from across the globe. Understand the lifecycle of service systems and have a working knowledge of tools, techniques and trends for service design and management. Understanding the principles of selling services and the implications on structuring a service organisation. Gain the theoretical knowledge to understand and explain the emergent behaviour of systems and recognise the importance of data, process control and measures to drive the right behaviour. Appreciate costing techniques and... [-]

MSc in Design

Linköping University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 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. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. 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... [-]

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. [-]

Master of Science in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Game Design and Production

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

Game Design and Production is a multidisciplinary major that tightly integrates students from different backgrounds. Hands on with minds on – create and analyze games, experiment with new technologies and design approaches, and meet brilliant people with whom to build the future. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. Do you dream of being a game-changer in one of today's hottest industries? Game Design and Production is a multidisciplinary major that tightly integrates students from different backgrounds. Hands on with minds on – create and analyze games, experiment with new technologies and design approaches, and meet brilliant people with whom to build the future. At the School of Science, Game Design and Production is one of the eight majors offered in the Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS). Studies in the programme are based on both the latest scientific research and industrial state-of-the-art. Learning outcomes The Game Design and Production major is organized in collaboration with Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). Apply through the CCIS path if you want to graduate as a M.Sc. and throught ARTS if you want a M.A. degree. The M.Sc. degree has more technical courses on topics such as computer graphics and artificial intelligence. Multidisciplinarity is emphasized by the highly diverse backgrounds of students – one can apply with any Bachelor’s degree, and the students include programmers, 3d artists, animators, creative writers, architects, and even psychologists. The major is also flexible in terms of elective studies. You can include courses ranging from core computer science to animation and interactive storytelling. In addition to a deep understanding of games, graduates will have a portfolio of completed projects, which helps in getting into the games industry. Career opportunities The profiles of the graduates include e.g.... [-]

MSc Computer Animation

University of Kent, School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Our programme is oriented towards current industrial needs, technology and practice; it aims to be a direct route into this high-profile modern, creative industry, and has been developed jointly by the School and Framestore CFC, our industrial partner. [+]

Our programme is oriented towards current industrial needs, technology and practice; it aims to be a direct route into this high-profile modern, creative industry, and has been developed jointly by the School and Framestore CFC, our industrial partner. Each module is delivered by means of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. The School of Engineering and Digital Arts successfully combines modern engineering and technology with the exciting new field of digital media. The School was established over 40 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff form teams providing an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a notably friendly and supportive teaching and research environment. We have research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies – such as the Ministry of Defence, and many others. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide. [-]

MSc Advanced Product Design

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 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. 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 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... [-]

Aerospace Degrees

Cranfield University
Campus Full time Part time 10 - 60 months August 2017 United Kingdom Cranfield + 1 more

These courses are suitable if you have an interest in aerodynamic design, flow control, flow measurement, flight dynamics and flight control. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. Aerospace Degrees Pre-Masters Engineering Cranfield Campus This specialist course can be used as a stepping-stone to an exciting career in engineering and will prepare you if you do not meet the pre-requisite entry requirements for many of our MSc courses. It is an intensive, full-time course delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and design exercises, over 10 months. Duration: 10 months Who is it for? Those who wish to take their career in a new direction and advance their skills in engineering Professionals who have been out of education for some time and wish to get back into the study routine before commencing an MSc programme Graduates with an undergraduate degree in engineering, physics or mathematics that do not meet our standard entry requirements Holders of a UK Ordinary/Pass degree (or equivalent for overseas students) who have industrial experience and cannot be admitted directly Overseas students wishing to enhance their technical English language skills before entering a Cranfield MSc course. MSc in Aerospace Dynamics Cranfield Campus This course provides both fundamental and applied knowledge to understand airflows, vehicle dynamics and control and methods for computational modelling. It will provide you with practical experience in the measurement, analysis, modelling and simulation of airflows and aerial vehicles. You have the choice of two specialist options which you chose once you commence your studies: Flight Dynamics or Aerodynamics. Duration: One year full-time, two-three years part-time Who is it for? Suitable if you have an interest in... [-]

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 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. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. 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... [-]

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. [+]

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. You will be able to... [-]

