Masters Program in Design Studies in Europe

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Design Studies

A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree. One must already have an undergraduate degree to apply for a master's program. Most master's degree program would require students to complete a master's thesis or research paper.

Skilled design professionals are needed in many organizations to tool custom solutions for common problems. Because the design field encompasses a broad variety of environments and applications, specialists are needed in small business, large corporations, education, non-profits, and government.

 

In all, there are over 4000 Higher Education Institutions in Europe offering a wide range of courses at Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate level. With more and more of these organizations offering English as the language of education for at least some of their degree programs, universities in Europe are now of higher quality than ever before. Universities in Europe offer a friendly welcome to foreign students and to give a course of knowledge that meets their profession needs in today’s global demand.

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Master in Color Design & Technology

POLI.design
Campus Full time 1 year April 2019 Italy Milan

The Specializing Master in Color Design and Technology, held in collaboration with Associazione Italiana Colore, aims to provide advanced training to professionals, so as to enable them to understand and manage the many technological and design issues, often across many disciplinary areas, typical of all those professional and research sectors in which the use and management of color are essential. [+]

The Specializing Master in Color Design and Technology, held in collaboration with Associazione Italiana Colore, aims to provide advanced training to professionals, so as to enable them to understand and manage the many technological and design issues, often across many disciplinary areas, typical of all those professional and research sectors in which the use and management of color are essential. Examples of such production areas include industrial product design, interior architecture, communication, fashion, entertainment and urban planning. Particular attention will be paid to analyzing and summarizing utilization, control, ideation, organization and planning through the use of color. Consequently, color is not treated as a simple attribute of objects or surfaces, but as a means of expression and design underlying perception and interaction with reality.... [-]


Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design

SUPSI
Campus Full time 2 semesters September 2019 Switzerland Lugano

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Interaction Design combines design thinking, prototyping techniques, digital fabrication, programming, and physical computing in one study program addressing the realization of projects in which the interaction between the design culture and the technological development allows to generate design-driven innovations. [+]

Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design

Designing Advanced Artifacts, Environments and Services

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Interaction Design combines design thinking, prototyping techniques, digital fabrication, programming, and physical computing in one study program addressing the realization of projects in which the interaction between the design culture and the technological development allows to generate design-driven innovations.

The program places Interaction design at the center of an original curriculum where it serves as the key element in the design of Advanced Artifacts, Environments, and Services. The goal of the MAS is to train skilled professionals who play a key role in the most innovative industrial and design fields.... [-]


Master in Photography and Visual Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
Campus Full time 1 year October 2019 Italy Milan Rome + 1 more

The Master in Photography and Visual Design program integrates theoretical study with laboratories and project workshops. Your coursework in visual theory and the history of photography will be enriched by guided visits to research centers, performance spaces, audiovisual production facilities, publishing houses, theatres, artists’ studios, museums, and contemporary art galleries. [+]

MASTER IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL DESIGN

Our ‘Learning by Doing’ approach combines traditional visual disciplines with new digital technologies and synthesizes individual study with group project work. We establish numerous collaborations and projects with Italian and international companies and institutions to give students hands-on work opportunities to develop their critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and practical artistic and design skills.

WHY NABA To study in Milan, recognized as the world’s capital of fashion, arts, and design. To collaborate with over 1,000 companies, working on real-world projects and complementing your studies with unique internship opportunities. To obtain a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural learning experience, with a focus on direct experimentation. To learn from an outstanding faculty of inspiring industry professionals and mentors. To attend cutting-edge programs held both in Italian and English, that will give you an internationally recognized degree. To study in an award-winning academy, selected by leading publications such as Frame Publishers, Domus Magazine, and Business of Fashion, as one of the world's top schools for art and design. ... [-]

MDes in Design Thinking

Cranfield University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years October 2019 United Kingdom Cranfield + 1 more

This course integrates world-class, design-driven innovation, management and research activities through a unique applied teaching approach. We aim to provide students with up-to-date skills to pursue careers in a range of sectors including design, innovation, technology, consultancy, materials, and the circular economy. At Cranfield, we work closely with leading industry employers. This ensures that our students are fully trained as professional design thinkers and innovators; equipped with a unique skill set that meets the needs of industry now and in the future. [+]

