Masters Programs in Design

Compare 23 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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Masters In Design And Art Direction

Escuela Superior de Diseño de Barcelona
Online Full time 12 months November 2017 Spain Barcelona

With this program you will learn to visualize creative and convincing ideas, as well as understand who you are addressing, the medium in which you communicate the message, and the emotional load that this message must guarantee. [+]

Masters in Design. With this program you will learn to visualize creative and convincing ideas, as well as understand who you are addressing, the medium in which you communicate the message, and the emotional load that this message must guarantee. The Art Direction, as an essential part of any commercial communication action, is in constant transformation. The evolution of the media, technology and social networks make it increasingly complex to determine the limits of this discipline. This new environment can confuse the priorities when it comes to becoming a good Director of Art. It is not so much about being the latest in trends or technology, but rather the opposite. From this Master we want to claim why it is so important to know how to tell an idea at a visual level. Why it is basic to understand that behind any communication action there is an intention to influence, excite or convince someone concrete. Why an Art Director can become overshadowed by the superfluous and completely ignore the ultimate purpose of all his work. Art Directors are visualizers of ideas. But for these ideas to be not only creative but convincing, we must understand who we are speaking to, the medium in which we communicate the message and the emotional load that we must guarantee in our messages. The work of the Art Director must respond to this vision. An online Master like the one you are analyzing is the perfect environment to develop such learning. The possibility of... [-]

Master in Business Design

Domus Academy
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 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

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Master in Design

Georgian Technical University
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 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... [-]

International Master of Design

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 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... [-]

Design Degrees

Cranfield University
Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years October 2018 United Kingdom Cranfield + 1 more

These courses are suitable for graduates from a variety of disciplines who recognise the importance of how creative practice and process can improve product and service development. [+]

Design Degrees MDes in Innovation and Creativity in Industry

Cranfield Campus In today’s competitive world, business success depends increasingly on the ability to innovate. Business leaders are already recognising the importance of how creative practice and process can improve product and service development and design thinking in shaping business strategy.

Duration: One year full-time, two-three years part-time.

Who is it for? The course develops creative design literate engineers, scientists and management postgraduates. It is suitable for graduates from a variety of disciplines who recognise the importance of how creative practice and process can improve product and service development.... [-]


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. [+]

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 new world knowledge... [-]

Master's Degree In Design

Universidade de Évora
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Portugal Évora

The Master's study program in design is enhancing scientific and professional autonomy of the student, focusing on knowledge and skills strongly grounded in the exploration of design methods and scientific research. [+]

Masters in Design. PRESENTATION The study program Master in Design It is enhancing the scientific and professional autonomy of the student, focusing on knowledge and skills strongly grounded in the exploration of design methods and scientific research. This program combines new paradigms of social design, entrepreneurship, biomimetics and ecology, covering potentially either side of Product Design wants to shed design Editorial, depending on the specific training interest of the student. Careers The Masters in Design will be able to integrate research and technological development teams (R & D) in the design process with industry, workshops and services; integrating scientific research teams in the areas of Product Design or Communication Design as well as in related fields; qualify for access to other branches of postgraduate training at the level of the 3rd cycle, or functions that may require a higher education, including the teaching of different levels. [-]

MSc in Mechanics and Machine Design

Cracow University of Technology
Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2018 Poland Kraków

Advanced Computational Mechanics (ACM) is addressed for students who want to increase their knowledge in mechanics and computer application in design of structures (CAD, FEM), material design (CAMD), material selection (CAMS), manufacturing (CAM) and monitoring of machines. [+]

Program description:

Advanced Computational Mechanics (ACM) is addressed for students who want to increase their knowledge in mechanics and computer application in design of structures (CAD, FEM), material design (CAMD), material selection (CAMS), manufacturing (CAM) and monitoring of machines.

Program of studies:

Regular:

Advanced mathematics (4 ECTS), Engineering mathematics II (2 ECTS), Solid state physics (2 ECTS), Continuum mechanics (2 ECTS), Analytical mechanics (2 ECTS), Numerical methods II (2 ECTS), Objectoriented programming (1 ECTS), Material science II (4 ECTS), Modern structural materials (2 ECTS), Advanced modeling of materials and structures (5 ECTS), Modeling in machine design (4 ECTS), Integrated processing systems (3 ECTS), Advanced FEM modeling (4 ECTS), Advanced strength of materials (2 ECTS), Dynamics of mechanical systems (2 ECTS), Experimental mechanics of solids (2 ECTS), Individual project (5 ECTS), Seminar (3 ECTS), Final project (20 ECTS) ... [-]

M.Des. in Industrial Arts and Design Practices

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 India Bangalore

We facilitate design and art professionals of the future, who can work in multiple contexts, make complex connections, lead and manage change. We facilitate and inculcate working with autonomy towards a clear self-position, be it as an entrepreneur, a design lead or as an independent creative practitioner. [+]

