Masters Programs in Design

Compare 20 Masters Programs in Design

A master’s degree is a unit of study open to students at the graduate level. Completing a program gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in specialized areas of study, and typically takes one to two years.

What is a Master in Design Studies? These programs are meant to build on the theoretical understanding of design methods and practical application of creative skills in a variety of industries. Students may choose course topics exploring different areas of design, including interior, technical, product, landscape, fashion, interaction and visual. Students are encouraged to create a strong portfolio and gain a background emphasizing design in a cultural context, leadership and communication skills for interactive projects, mastery of digital tools and software, and creative boldness for new innovations.

Students pursuing this program may be able to acquire many useful skills. Practice in critical thinking and problem-solving, the ability to adapt to the needs of different clients and environments and understanding how to collaborate effectively with other professionals are valuable qualities that can help individuals build successful careers upon graduation.

The cost for taking a program may vary by institution, depending on location and course requirements. Students interested in applying are encouraged to contact specific schools with questions and inquiries about costs.

Earning a Master in Design Studies equips students with proficiencies highly sought after by many different industries. Possible careers for graduates to explore include industrial designers, graphic designers, landscape architects, interior decorators, fashion designers, design engineers, product designers, art directors, product managers, art production designers, materials engineers, purchasing managers and many more. Opportunities in fine art industries include jobs as illustrators, creative directors and animators.

Flexible paths for completing a program include part-time, online and international course options. 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's Degree In Visual Design

Raffles Milano | Istituto Moda e Design
Campus Full time 10 months September 2017 Italy Milan

Ten extraordinary months. Ten great classroom lessons a month, with their key figures. Ten unique opportunities to learn directly from the protagonists. Master of Raffles Milan. Finally somebody thought of us. If the world is a geography of communicating vessels, what tools do we need to be sure that messages are not lost on the road? Visual design is the discipline of designing large streams of information and content. Every sign follows a reaction. At each step, it follows an exchange. The important thing is that they are constructive, correct and interesting. [+]

Masters in Design. Ten extraordinary months. Ten great classroom lessons a month, with their key figures. Ten unique opportunities to learn directly from the protagonists. Master of Raffles Milan. Finally somebody thought of us. Because? If the world is a geography of communicating vessels, what tools do we need to be sure that messages are not lost on the road? Visual design is the discipline of designing large streams of information and content. Every sign follows a reaction. At each step, it follows an exchange. The important thing is that they are constructive, correct and interesting. Professional Opportunities Visual designers find employment in those areas where businesses relate to a public, such as news agencies, product companies, startups. And of course in the design and communications industry, freelance, or in the galaxy of local and international graphic and branding, advertising, digital and service design agencies and agencies. From the interface of a cash machine to TV subscriptions, from biscuit packs to excessive speed fines, from the newspapers we read to the events we participate in, to the stockings we wear, the world is a great project opportunity mine. Who is The course is aimed at designers who have first degree degrees and / or professional experience in graphics, image, communication, product and editorial topics, and in general to all those who think That communication is a good professional choice and a strong individual growth tool. This is a Master for those who think the details make the difference and are... [-]

International Master of Design

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 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 PhD 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 trinational 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. Both Master programs are based on the following assessment: In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory, generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized, iconic communication. International Master of Design UIC/HGK 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... [-]

Master in Design

Georgian Technical University
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Georgia Tbilisi

This programme is intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of design professionals, and those of other disciplines, to enter or continue within diverse careers in the design disciplines, and other allied professional disciplines. The programme extends the students' critical understanding of the historical and contemporary social, cultural, economic and political contexts of design, while providing advanced, state-of-the-art specialized training and experience —in design practice, processes and methods —necessary to undertake complex, multi-faceted design projects, and produce professional design outcomes and results to an international standard. [+]

Masters in Design. This programme is intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of design professionals, and those of other disciplines, to enter or continue within diverse careers in the design disciplines, and other allied professional disciplines. The programme extends the students' critical understanding of the historical and contemporary social, cultural, economic and political contexts of design, while providing advanced, state-of-the-art specialized training and experience —in design practice, processes and methods —necessary to undertake complex, multi-faceted design projects, and produce professional design outcomes and results to an international standard. Graduates of the programme will be imbued with the requisite knowledge and skills to continue their careers as successful practicing designers who are able to make a positive contribution to the community of designers, design stakeholders, and society at large. Graduates will also gain a rigorous scholarly grounding and experience appropriate for life-long learning and further doctoral education. Programme Prerequisites Applicant is admitted in compliance with the Georgian Legislation. Learning Outcome/Competencies Knowledge and understanding Advanced knowledge and understanding based on re-analysis and re-evaluation of new interpretations on the interactions between design and society. Advanced knowledge and understanding based on re-analysis and re-evaluation of the state-of-the-art of disciplines closely associated to design, including: ergonomics; sustainable design; management and design management. Applying knowledge Able to independently plan and apply advanced creativity techniques, design methods, and innovation processes of the specialized fields of design, to a wide range of design problems, under varying conditions, using advanced state-of-the-art techniques, software and processes. Able to independently... [-]

