Master of Arts in Design

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Program Description

For non-designers who want to cultivate design skills.

The MA is a one-year program that introduces you to fundamental principles, approaches, and tools that are essential to designing for interactions, including visual communication, prototyping, and human-centered practices. You will also learn about the culture and practice of design, but most importantly, you will learn to see and think design.

Whether you’re looking to take the first step in transitioning to design from another discipline or add a design complement to your existing professional profile, the MA degree has you covered.

The MA program enables you to study design fundamentals with some of the brightest thinkers and most talented practitioners in the field. You’ll learn timeless principles while gaining exposure to approaches, ideas, and methods at the forefront of design.

For some, this one-year program is a sufficient introduction to design that will inform and augment their skill set as they continue in a complementary career track. For others, this is the first step toward deeper studies that will ultimately lead to a rewarding career in design. You might go on to study in our MPS, MDes, or PhD program; continue a course of study in business, human-computer interaction, or entertainment technology; or return to work in your previous field with the advantage of design skills and perspectives.

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The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is among the oldest and most respected programs in North America. We have a rich history in the design of products and communications, and were one of the first ... Read More

The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is among the oldest and most respected programs in North America. We have a rich history in the design of products and communications, and were one of the first programs to offer a master’s degree in interaction design. Our programs enroll approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, inspired by a wide range of motivations and career ambitions. Read less