Masters Programs in Design

Compare 28 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 In Design

London School of Design and Marketing (PT)
Online Full time 12 months July 2018 United Kingdom London

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. [+]

We are an online teaching institution available in 3 languages ​​(English, Spanish and Portuguese) based in London but with online courses accessible worldwide.

Why a Master of Design?

In a complex and competitive environment such as today's companies, design has become an important strategic and competitive advantage because it brings innovation and differentiation.

The Master of Science (MSc) in Design at the London School of Design and Marketing represents the opportunity to turn professionals into specialists in various design areas, improving fundamental, critical and procedural skills not only to understand business reality but also to contribute to the process of value creation.... [-]


Master of Design (Innovation)

KDU University College
Campus Full time 16 months September 2018 Malaysia Selangor

The Master of Design (Innovation) at KDU is a practice-focused programme that aims to launch design professionals beyond the boundaries of traditional graphic design. It integrates deep expertise in design practice with business disciplines to prepare students to master the fields of design, communication, and multimedia. [+]

Be a design leader in a rapidly changing environment.

The Master of Design (Innovation) at KDU is a practice-focused programme that aims to launch design professionals beyond the boundaries of traditional graphic design. It integrates deep expertise in design practice with business disciplines to prepare students to master the fields of design, communication, and multimedia.

Students have the opportunity to put together a professional industry-based portfolio or design artwork and understand the design and planning of new products, services, systems, and organizations. By the end of the programme, students will be able to seamlessly adapt to the expectations of the new artistic industry.... [-]


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 Ph.D. level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general.

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

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


Master in Design Thinking

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

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

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

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

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


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 of Design (MDes) Design Practices

HK PolyU School of Design
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 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. 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. [+]

About

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.

Application Timeline - Sep 2018 Entry Applications start: 26 Sep 2017 First Round Review deadline: 12 Dec 2017 Application deadline: 30 Apr 2018 Aims ... [-]

Master in Design

Georgian Technical University
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Georgia Tbilisi

This program 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 program 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. [+]

This program 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 program 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 program 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.... [-]


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. [+]

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.... [-]


Master In Design And Typographic Application

Seeway - Barcelona
Campus Part time 9 months October 2018 Spain Barcelona

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. [+]

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.

In essence, the objective of typography (both in its design and in its application) has always remained the same: to try to communicate in an attractive way any text, regardless of its level of reading. It is evident that the same typography should not be used to read a book to effectively signal an airport, but it is clear that the objective is always exactly the same; that the receiver understands the message as clearly as possible.... [-]


Master in Innovation-based Integrated Design

Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara
Campus Full time September 2018 Romania Timisoara

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 in Innovation-based Integrated Design

1. Study programme title:

Innovation-based Integrated Design

2. The number of available places:

20 places

3. Short description

Unlike traditional design, integrated design is not a one-sided and unidisciplinary 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.... [-]


Masters In Design And Art Direction

Escuela Superior de Diseño de Barcelona
Online Full time 12 months May 2018 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. [+]

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.... [-]


International Master of Interior Architectural Design

CEPT University
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 India Ahmedabad + 1 more

The International Masters in Interior Architectural Design course is unique in India in that it integrates a commitment to understanding major design concerns at both Indian and Global levels. The IMIAD program focuses on cultivating and strengthening a designer’s sensitivity to issues concerning the Global World in the spirit of tolerance and pluralism with reference to traditional moorings and cultural convictions. [+]

International Master of Interior Architectural Design

Faculty of Design – CEPT University

The International Masters in Interior Architectural Design course is unique in India in that it integrates a commitment to understanding major design concerns at both Indian and Global levels. The IMIAD program focuses on cultivating and strengthening a designer’s sensitivity to issues concerning the Global World in the spirit of tolerance and pluralism with reference to traditional moorings and cultural convictions.

The IMIAD program is aligned with the M.Des – Interior Design program in order to optimize the studio-based learning structures being offered.

Interior Design is concerned with the immediate physical environment of a human being, encompassing spiritual, philosophical, mental and emotional relationships that connect Man and space. It is an essential part of our everyday lives. As the demands of society are becoming more complex so also are design responses. As a profession, it deals with a broad range of skills and technical knowledge necessary to deliver effective solutions to design briefs.... [-]


M.Des. in Industrial Arts and Design Practices

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 - 3 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. [+]

M.Des. in Industrial Arts and Design Practices

Vision

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.... [-]


Master of Design

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 3 years January 2019 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... [-]


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. [+]

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. The 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, inbuilt areas or in nature. They should be able to make out patterns as they appear in society, rearrange these and utilise for good work.... [-]