Master in Design Thinking

Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 3 - 4 semesters March 2018 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. Design thinking is directly related to management and marketing. Students gain expertise in design thinking through specialized courses and projects and also through the topics they choose for their Master’s thesis. Potential careers with this M.A. Product Developer Service Developer Product Manager Service Manager The benefits of choosing Macromedia University Top position in CHE Ranking 2014/15 Small classes with intensive, individual supervision Globally recognized, state-approved degrees, accredited by FIBAA Campuses in Berlin & Munich: two of the Top 5 “Most Affordable Cities for Students 2015” worldwide Authentic, practice oriented projects with over 500 well-known companies Highly qualified professors and industry insiders as lecturers International students from all continents Career perspectives in Germany: 18 months visa after successful graduation Master’s degree over three days a week (e.g. from Thursday to Saturday) Pre-Semester course available online Buddy network for international students Several Programmes... [-]

Master of Design

CEPT University
Campus Full time Part time July 2018 India Ahmedabad

The International Master of Interior Architectural Design is one of the first internationally oriented postgraduate degree programs in Interior Architecture in India. [+]

Masters in Design. International Master of Interior Architectural Design (IMIAD) Program Overview The International Master of Interior Architectural Design is one of the first internationally oriented postgraduate degree programs in Interior Architecture in India. The program has philanthropic support from the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the International Federation of Interior Architects, IFI. This program shares many features with the Interior Architecture and Design Masters at CEPT including the focus on research and opportunity for selecting from three specializations: Energy Efficiency Craft and Technology History,Theory & Criticism The program, along with its three focus areas, was envisioned to respond to the growing need for original and extensive research in the field of interior architecture and design. It aims at cultivating and strengthening a designer’s acute sensitivity towards global concerns and endowing them with a spirit of tolerance towards pluralism while encouraging accordance with traditional and cultural convictions. Research based stimulus that forms the unique core of these programs helps in redefining modern-day design thinking and practice. In order to complete the requirements for IMIAD, a student must complete one semester-long international exchange with one of the partner institutes of their choice, and one two-week-long international workshop at a pre-decided partner institute. IMIAD partner institutes include: Istanbul Technical University ITU University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart UASS Scuola Universitaria Professionale Della Svizzera Italiana SUPSI Curriculum The curriculum and pedagogy has been structured to promote research-based knowledge to form a new and unique set of programs, designed to be on par with the... [-]

Master of Design (MDes)

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Cardiff

The programme is intended for design graduates from any discipline who aspire to become leaders in their field, to establish their own practice or to develop an idea into a sustainable and realistic entity by working with our School’s own specialist art & design incubation unit. [+]

Our new Master of Design programme focuses on professional design approaches to the anticipation of how the world will change and develop and how designers can imagine, drive and respond to those changes. On the programme you will s​​trengthen your existing practice by situating it in a strategic context and to generate new work within a negotiated programme of learning supported by experienced academic staff and technicians. The programme is intended for design graduates from any discipline who aspire to become leaders in their field, to establish their own practice or to develop an idea into a sustainable and realistic entity by working with our School’s own specialist art & design incubation unit. We welcome applications from recent graduates as well as those who are already employed in design and related career fields. The programme runs in full -time mode. With emphasis on strategic thinking and practice, the programme is intended for design graduates from any discipline who aspire to become leaders in their field, to establish their own practice or to develop an idea into a sustainable and realistic entity with the School’s own specialist art & design incubation unit. The MDes provides an opportunity for advanced design study set in a discursive and intellectually generous but robust setting. Its specialism in helping designers to set their career trajectory in an anticipatory and professional context and will be attractive to: - Recent or established graduates who wish to refine and develop their ideas - Those seeking a step towards... [-]

Master of Design

Massey University
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months March 2018 New Zealand Wellington

The Master of Design (MDes) is an advanced research qualification in design. Unless you already have an honours degree, you will first explore creative research practices and develop the skills and approaches you may wish to use during your thesis (e.g., digital fabrication). [+]