MSc in Strategic Product Design

International Hellenic University (IHU)
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Greece Thessaloniki + 1 more

The programme provides graduates, from various disciplines, with a key set of skills, hands-on experience on advanced software along with state-of-the-art equipment and management of operations knowledge for real world projects which are crucial to achieve success in their chosen career. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. The International Hellenic University (IHU) MSc in Strategic Product Design programme offers to postgraduate students a thorough understanding of theory and practice in the areas of product design. The programme provides graduates, from various disciplines, with a key set of skills, hands-on experience on advanced software along with state-of-the-art equipment and management of operations knowledge for real world projects which are crucial to achieve success in their chosen career. Specialisation Streams: Product Management Product Creativity & Design Industrial Design & Innovation Aims and objectives Understanding of the current status and future trends in product design. Hands-on experience on advanced software and state-of-the-art equipment Collaborations and consultation with design and engineering companies Marketing and branding of new products Interdisciplinary approach to design thinking Management of operations knowledge for real world projects Innovation driven design and entrepreneurship An insight into production techniques and modern applications The Core Courses The core courses ensure acquisition of knowledge in practical concepts and attainment skills directly relevant to career aspirations: First Term The core corses ensure acquisition of knowledge in practical concepts and attainment skills directly relevant to career aspirations: Introduction to Strategic Product Design New Product Development Marketing & Branding Second Term Product Management Stream Design and Production Strategies for Extroversion Consumer Behaviour Service design Project Management Purchasing and Negotiations Product Creativity & Design Stream 3D Computer-Aided Design (Rhino) Design Thinking Consumer Behaviour Ergonomics / Human Factors Design Morphology & Aesthetics Graphic Design & Digital Fabrication Industrial Design & Innovation Stream... [-]

Master in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Do you want to disentangle and understand the complex interaction of development, education, and learning? Are you curious about how processes in educational contexts relate to the cognitive and social development of children, youth, and adults? The Master’s Programme in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction invites you to tackle these topics and more. [+]

We never learn alone. We always learn by interacting with someone or something. Explore the complexity of cognitive and social learning processes Do you want to disentangle and understand the complex interaction of development, education, and learning? Are you curious about how processes in educational contexts relate to the cognitive and social development of children, youth, and adults? The Master’s Programme in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction invites you to tackle these topics and more. Education can sometimes be dull and ineffective. We can change that through recognizing and developing the concept that we never learn alone. We always learn by interacting with someone or something, such as: people who are more knowledgeable than us (teachers or more advanced fellow students); people who are equally knowledgeable as us (peers or in teams); or artefacts (the environment around us, books, or computers). There are more and more opportunities to use multimedia in the classroom. But is it always effective? It is crucial that the source of learning connects with the way our memory operates. Only then children can find their way through the material. If you’re interested in learning about and carrying out high-quality research into these interactions, you can make a real difference in learning, teaching, and instruction. Research-focused This programme is offered by the Department of Child, Family, and Education Studies is a part of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It is based in the research priority area Education and Learning, which is embedded in local,... [-]

Master's Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction, M.Sc.

University of Tampere
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Tampere

Be one of the people who design the future of human-technology interaction. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. Apply between 1 December 2017 and 17 January 2018 Degree: Master of Science Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2018 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year Read more about Scholarships As technology plays an increasing role in our daily life, it is important to have professionals who have a deep understanding of how to develop the most user friendly and engaging methods to interact with a wide variety of technological devices. This master programme is offered in collaboration between the University of Tampere (UTA) and the Tampere University of Technology (TUT). Students can deepen their knowledge in course units that cover a wide range of topics from user experience and emotions to innovative use of facial behavior like gaze and expressions, touch, speech, and human physiology in user interfaces. The programme leads you to scientific thinking and writing as well as to hands-on work in various course projects. Although the programme is available in essentially the same format at both universities it is recommended that if you are mainly interested in interaction design, development of interactive software or research you apply to UTA and if you are mainly interested in user experience you apply to TUT. That way the majority of the course units will be organized by the home university. The master programme has a direct link to research carried out by TAUCHI, Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction. TAUCHI is a UTA research center focusing on human–technology interaction.... [-]