The strategic use of creativity is crucial for the success of any business seeking to deliver innovative products and services. The competency of design thinking offers important insights and proficiencies to support the invention of original physical artefacts and business processes. This course integrates world-class, design-driven innovation, management and research activities through a unique applied teaching approach. We aim to provide students with up-to-date skills to pursue careers in a range of sectors including design, innovation, technology, consultancy, materials, and the circular economy. At Cranfield, we work closely with leading industry employers. This ensures that our students are fully trained as professional design thinkers and innovators; equipped with a unique skill set that meets the needs of industry now and in the future.... [-]


Master in Food Design Project Experience

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Rome
Campus Full time 6 months March 2019 Italy Rome

The Master in Food Design Project Experience trains designers carrying critical skills to develop a constant inclination to innovation. Food Designers gain the necessary flexibility to deal with different fields - where they can apply their design ability - paying a special attention the users participation in defining needs and expectations. Professional opportunities – graduates can start a path in all the fields connected to production, communication and fruition of food. Thanks to the acquired critical competences they can face managerial and cultural field activities. [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE.

The Master in Food Design Project Experience trains designers carrying critical skills to develop a constant inclination to innovation. Food Designers gain the necessary flexibility to deal with different fields - where they can apply their design ability - paying a special attention the users participation in defining needs and expectations.

Professional opportunities – graduates can start a path in all the fields connected to production, communication and fruition of food. Thanks to the acquired critical competences they can face managerial and cultural field activities.

Target - the Master is addressed to BA graduates in architecture, design, visual communication, nutritional sciences and related fields.... [-]


Master in Global Design

Groupe ESC Troyes in Champagne
Campus Full time 2 - 2 years September 2019 France Troyes

Groupe ESC Troyes in Champagne was created in 1992, is therefore the youngest French Business School. It enjoys all national accreditations (full recognition by the National Ministry of Higher Education and Research, accredited by the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles” of France, etc.) and has just started application for international accreditation (EFMD + AACSB). It runs presently 4 major schools: - School of International Business & Management (undergraduate : 4 Year Bachelor’s Degree with Honors, 34 double degrees all over the world, benefits of a specific label from the French and the German Government ) - Graduate School of Management (2 Year Master’s Degree with majors in Marketing & Strategy, HRM, Finance, Innovation & Entrepreneurship). - School of Tourism, Leisure & Events Management (3 Year Bachelor’s Degree + MBA) - School of Design (3 Year Bachelor’s Degree + 2 Year Master’s Degree) The student population is now 1700 students (440 in 2004) + 380 international exchange students. Its (really living) international network (student and teacher/research exchange) is comprised of 196 partner universities. Groupe ESC Troyes School of Design trains students for design careers. Thanks to the many internships and pedagogical projects with companies we train our students for general design careers in creative and design careers. The training is based on simple, solid principles of creative openness and the mastery of technical tools connected with the business world. Teaching is based on the acquisition of essential basics and new materials in design in order to develop students’ creativity and its concrete application. [+]

Master in Global Design

The ancient abbey «Abbaye Saint-Martin-Es-Aires» dating from the XVI century, hosts the School of Design (Ecole Supérieure de Design). From this location full of history in the business world, students improve their learning skills dealing with companies in real cases. To allow students to experience their creative passion to the full, and to create some good prospects for the future, the pedagogical approach is based on listening to the expectations of professionals through the management of projects and the competitions. On top of that, students carry out an internship of six months minimum in order to gain a real approach to the business world that will make all the difference at the end of their studies.... [-]


Fashion Management Program, Design

Institut Francais de la Mode
Campus Full time 16 months September 2019 France Paris

The Postgraduate Program of Fashion Management, Design [+]

The Postgraduate Program of Fashion Management, Design

Your project

You hold a diploma Bac 4 or Bac 5.

Exemptions may be granted for holders of a 3-year diploma with 3 years of significant work experience (internships not included).

You come from a business school, an institute of political studies, a university (law, management, economics, literature, humanities and social sciences, communication ...), a school of engineers, a school of style, applied arts, design, architecture, visual arts ...

