Masters in Design Studies in North America

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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.

The design field is incredibly broad in its scope, offering a wide variety of career opportunities. Professionals working in this discipline employ creative and problem solving skills to answer consumer, business and institutional needs in both the public and private sectors.

Spanning 23 countries, North America is continent filled with educational opportunity. Students have the opportunity to learn multiple languages and develop an understanding of vastly different cultures.

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Master of Product Design and Development Management

Northwestern University Segal Design Institute
Campus Full time Part time 9 - 24 months September 2018 USA Evanston + 1 more

The Master of Product Design & Development Management (mpd²) program is designed for professionals who want to master the concepts and tools of product design and development. You will learn about creativity, innovation, lean design, design strategy, product innovation, end-user research, marketing, and project and product management, as well as business and financial issues. The highly-focused curriculum, taught by senior faculty from academic and business, is designed to assure our graduates a pathway to senior management. You'll quickly understand why Business Week has endorsed this program as one of the top programs of its kind in the world. [+]

The Master of Product Design & Development Management (mpd²) program is designed for professionals who want to master the concepts and tools of product design and development. You will learn about creativity, innovation, lean design, design strategy, product innovation, end-user research, marketing, and project and product management, as well as business and financial issues. The highly-focused curriculum, taught by senior faculty from academic and business, is designed to assure our graduates a pathway to senior management. You'll quickly understand why Business Week has endorsed this program as one of the top programs of its kind in the world.

Innovative Curriculum

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Visual Studies

The College At Brockport State University Of New York
Campus September 2018 USA Rochester

A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is offered through a joint program with The College at Brockport and the Visual Studies Workshop, providing a unique opportunity for graduate studies. [+]

A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is offered through a joint program with The College at Brockport and the Visual Studies Workshop, providing a unique opportunity for graduate studies. All of the courses for the MFA program are held at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. This interdisciplinary program reflects the diverse and hybrid nature of the field of Visual Studies with roots in art practice, history, and theory, film and museum studies, philosophy and psychoanalysis. The Visual Studies program emphasizes studio work in photography, digital imaging, film, video, multi-media, installation, and visual books and critical studies in the history and theory of these media.

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Expertise in digital animation

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Campus Full time 1 year July 2019 Mexico Guadalajara

Prepare professionals in digital animation, capable of giving based and innovative problems graphic communication through planning solution, production and marketing of products and services competitive animation at national and international level with high ethical and humanist sense. [+]

Studying the Masters in Digital Animation UAG

Program Objective

Prepare professionals in digital animation, capable of giving based and innovative problems graphic communication through planning solution, production and marketing of products and services competitive animation at national and international level with high ethical and humanist sense.

Competitive advantages

It is the first graduate program in animation, in addition to developing the skills of generating three-dimensional models digitally, includes the dimensions of planning and marketing. It is an inclusive program, considering your profile entrance to Graphic Design related professions, such as Architecture, Industrial Design, Engineering, Interior Design and Communication, among others. This strategy aims to make animation, an integrated tool profile. Our teachers with academic degrees of Master and PhD, as well as being trained in teaching animation, practice their profession, so that guide students in their training and integration with the professional environment. The design of the curriculum can choose to study the level of specialty or completing studies until the Masters, achieving obtain title and professional certificate in both cases. The link with the CIPAE (Intelligence Center to Support Entrepreneurs) of the UAG, adviser in the incubation and development of animation companies according to the professional profile. ... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Washington

The only program in nation’s capital that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the MFA in Interior Architecture gives students access to urban resources, the top architecture and interior design firms in DC, and a studio-oriented curriculum that creates innovative, design thinkers. [+]

