73 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… Read more

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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Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Basel, Switzerland

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 an ... +

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. -
Master
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2020
29 Mar 2020
Campus
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design
Kowloon, Hong Kong

The Master of Design (Design Strategies) is directed at people who are established in their careers and wish to deepen and enhance their strategic thinking and methods by inte ... +

The Master of Design (Design Strategies) is directed at people who are established in their careers and wish to deepen and enhance their strategic thinking and methods by integrating design, business, and technology. -
Master
Part-time
2 years
English
31 Aug 2020
24 Jan 2020
Campus
 
Maranello Design Academy
Maranello, Italy

The course aims at elaborating on the future of sports car design through the analysis of current design trends and through philosophical thinking about the profound changes t ... +

The course aims at elaborating on the future of sports car design through the analysis of current design trends and through philosophical thinking about the profound changes that the “car product” is undergoing. The availability of new and innovative energy sources, from solar to hydrogen, will not only create new machines but also a radical shift in the transportation paradigm. Aesthetics and the use of sports cars will go through a complete rethinking and a new vision is required. The objective of this course is to create a new design vernacular for future sports cars through a semiotic analysis of the significance of sport and its relation with the human being. At the Ferrari and Lamborghini Museums, it will be possible to examine in depth the significance of sports cars in the very context where they were first created. The Master Course “Sustainable Beauty: A New Version for Future Sportscars” offers a legally recognized degree (60 ECTS Credits) by The European University of Rome https://www.universitaeuropeadiroma.it/ www.maranello.academy -
Master
Full-time
11 months
English
03 Feb 2020
Campus
 
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand

Get the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry. In this three-trimester programme, you'll learn the art of bringing id ... +

Get the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry. In this three-trimester programme, you'll learn the art of bringing ideas to life—from conception to design to construction. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
English
02 Mar 2020
Campus
 
Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)

The Master of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design – the first program of its kind recently set up in central/southern Italy – succeeds in fully embracing this complex area of s ... +

The Master of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design – the first program of its kind recently set up in central/southern Italy – succeeds in fully embracing this complex area of studies, addressing the increasingly central role played by digital technologies and techniques in the design of multimedia spaces and works. It represents a wide-ranging field ranging from the design of installations and fit-outs of cultural events to the realization of spaces in public and private settings and even virtual set design and video mapping on the façades of public buildings and monuments. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
Italian
Campus
 
University of Miami: School of Architecture
Miami, USA

The Master of Science in Architecture, is a 1-year, 36 credits (3 semester), program that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges in relat ... +

The Master of Science in Architecture, is a 1-year, 36 credits (3 semester), program that offers students an opportunity to investigate design strategies / challenges in relation to current issues that include: resilient design, tropical and subtropical architecture, health care design, housing design, conservation of the built environment and the effect of embedded technologies on design. -
MSc
Full-time
3 semesters
English
Aug 2020
01 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Brand University of Applied Sciences
Hamburg, Germany

In the new master’s program Brand Innovation with a focus on Design & Innovation, you will learn how to develop exciting products and services, create digital innovations ... +

In the new master’s program Brand Innovation with a focus on Design & Innovation, you will learn how to develop exciting products and services, create digital innovations and apply relevant technologies. -
MA
Full-time
3 semesters
English
01 Apr 2020
15 Mar 2020
Campus
 
Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
Munich, Germany

Study a Master of Arts in Design Thinking. This Design M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campus in Munich, Germany.

Study a Master of Arts in Design Thinking. This Design M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campus in Munich, Germany. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 semesters
English
Mar 2020
15 Feb 2020
Campus
 
CSVPA
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines UK (publishers of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire magazines and more), we offer an exciting and industry-connected Master ... +

Delivered in partnership with Hearst Magazines UK (publishers of Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire magazines and more), we offer an exciting and industry-connected Master’s course to support and enhance the skills of art and design practitioners who want to develop their ambitions within the cultural and creative industries. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara
Timișoara, Romania

Unlike traditional design, integrated design is not a one-sided and uni-disciplinary justifiable action, but in order to generate a durable and sustainable design solution, it ... +

Unlike traditional design, integrated design is not a one-sided and uni-disciplinary justifiable action, but in order to generate a durable and sustainable design solution, it uses a holistic, three-way assessment. Thus, in order to be accepted and implemented in practice, the design solution must be "sound" - according to the "ecologically necessary versus technologically possible" binomial - from the ecological point of view, be fair, equitable and timely, from the point of view of ethical, social and economic view, as it must be designed to meet a certain utilitarian function, and to aesthetically enrich and signify a product, a space, a service, or an individual. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
London School of Design and Marketing (ES)
London, United Kingdom

In a complex and competitive environment as what companies currently integrate, design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, since it offers innovation ... +

In a complex and competitive environment as what companies currently integrate, design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, since it offers innovation and differentiation. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
Spanish, English, Portuguese, Portuguese, Portuguese, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, Spanish
Online
 
Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

MRes Art and Design is a natural first step towards a PhD, and can also be your route to creating a new product or body of work for the marketplace.

MRes Art and Design is a natural first step towards a PhD, and can also be your route to creating a new product or body of work for the marketplace. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
London School of Design and Marketing (PT)
London, United Kingdom

In a complex and competitive environment like the one that companies are currently integrating, design has become an important strategic and competitive advantage because it b ... +

In a complex and competitive environment like the one that companies are currently integrating, design has become an important strategic and competitive advantage because it brings innovation and differentiation. The Master of Science (MSc) in Design offers a very comprehensive higher education, including contributions from the main areas of training in Design. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
Portuguese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Portuguese
Online
 
Seeway - Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

The importance of typography in design is evident. It can not be designed without typography, but it can be designed only with typography. Typography surrounds us and accompan ... +

The importance of typography in design is evident. It can not be designed without typography, but it can be designed only with typography. Typography surrounds us and accompanies us 24 hours a day. It is ubiquitous and inescapable and visually interprets what is happening around us. In the current design landscape, typography has gone from transparency to occupy a leading role and have its own expression. -
Master
Part-time
9 months
Spanish
Oct 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures – St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design
's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

The master's programme Ecology Futures focusses on how art and design can help define and change the narrative around today's anthropocentric worldview. Through artistic resea ... +

The master's programme Ecology Futures focusses on how art and design can help define and change the narrative around today's anthropocentric worldview. Through artistic research rooted in scientific methodologies, students will be challenged to develop their own position, both theoretical and practical. Linked to the new Material Incubator lab space, students will be encouraged to explore and engage with the biological world as a way to express concepts, directly incorporating living matter into their work. Together we will envision all kinds of different ecological futures, developing critical work about our position as humans in relation to all other living and non-living entities, aiming to achieve a radical shift in perception on society today. The programme is led by core tutor, Xandra van der Eijk. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2020
01 Aug 2020
Campus