You wish:

acquire a high level of expertise in fashion, luxury, perfume and cosmetics, design and lifestyle management (and other industries with high creative added value)to benefit from a double expertise associating skills in management and culture of creationdevelop conceptual and operational qualitiesbetter understand the specificities of a sector that today influences all economic activitiesput all the assets on your side to build a solid professional project at the service of your passionDuration of the program... [-]

Master's in Creative Knitwear Design

Accademia Costume & Moda
Campus Full time 1 year November 2019 Italy Rome

The course will be taught both in Italian and English and classes will be held at MISS DEANNA’s historic headquarters in the town of SAN MARTINO IN RIO (Reggio Emilia). The tailor made course comprises of on-site lessons with the main tutors, while the visiting and special projects tutors will be on hand to help to support students with their personal projects and to guide their progress towards personal and professional growth. [+]

In Collaboration with CKM

Outline Be creative within an industry framework. Research, tradition and innovation are the key points of this educational course. Each student will have the opportunity to learn about and work with the latest industrial tools, experiencing first-hand the challenges of a professional knitwear designer. Course Structure

The course will be taught both in Italian and English and classes will be held at Accademia Costume & Moda as well as at MISS DEANNA’s historic headquarters in the town of SAN MARTINO IN RIO (Reggio Emilia).

The tailor made course comprises of on-site lessons with the main tutors, while the visiting and special projects tutors will be on hand to help to support students with their personal projects and to guide their progress towards personal and professional growth. The course places great emphasis on collaborations with prestigious partner companies, these are a crucial element of the course. Therefore, students will be required to take part in external visits to these facilities in order to become familiar with and learn about the most technologically advanced knitwear manufacturing processes.... [-]


Master in Graphic Design - Focus on New Media

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Florence
Campus Full time 10 months February 2019 Italy Florence

9th edition - The Master course in Graphic Design offers a high level of professional preparation which is based on the design method, the mastery of technical and technological skills and the continuous updating about the latest market demands. Besides a strong cultural background on the roots and evolutions of design and visual communication, our students receive a constant training on the most used and advanced software thanks to the development of many projects. They work side by side with Italian and international companies involved in different fields in order to gain as much experience as possible on the graphic design's contemporary scenario. A Graphic Designer graduated from this Master course is particularly involved in social issues and communication ethics, manages the creative process at its best and is ready to satify the needs of the brands he/she works for with a personal expressive touch. [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

9th edition - The Master course in Graphic Design offers a high level of professional preparation which is based on the design method, the mastery of technical and technological skills and the continuous updating about the latest market demands.

Besides a strong cultural background on the roots and evolutions of design and visual communication, our students receive a constant training on the most used and advanced software thanks to the development of many projects. They work side by side with Italian and international companies involved in different fields in order to gain as much experience as possible on the graphic design's contemporary scenario.... [-]


Master in Business Design

Domus Academy
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 Italy Milan

The Master in Business Design program creates new connections between the worlds of business and design. You’ll work on projects relating to the business of design—and the design of business. [+]

Master in Business Design - Design as strategy

‘Learning by Designing’ is how Domus Academy will boost your career. Not only it is a place where the designers of tomorrow can produce wonders and surprises, it is also a place where students can discover new realities and invent professional trajectories aligned with tomorrow’s market demands.

WHY Domus Academy Experience Milano, World Capital of Fashion and Design. Design your Master in a highly ranked Academy offering a globally recognized degree. Improve your knowledge and know-how thanks to real projects. Build your own Multicultural and Global Network. Boost your career with our unique Professional Experience.

Career Opportunities ... [-]

Master in Visual Design

RM Milan - International Fashion and Design School
Campus Full time 10 months November 2019 Italy Milan

Why? If the world’s geography is made up of intercommunicating vessels, which tools do we need to be sure that our messages do not fall by the wayside? Visual design is the discipline practiced by those who develop major flows of information and content. Each sign is followed by a reaction. Each step forward is followed by a trade or an exchange. What’s important is that they are always constructive, fair and interesting. [+]

Ten amazing months. Ten top-level agencies in the lecture theatre, one every month. Ten unique chances for learning by doing, elbow-to-elbow with the best. The Raffles Milano Masters: someone has come up with them at last. Why?