The only program in nation’s capital that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the MFA in Interior Architecture gives students access to urban resources, the top architecture and interior design firms in DC, and a studio-oriented curriculum that creates innovative, design thinkers. Through the studio-based core curriculum of 60 required credits, students learn about habitable environments ranging from small interiors to larger, more complex commercial and institutional spaces. With projects focused on current design issues as well as lectures and critiques from distinguished professionals, the IAD program is a carefully sequenced series of courses building on theoretical, technical, and creative challenges and experiences. Prerequisite: A bachelor’s degree in a field other than interior design, including a minimum of 30 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences courses. A portfolio consisting of examples of relevant work is to be submitted with the application to the program.... [-]


Industrial Design (MFA)

The New School
Campus 2 years September 2018 USA New York

Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design program offers an innovative two-year, 60-credit full-time graduate curriculum that prepares students to negotiate the seemingly contradictory forces at play in the growing product design industry. Students explore the way goods can be produced in both localized contexts (a “making in place” approach, which relies on regionalized needs and constraints) and globalized contexts (employing design principles focusing on universal needs). Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments includes graduate students in Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design, creating a unique learning community. [+]

About

Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design program offers an innovative two-year, 60-credit full-time graduate curriculum that prepares students to negotiate the seemingly contradictory forces at play in the growing product design industry. Students explore the way goods can be produced in both localized contexts (a “making in place” approach, which relies on regionalized needs and constraints) and globalized contexts (employing design principles focusing on universal needs). Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments includes graduate students in Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design, creating a unique learning community.

Curriculum

The MFA Industrial Design curriculum balances competing for interests such as economical production and sustainability, consumerism, social and environmental improvement, and global and local production, investigating ways to integrate and reconcile these forces as a whole. In their second semester, MFA students explore limited-run making in New York City, and in the third semester, they can investigate large-scale global production through virtual collaborations or study abroad at sites including Parsons Paris. A specialized thesis project offers opportunities to develop designs that advance — or challenge — industrial design theory and practice.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Design

Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts
Campus 2 years September 2018 USA Syracuse

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in design is a two-year graduate program that engages students in collaborative practice within a dynamic, multidisciplinary studio environment. This professional graduate program breaks down boundaries and brings together students, faculty, communities, and businesses to work collaboratively on the world's significant problems for the greater good. [+]

Overview

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in design is a two-year graduate program that engages students in collaborative practice within a dynamic, multidisciplinary studio environment. This professional graduate program breaks down boundaries and brings together students, faculty, communities, and businesses to work collaboratively on the world's significant problems for the greater good.

Graduate students in design interact with the School of Design's inquisitive and intelligent community. Students and faculty throughout the school address first hand the issues of the world around them, with focus on sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice forming the core of the programs.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Art Video

Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Syracuse

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art video compresses inclusive media art design with art-making practice. This graduate program encourages exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of the subject, genre, and media technologies from personal points of view. [+]

Overview

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art video compresses inclusive media art design with art-making practice. This graduate program encourages exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of the subject, genre, and media technologies from personal points of view.

Students work closely with faculty in developing structure and strategies for making art in video and related media, including mediated performance art, expanded narrative, radical documentary, multichannel and site-specific installation, and moving picture and sonically rich art for digital network intervention and life.

The program is supported by digital video and audio facilities. Production is executed with DSLRs and high-end digital camcorders and necessary peripherals (tripods, mics, lights, etc.). Dedicated lighting and green screen studios are available for production. Post-production is done on state-of-the-art, digital non-linear systems, including a discrete multi-track digital audio studio. HD projectors and flat screens are provided for installations and exhibitions. Analog, linear systems are available for archival research and conservation. We have a comprehensive, international collection of video art available for research and teaching.... [-]


Master in Sculpting Extreme

Universal Arts School
Online Campus Full time September 2018 USA Los Angeles Spain Valencia + 2 more

Digital sculpting extreme. Learn to work in "Sculpting" mode to create the most complex and detailed 3D models in the market. You can use this powerful program alone or combine it with other 3D packages, implementing the power of creation exponentially. [+]

Digital sculpting extreme.

