Master of Science Degrees 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 Bio Inspired Innovation

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This programme is aimed at Life Sciences students who want to innovate services, products and production systems and are interested in bio inspired design and science.Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. [+]

LEARNING FROM NATURE: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. Nature has evolved solutions for the societal challenges we face. BII is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in the (Life) Sciences who want to innovate services, products and production systems and are interested in using bio inspired design and science. You can become the biologist at the design table and facilitate innovations that take their lessons from nature. You will become a professional that contributes to the transition to a circular economy with Bio Inspired Innovations. INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DESIGN This Master’s programme builds on the excellent research at the Faculty of Science and links research findings to solve societal and business challenges. The first year is research based, while the second year focuses on the use of research knowledge in innovation. In the first year you will be part of an advanced research environment linking to your area of expertise (major research project). You learn to set up and execute research and discuss and report its outcomes. Moreover you will start to explore and learn about multi-disciplinary innovation, collaborative business modelling and design. You will attend seminars and workshops, some of which you will organise yourself, that allow you... [-]

Design & Engineering

Politecnico di Milano
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Italy Milan

The programme created by the cooperation in the educational project of the disciplinary areas of Design, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering, has the objective of specialist training in three fundamental areas: Design, Process and Industrial Production; Design Materials; Representation and Prototyping. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. The programme - created by the cooperation in the educational project of the disciplinary areas of Design, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering - has the objective of specialist training in three fundamental areas: Design, Process and Industrial Production; Design Materials; Representation and Prototyping. This programme has the objective of preparing a design figure who integrates the Design and “engineering” cultures, a professional able to provide a complete project dossier comprising product concept, via final and working design, and preparation of the documents necessary to go into production; who has particular skills in the choice of materials, in design methodologies in a virtual environment and in the impact of the technological aspects of production systems on the project. Subjects Among the available courses: - Product Development Design Studio - Mechanical Design - Materials Selection Criteria In Design & Engineering - Final Project Work - Design For Manufacturing - Reverse Modeling - Virtual Prototyping - Design Fundamentals - Semiotics - Cad - 3d - Materials Experience - Design History Career opportunities The Master of Science graduate in Design & Engineering is able to link design culture with the most advanced technological and manufacturing potential and thus is able to contribute to the growth and consolidation of the value of Italian and foreign companies. This study programme accepts applications to the 2nd semester only from candidates who have completed the following single courses during the 1st semester: Product Development Studio; I.C. Materials for Design Applicants with a background in... [-]

MS Fashion Design Management

Philadelphia University
Campus Part time 3 semesters August 2017 USA Southwest Center City

The groundbreaking international M.S. in Fashion Design Management program, developed in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, is uniquely focused on developing design and fashion leaders of tomorrow. By moving beyond the hand-crafted approach to fashion, you will have the opportunity to focus on design as a strategic function, integrated along the cycle of research and design, product development, branding and distribution. [+]

M.S. in Fashion Design Management About the Program The groundbreaking international M.S. in Fashion Design Management program, developed in partnership with Politecnico di Milano, is uniquely focused on developing design and fashion leaders of tomorrow. By moving beyond the hand-crafted approach to fashion, you will have the opportunity to focus on design as a strategic function, integrated along the cycle of research and design, product development, branding and distribution. The 18-month program will prepare you to enter managerial roles within the apparel industry. Immersive industry experiences on an international level will teach to work within a corporate brand structure, incorporating technology and social media metrics into globalization and the brand building process. International Collaboration For two of the three total semesters, you will work with students from Politecnico as a team in-residence, first in Philadelphia, then in Milan, a city entrenched in the European luxury market. This unique structure will grow your professional network, and teach you to merge commercial demand with creativity while developing global concepts. [-]

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. 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... [-]

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. [+]

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 3D Computer-Aided Design (Solidworks)... [-]

MSc Design Engineering with Product Development

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Glasgow + 1 more

The course enhances the professional and creative abilities of graduates from a variety of technical disciplines, from mechanical, civil and industrial engineering to science, architecture, computing and electronics. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. Why this course? This course includes two streams, MSc/PgDip/PgCert Design Engineering with Sustainability and MSc/PgDip/PgCert Design Engineering with Advanced Product Development. It aims to address the issues associated with a rapidly changing market and the demands for better, cheaper and personalised products developed within the shortest possible time. It will provide a thorough training in design theories and process models, design methods, design techniques, computer supported product modelling, analysis, evaluation and digital and physical rapid prototyping of a design solution. The course enhances the professional and creative abilities of graduates from a variety of technical disciplines, from mechanical, civil and industrial engineering to science, architecture, computing and electronics. The Sustainability stream provides an opportunity to specialise in issues such as remanufacturing, product life cycles, and environmental impact to ensure that product development is responsibly conducted and managed from cradle-to-cradle. The Advanced Product Development stream is designed for graduates in product design engineering (or equivalent) who wish to enhance their technical knowledge and practical design skills through the application of state-of-the-art manufacture to practical design settings. Accreditation Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements. Accreditation is being sought for this programme from the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) on behalf of the... [-]

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 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. [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. 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... [-]

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:... [-]


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

University of Tampere
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Tampere

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

MSc Degrees in Design. Apply in December 2017 - January 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed) 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... [-]

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. [+]

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. 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 in... [-]

Master of Science in the Design of Cities

SCI-Arc
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 USA Los Angeles

Students in the Master of Science in the Design of Cities one-year program investigate the full depth and drama of contemporary urban phenomena and commit to design innovation. [+]

Students in the Master of Science in the Design of Cities one-year program investigate the full depth and drama of contemporary urban phenomena and commit to design innovation. Most of the world’s population now lives in cities; we are witnessing an astonishing and unprecedented process of urbanization on a planetary scale. The sheer complexity of this massive movement has put into question the validity of traditional urban design concepts. It is increasingly urgent for architects to think about how cities should be designed. Against the conventional wisdom that cities are hopelessly complex, informal networks beyond the reach of any design model, this program fundamentally believes in the power of the architectural imagination to create sustainable urban designs for the twenty-first century and beyond. The program requires attendance in the fall, spring, and summer terms. [-]

MSc Brand and Design Management

Plymouth University
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 United Kingdom Plymouth

As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. With this programme you’ll explore the value of brand and design management in an era of increasingly saturated markets. As well as developing brand-related theoretical understanding and practical focus, you’ll have the opportunity to... [+]

MSc Degrees in Design. MSc Brand and Design Management As consumers become more sophisticated and the choice of products even greater, the need to differentiate through strategic brand and design management has become increasingly important. With this programme you’ll explore the value of brand and design management in an era of increasingly saturated markets. As well as developing brand-related theoretical understanding and practical focus, you’ll have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial, leadership, research and communications skills. Key features Receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced brand professional currently working with a locally, nationally or internationally recognised organisation. Take advantage of their expertise to develop your practical skills and understanding of the industry, and access the insider information to help you prepare to enter the workplace. Build the breadth of knowledge that allows you to succeed by developing a practical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of brand and design management, including: consumer psychology; managing creative people; trademark, copyright and branding law; entrepreneurship; leadership and product policy and portfolio management. Explore the wider context of brands in today’s society and how they are affected by and influenced by political and cultural trends. You will develop the “big picture” thinking help you stand out of the crowd. Benefit from access to a dedicated seminar series delivered by executives from organisations within the industry and branding, advertising and design agencies. Build the practical skills with a programme focused upon hands-on learning, delivered by staff that are active researchers within the subjects they teach. Supplement... [-]