Masters in Design. The Master of Design (MDes) is an advanced research qualification in design. Unless you already have an honours degree, you will first explore creative research practices and develop the skills and approaches you may wish to use during your thesis (e.g., digital fabrication). For your thesis, you will complete a supervised programme of focused design research taking a challenging real-world design problem through to a well-evolved solution, eg a product prototype. Different from undergrad The MDes gives you a lot of freedom, especially once you get into your thesis. You have regular meetings with your supervisors, and crit sessions with your fellow MDes students, but you are in control of structuring your own time. You generally have two supervisors who are experienced designers in fields related to your research. It is their job to challenge you to take the project as far as you can. Typically, the University will assign you a primary supervisor, and you will get input into who becomes your second supervisor. Check out our staff profiles and feel free to get in touch with anyone whose research interests you. As a Masters student, you get studio space alongside other creative arts postgrads, and access to Massey’s state of the art facilities. Callaghan Innovation scholarships The College of Creative Arts frequently acts as a broker for industry projects, matching business needs with potential Master of Design students. The college has had considerable success to date in obtaining Callaghan Innovation and private business funding for... [-]

Master in Yacht Design

ISAD - Istituto Superiore di Architettura e Design
Campus Part time November 2017 Italy Milan

The master aims to supply technical and normative information needed to learn the process of project a boat with extreme freedom and project confidence. The study of hullwaterlines, of structures and piping plants and onboard systems will permit to plan since from the beginning their appropriate positioning, giving the chance to acquire a fundamental professionalism to express oneself freely in design and style. [+]

The master aims to supply technical and normative information needed to learn the process of project a boat with extreme freedom and project confidence. The study of hullwaterlines, of structures and piping plants and onboard systems will permit to plan since from the beginning their appropriate positioning, giving the chance to acquire a fundamental professionalism to express oneself freely in design and style. The master is intended for graduates and graduating in Architecture, Engineering, Design and holders of a diploma in Design Schools. Moreover, it is appropriate a good knowledge of CAD programs. Teaching staff is composed by Architects, Designers and high-profile Naval Architects and Marine Engineers who actually work and cooperate with the most important National and International shipyards. We purposely selected young and dynamic people who could bring not theoretical but concrete experiences from the shipyards' work. Lessons on theory will be combined with workshops that will lead from concept to the expanding of the project in every detail, until the development of constructive full scale drawings. The master consists in theoretical lessons of methodology and keels' and 3D superstructures' modelling, and in technical lessons in laboratory where students will immediately start the yachts design. Teachers will verify the state of every individual project Moreover, companies and production shipyards will be present to give their account and experience as integration Program of the course The course is structured of a total duration of 13 months, the didactical activity is united to guided tours to firms and sites and... [-]

Master in Color Design & Technology

POLI.design
Campus Full time 1 year April 2018 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. [+]

Masters in Design. 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. The Specializing Master consists of two phases. The theory and technique based phase aims to train students in the technical aspects of measurement, control, digital reproduction and comparison relating to disciplines such as physics, optics, colorimetry, chemistry, psychology and perception. The second phase focuses on the methods learned, which will be contextualized and experimented in different color application and design areas such as interior design, urban spaces, industrial products, fashion and communication. Professional Outcomes The Specializing Master aims to produce an innovative professional figure, widely in demand by the market, with advanced technical and design skills concerning color use and control and color design in research and in several sectors such as interior design, urban planning, industrial product design, fashion design and communication.... [-]

Master of Design

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 3 years January 2018 Australia Sydney + 1 more

Unique in Australia, the Master of Design is intellectually vibrant, socially engaging, visionary, practice-focused and actively linked to industry. The course centres on building a design community network and has two main components: specialised master classes led by a studio leader and industry partners; and theory and technology subjects taught across the program. [+]

The program focuses on and integrates research, industry collaboration, internationalisation and a design culture through the delivery of specialist, core and transdisciplinary subjects. It provides a postgraduate education that is flexible in both its practice orientation and research integration. With a focus on design evolution, innovative integration of new technologies, practice and student experimentation, this Master of Design is delivered by experienced studio leaders who are acknowledged leaders in their specific industries and professions.