Masters in Design. M.Des. in Industrial Arts and Design Practices The future of ‘how, why and where things are made’ is rapidly changing with new technologies and possibilities emerging every day. What does this mean for the designer of the future? How can we use the power of new technologies along with the unique tradition of making we have in India to create a new language in design and art? We facilitate design and art professionals of the future, who can work in multiple contexts, make complex connections, lead and manage change. We facilitate and inculcate working with autonomy towards a clear self-position, be it as an entrepreneur, a design lead or as an independent creative practitioner. The course combines best practices from art and design methodologies, which then allows the student a complex navigation between exploring, conceptualizing and translation. The common values of art and design lie in rigorous understanding and embracing of thinking and making practices using tools like mapping, systems understanding, making informed choices about materials and processes and translating the abstract into tangible form etc. The artistic practice allows one to develop sensibilities exploring multiple materials, techniques and technologies, craft and mass manufacturing industries leading to a rigorous search for form and content. The program opens up possibilities to establish a dialogue between multiple media, materiality and conceptual rigor. The course allows you to build a creative practice based on the previous education and experiences, without abandoning the same. The overall learning experience helps you leverage... [-]

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.... [-]


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. [+]

Masters in Design. 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... [-]

Master of Design (Research)

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years January 2018 Australia Sydney + 1 more

This degree is for graduates who want to deepen their understanding and hands-on skills in both research-for-design and research-by-design as a way to define the future of the design profession. [+]

Design challenges are becoming more complex: digitisation, globalisation, the growing importance of services and the shift towards culturally and socially intelligent design means that the profile and role of the designer are changing. Research for design and researching through design experiments are becoming part of new design practice. In this course, students are challenged to develop a deep understanding of what this means for them as practising designers. They are trained in the insights and hands-on skills to do the various types of research that are becoming all-important in modern design practice.

Graduates are the new guard of academically trained designers who have deepened their insight into where design is going, and can offer employers the combination of design and research skills that they need for their long-term prosperity. There is also a clear path from this degree towards a more research-focused career, either in industry or in academia.... [-]


Master Advanced Design And Pattern

Idep Barcelona
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 Spain Barcelona

For the professional designer to know what to create for each type of consumers, or marks, get to know the specific specialties and techniques of pattern appropriate for each type of garment, is not pure creative intuition but the result of uniting the creativity and training technical versatility and a thorough knowledge of the environment. [+]

Masters in Design. For the professional designer to know what to create for each type of consumers, or marks, get to know the specific specialties and techniques of pattern appropriate for each type of garment, is not pure creative intuition but the result of uniting the creativity and training technical versatility and a thorough knowledge of the environment. The deep knowledge of different disciplines and markets within the broad fashion industry, coupled with a high level of sponsorship that allows enhance the design proposals technically developed their pieces to keep any trace of the creative development of collections, is the basis for professional and absolutely essential for proper training in fashion. Therefore it is necessary to go beyond the general design collections to enter the technical design and construction of specific collections to worlds as diverse as night and party, corsetry, tailoring, casual design or the design of accessories, all areas where patronage and creativity go hand in hand. GOALS This Master offers students the skills necessary to understand and professionalized, both creatively as garment construction, in very particular disciplines but whose secrets are exportable to other, complementing the usual fashion training to reach a level of weapons expert in the design world. The aim is to provide a comprehensive view of the professional world market, design and pattern making for specialties such as couture, corset, tailoring or tailoring, urban fashion retail and a discipline as the design of accessories, which in addition to being essential for itself as a... [-]

Master's Degree In Art, Design And Multimedia

Instituto Politécnico de Viseu – Escola Superior de Educação (ESEV)
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Portugal Viseu

The second training cycle in Art, Design and Multimedia is assumed as a current structured training proposal based on the realization of the importance of visual culture and information and communication technologies in contemporary reality. On the other hand the Court finds that technological progress has contributed to a considerable increase in the use of the image in all fields. The photo and digital video, specialized software for image work, are now on a par with conventional media and new media adopted by contemporary creators, compelling tools in the materialization of ideas in the context of artistic creation, design, advertising. [+]

Presentation The second training cycle in Art, Design and Multimedia is assumed as a current structured training proposal based on the realization of the importance of visual culture and information and communication technologies in contemporary reality. On the other hand the Court finds that technological progress has contributed to a considerable increase in the use of the image in all fields. The photo and digital video, specialized software for image work, are now on a par with conventional media and new media adopted by contemporary creators, compelling tools in the materialization of ideas in the context of artistic creation, design, advertising. At the end of the second cycle of studies in the Master Art, Design and Multimedia should be able to: Understanding creativity and innovation as one of the decisive factors in a competitive business / current institutional context; Connecting theoretical and technical knowledge of art and media, in order to develop skills such as to enable him to question the artistic production applied to visual communication; Develop skills interconnecting content of the two key areas of this second cycle, in view of the media industry, artistic expression and design; Develop research projects / testing and / or use in context, articulating specific skills of art and interactive environments; Designing and implementing experimental projects / research - action. Careers This course allows professionals in the field of fine arts, design, media advertising and creation as well as teachers who leccionem in similar areas, update their training in Art and Multimedia... [-]

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... [-]