If the world’s geography is made up of intercommunicating vessels, which tools do we need to be sure that our messages do not fall by the wayside? Visual design is the discipline practiced by those who develop major flows of information and content. Each sign is followed by a reaction. Each step forward is followed by a trade or an exchange. What’s important is that they are always constructive, fair and interesting.

Professional opportunities

Visual designers find employment in areas where firms have to relate to the public, such as in editorial offices, production companies, and start-ups. And also, of course, in the design and communication industry, as freelancers or in the galaxy of local and international graphic design, branding, advertising, digital and service design offices and agencies. From an ATM user interface to television title credits, from biscuit packages to speeding fines, from the newspapers we read to the events we attend to the socks we wear, the whole world is a huge mine of opportunities for design.... [-]


Master in Interior Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan
Campus Full time 1 year January 2019 Italy Milan

15th edition - The Master course in Interior Design pursues an innovative human-centred approach: it’s not just about designing a space, but also what it offers to users. Interior Designers must be able to manage both technical strategic sides of a project, starting from an accurate analysis, and to provide the best solutions in terms of space enhancement and service design. They are asked to create spaces that convey strong feelings, combined with the right selection of furniture, lights, materials and colours. This original and wide approach encourages several companies to ask IED Master students to work on specific projects with the aim of designing an effective and meaningful user experience. This international Master programme is conceived, tailored and performed completely in Milan, where the Made in Italy meshes Italian design system and where the most interesting and trendsetting events take place. [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

The Master course in Interior Design pursues an innovative human-centred approach: it’s not just about designing a space, but also what it offers to users. Interior Designers must be able to manage both technical strategic sides of a project, starting from an accurate analysis, and to provide the best solutions in terms of space enhancement and service design. They are asked to create spaces that convey strong feelings, combined with the right selection of furniture, lights, materials and colours. This original and wide approach encourages several companies to ask IED Master students to work on specific projects with the aim of designing an effective and meaningful user experience.... [-]


Master in Design Thinking

Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 3 - 4 semesters March 2019 Germany Munich

Design thinking employs a variety of different methods and approaches: from creative industries to finding solutions to existing problems and challenges while keeping business purposes in mind. Students gain expertise in design thinking through specialized courses and projects and also through the topics they choose for their Master’s thesis. [+]

Do you want to learn how to design human-centered products and services?

By tackling the unknown for business our students acquire the skills to learn from people, find patterns, use design principles, and turn ideas into tangible objects and devices. They learn to work in teams, to be user-focused and optimistic. Students are not only trained to work in a purely creative environment. The skills they learn enable them to think outside the box and solve problems for diverse groups and industries.

Design thinking employs a variety of different methods and approaches: from creative industries to finding solutions to existing problems and challenges while keeping business purposes in mind.... [-]


International Master of Design

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 Switzerland Basel

The MDes UIC/HGK addresses students who want to be part of an international program influenced by the tradition of Swiss Graphic Design and the current academic perspective and standards of the Visual Communication Institute, The Basel School of Design HGK FHNW. Of special interest for students is the opportunity to graduate with an internationally accredited Master of Design (MDes) from UIC and the Swiss equivalent, MAS in Graphic Design I– Iconicism and Graphic Design II– Mediality from the HGK. [+]

The Visual Communication Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general.

The City of Basel, located in the tri-national Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany.

While our Bachelor course focuses on the students’ ability to conduct a creative process, our Master programs strive to extend the students’ individual design vocabulary and to reach a higher level of reflection through the students’ ability to include knowledge and methodologies of scientific disciplines into the creative process. We offer a Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and an International Master of Design, which we conduct in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago.... [-]


Master Interaction Design

Harbour Space
Campus Full time 1 year Open Enrollment Spain Barcelona

The Harbour Space Interaction Design Programme provides a unique environment for students to become expert practitioners, and to engage with students from their own and other disciplines. [+]

This program is taught in ENGLISH. Interaction Design program provides a unique environment for students to engage with expert practitioners, and with students from their own and other disciplines.

It blends technical know-how, interdisciplinary research and a creative artistic-scientific approach to enable the development of creative interfaces that generate progressive and innovative applications for media design, media research, media art, and communication.

The program also aims to inspire debate about the human consequences of different technological futures and explore the strategic role of interaction design in shaping everyday life while highlighting the increased relevancy of design to business and society.... [-]