Learn to work in "Sculpting" mode to create the most complex and detailed 3D models in the market. You can use this powerful program alone or combine it with other 3D packages, implementing the power of creation exponentially.

Who is it for?

It is aimed at both professionals in the field and people who want to build a professional career in the field of Digital Sculpting and CGI Production. With this training, one gets to work professionally with Zbrush as an Artist (Cinema, Video Games, Shorts, Advertising, etc). There are no prerequisites, you start at level 0 and it is intended for all audiences.

Software

ZBRUSH - SUBSTANCE PAINTER - MARVELOUS DESIGNER - MARMOSET - XNORMAL - TOPOGUN - PHOTOSHOP - MAYA o 3DSMAX.... [-]


Master of Design

Media Design School
Campus Full time 30 weeks February 2019 New Zealand Auckland USA San Diego Italy Milan Thailand Bangkok Australia Adelaide + 8 more

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry. [+]

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry.

Working in a simulated industry environment, our postgraduate students will be challenged to research relevant ideas, problem-solve, and create design solutions in response to a variety of real-world briefs. These briefs require our students to work collaboratively with others in order to create a broad range of digital and creative products, services and approaches across a multitude of media platforms.

This project-based interdisciplinary approach means that graduates will complete the programme with an impressive portfolio filled with practical and relevant work experience to show to their current or prospective employers.... [-]


Master of Design (MDes)

NSCAD University - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2018 Canada Halifax Regional Municipality Hamilton

The Master of Design is a one-year program. Over the course of three semesters, beginning in May of every year, students take 42 credits of prescribed Studio and Liberal Arts and Sciences courses and complete a graduate thesis/degree project. [+]

Master of Design

The Master of Design is a one-year program. Over the course of three semesters, beginning in May of every year, students take 42 credits of prescribed Studio and Liberal Arts and Sciences courses and complete a graduate thesis/degree project. The emphasis of the Program is on practice-led research. Hence every student’s degree project will be one that focuses on new knowledge gained through reflective practice. Students will present their research through their design work, accompanied by an extended written paper; by a public presentation, and in appropriate circumstances in a group exhibition.

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Animation and Interactivity with Action Script

ICONOS (Research Institute for Communication and Culture)
Campus Part time July 2019 Mexico Buenavista

ICONOS (Research Institute for Communication and Culture), develops a specialty in Animation and Interactivity with Action Script, with the aim of preparing specialists in this field of work in booming emerging. [+]

Program Overview

Contemporary society is characterized by the development of digital technologies, which offer currently building tools easy to use since they are highly intuitive.

This has allowed the development of digital products attractive, but not always with sufficient knowledge about what is being generated. It is desirable that an experienced professional in the digital field, which dominates the fundamentals of design and new media programming, including interactive resolved by 2D animation and object-oriented programming.

For this reason, ICONOS (Research Institute for Communication and Culture), develops a specialty in Animation and Interactivity with Action Script, with the aim of preparing specialists in this field of work in booming emerging.... [-]


Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts

DigiPen Institute of Technology
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2018 USA Redmond + 1 more

Geared toward professional artists and candidates with a bachelor's degree in art or a related field, this program blends fine arts principles, including a strong emphasis on figure drawing, sculpture, etc. [+]

Geared toward professional artists and candidates with a bachelor's degree in art or a related field, this program blends fine arts principles, including a strong emphasis on figure drawing, sculpture, and art history, with a practical approach to studio art production that helps students develop both their personal skill and artistic voice.

Full-Time and Part-Time Options

Students have the option of enrolling in this program full-time for two years or enrolling part-time and spreading their course load over four years.