Designed to produce a balance between high levels of specialisation and lateral thinking, the program enables students to examine design from a transdisciplinary perspective. It enables students to explore design issues under the supervision of a practice leader, to learn new strategies and the application of research and theory. It supports best practices in postgraduate design education through learning and research strategies that critically examine design practice. Graduates of this course are leaders in design and related industries through their expertise in product and service development. They are able to utilise strategic processes, creative tools and research skills for innovation in design. The program provides a suite of subjects for postgraduate designers in the areas of interaction, strategy and enterprise, lighting design, technotextiles, and text and image. Common subjects explore related conceptual challenges and questions of visual expression in the quest to develop useful, usable and resonant designs. These include understanding and articulating the importance of user experience, the role of design in humanising information, the aesthetic and conceptual dynamics of effective communication, strategic thinking, and aspects... [-]


Master of Design (MDes)

NSCAD University - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Halifax 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. The emphasis of the Program is on [+]

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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Master of Design (MDes) Design Practices

HK PolyU School of Design
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Hong Kong Kowloon

The Master of Design (Design Practices) is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed at students who want to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration,and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people’s lives. [+]

The Master of Design (Design Practices) is a hands-on, studio-based specialism directed at students who want to deepen their innovative abilities, who are curious about design and business integration,and who enjoy the creative form challenges of making objects and ideas that improve people’s lives. Designers with a Bachelor’s degree in product design, fashion design, interaction design, architecture, product engineering, interior design or communication design may find Design Practices to be a logical next step in their professional development. Aims This specialism focuses on design as a strategic tool for the consumer economy. Interdisciplinary projects embrace business strategy and brand development, identifying opportunities for innovation and user experience. This full-time international program responds to the world’s industrial and technological transformation with a focus on China. The development of a high level of research, analysis, strategic vision, aesthetics, and technical mastery in development, fabrication and commercialization of design prepares students for leadership roles. Objectives This specialism seeks to join practical strategies for innovation with formal aspects of design development, by making design through: real-world project development teamwork approaches to problem solving cultural considerations as well as business & technology customers’ needs and goals design entrepreneurship and brand creation Entrance Requirement A Bachelor’s degree in design or the equivalent in a related discipline and professional experience in design is preferred. Scholarships Scholarships for Graduates of QS Top Design Schools (2017) To off-set 10% or 15% (holder of a First Class bachelor’s degree) of tuition, regardless of which MDes programmes students are admitted to... [-]

MA Design

Iceland Academy of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Iceland Reykjavik

We now use the term “design” about thinking that reaches far beyond the traditional area of design, as design revolves first and foremost around shaping the space inside the human mind and spotting new possibilities. [+]

Masters in Design. Thinking Shapes the World We now use the term “design” about thinking that reaches far beyond the traditional area of design, as design revolves first and foremost around shaping the space inside the human mind and spotting new possibilities. Design is research, transformative force and political action. Nothing is irrelevant to it, be it education, politics, business or society as a whole. The idea of designing things to sell in shops is now rather outdated, as the stated aims of design have become to lead thinking, to change attitudes and to have a positive influence on how people live. The demand is made of contemporary designers that they are aware of their responsibility and power in a world that has reached the utmost limits of materialism. Designers are important advocates of sustainability and responsible conduct, in built areas or in nature. They should be able to make out patterns as they appear in society, rearrange these and utilise for good work. Main focus A systematic understanding of the relationship between design and the environment. Students should know about the conceptual premises of design and be able to take a responsible stance towards the environment and society. Deeper knowledge and increased skill to engage with complex design projects. The gaze is directed towards urgent contemporary issues. A change for good in society by using the methodology of design to increase the quality of life and efficiency - and to create value. Encouraging students to constantly seek new solutions... [-]

Master of Design

Media Design School
Campus Full time 30 weeks February 2018 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. Career Pathways Possible career pathways for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Design include both strategic and design positions within design studios, companies and consultancy agencies: Design project manager; Systems designer; Merchandising and branding developer or strategist; Sustainability designer; Interactive designer; Mobile technologies designer; User experience designer; Design analyst; Screen designer; Digital animator; Information designer; Product designer and developer; Service designer; Transmedia designer; Packaging designer; Marketing and communications executive; Creative director; Advertising studio director; Media manager; Publisher; Secondary design teacher; Design consultant; Design manager. Course Components During the Master of Design, you will undertake the following course work: Two (30 credits each), NZQF Level 8. Master Proposal (15 credits), NZQF Level 9. Master Project (45 credits), NZQF Level 9. One (not-for-credit) Postgraduate Toolbox component. Eligibility To be eligible for the Master of Design, applicants... [-]

Master in Design

University of Saint Joseph
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Macau China Anhui + 1 more

The Master in Design enables students to develop the creative abilities and technical skills necessary to become an effective and respected design professional in Macao and beyond. The course is aimed at [+]

The Master in Design enables students to develop the creative abilities and technical skills necessary to become an effective and respected design professional in Macao and beyond. The course is aimed at practicing designers, architects, and related professionals who wish to enrich their knowledge and skills through working with internationally respected designers and educators. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree and have professional working experience in any design field. Founded on an appreciation of the importance of sustainability and resource conservation, the course incorporates a wide range of techniques, with a particular focus on graphic design and product design.

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