Admissions Information

Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts program should have experience in the following areas: drawing, figure drawing, art history, composition, 3D modeling, animation, sculpture, color theory, and digital painting. Candidates must also provide an art portfolio of 15 to 20 samples of artwork to be considered for admission.... [-]


Master sds overall design professional

ESMAC : École Supérieure des Métiers des Arts appliqués et de la Culture
Online Part time 2 years Open Enrollment France France Online Belgium Belgium Online Switzerland Switzerland Online Luxembourg Luxembourg Online Canada Canada Online Lebanon Lebanon Online French Polynesia French Polynesia Online French Guiana French Guiana Online Martinique (Fr.) Martinique Online Guadeloupe (Fr.) Guadeloupe Online Morocco Morocco Online Tunisia Tunisia Online Algeria Algeria Online Mauritius Mauritius Online Reunion (Fr.) Reunion Online Congo, DR Congo DRC (Zaire) Online Congo Congo ROC (Brazzaville) Online Niger Niger Online Senegal Senegal Online Côte d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire Online + 38 more

The MASTER PROFESSIONAL SDS® GLOBAL DESIGN is a European diploma from the INSHED. The training allows to be professionally operational by the beginning of your career and enjoy good employability, beyond even your country. [+]

TRAINING Follow its distance learning Understand the different stages of the development of a cultural project Know drive multiple projects simultaneously. Develop a personal project. Sit a level of operational business English. Master all the multidisciplinary skills in all types of design: graphic, architecture and object. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The MASTER PROFESSIONAL SDS® GLOBAL DESIGN is a European diploma from the INSHED. The training allows to be professionally operational by the beginning of your career and enjoy good employability, beyond even your country.

ADMISSION

To start your training project, nothing more simple, you simply download the detailed training that interests you. From that moment :... [-]


Professional master sds design management

ESMAC : École Supérieure des Métiers des Arts appliqués et de la Culture
Online Part time 2 years Open Enrollment France France Online Belgium Belgium Online Switzerland Switzerland Online Luxembourg Luxembourg Online Canada Canada Online Lebanon Lebanon Online French Polynesia French Polynesia Online French Guiana French Guiana Online Guadeloupe (Fr.) Guadeloupe Online Martinique (Fr.) Martinique Online Morocco Morocco Online Tunisia Tunisia Online Algeria Algeria Online Mauritius Mauritius Online Reunion (Fr.) Reunion Online Congo, DR Congo DRC (Zaire) Online Congo Congo ROC (Brazzaville) Online Niger Niger Online Senegal Senegal Online Côte d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire Online + 38 more

The MASTER MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL DESIGN SDS® is a European diploma from the INSHED. The training allows to be professionally operational by the beginning of your career and enjoy good employability, beyond even your country. [+]

TRAINING Follow an online training. Develop a personal project. Namely designing all stages of the organization of a design project. Taking the measure of economic realities and challenges of the managerial function. Able to position itself as a manager of a project team. Get a good level of professional English. Choosing a specialization among the proposed 3: Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The MASTER MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL DESIGN SDS® is a European diploma from the INSHED. The training allows to be professionally operational by the beginning of your career and enjoy good employability, beyond even your country.

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Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Interior Environments

New York School of Interior Design
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments (MPS-S) is a post-professional program structured to prepare design professionals to assume leadership roles in developing and maintaining sustainable interior spaces that will positively impact the world. [+]

The MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments (MPS-S) is a post-professional program structured to prepare design professionals to assume leadership roles in developing and maintaining sustainable interior spaces that will positively impact the world.

Intended for those working in the design or architecture professions, the program provides students with a thorough grounding in the best practices in environmentally informed designs for the interior. Upon completion of the MPS-S program, students are in a position to sit for LEED AP Accreditation — a highly sought-after credential.

Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, research methods, integrated design development methodologies, and sustainable project management practices. Coursework addresses the history and theory of sustainability, principles of sustainable materials, natural and artificial lighting and control systems, and integrated environmental systems design. It also covers indoor air quality as well as green textiles, furnishings, and decorative elements. The program includes two studio courses designed to integrate acquired knowledge and research while exploring both residential and nonresidential environments.... [-]