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101 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
Campus
 
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington , New Zealand +1 More

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
18 months
English
22 Feb 2021
Campus
Online
 
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona
Barcelona , Spain

The Master in Automotive Interior Design analyses how cars are going to adapt to this new mobility scenario and addresses design to improve user experience (UX Design) when in ... +

The Master in Automotive Interior Design analyses how cars are going to adapt to this new mobility scenario and addresses design to improve user experience (UX Design) when interacting with the interior space. -
Master
Part-time
6 months
English
20 Jan 2022
20 Dec 2021
Campus
 

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Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
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
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
 
ESDESIGN - Escuela Superior de Diseño de Barcelona
Barcelona , Spain

Program that shows how to visualize creative and convincing ideas, understand the recipient, the medium in which the message is communicated and the emotional charge that the ... +

Program that shows how to visualize creative and convincing ideas, understand the recipient, the medium in which the message is communicated and the emotional charge that the message must guarantee. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
Spanish
Online
 
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 (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal)
18 Jan 2021
Online
 
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 (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish (Argentina), Spanish (Bolivia), Spanish (Chile), Spanish (Colombia), Spanish (Mexican), Spanish (Spain)
18 Jan 2021
Online
 
London School Of Design And Marketing
London , United Kingdom

In a complex and competitive environment, as the one companies currently integrate, the design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, as it provides inno ... +

In a complex and competitive environment, as the one companies currently integrate, the design has become an important competitive and strategic advantage, as it provides innovation and differentiation. London School of Design and Marketing's Master in Design represents the opportunity of turning professionals into experts of several design areas, by improving their fundamental, critical and procedural skills, not only to understand the corporate reality but also to contribute to the process of value creation. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English, Spanish, Portuguese
18 Jan 2021
Online
 
Middlesex University Dubai
Dubai , United Arab Emirates

The MA Graphic Design programme explores the ever-changing landscape of graphic design to build critical understanding, individual design thinking processes, practical experie ... +

The MA Graphic Design programme explores the ever-changing landscape of graphic design to build critical understanding, individual design thinking processes, practical experience and insightful design solutions. The course offers areas of specialism in typography, branding, editorial and book design, and digital interactive experiences. -
MA
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid
Madrid , Spain

The Master of Design and Innovation is a high performance and qualification programme aimed at professionals who wish to change the world through strategic design, sustainabil ... +

The Master of Design and Innovation is a high performance and qualification programme aimed at professionals who wish to change the world through strategic design, sustainability and innovation, and who also wish to change their lives in labour and personal terms through the training and experience this type of programme provides. It is conceived to provide a notable boost to our students’ professional development, positioning them as attractive profiles for companies and opening up new opportunities in their working lives. -
Master
Full-time
11 months
English
20 Apr 2021
01 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Edith Cowan University
Mount Lawley , Australia

Provides students with advanced technical and conceptual skills in design, and uses digital media as both a production and a creative tool.

Provides students with advanced technical and conceptual skills in design, and uses digital media as both a production and a creative tool. -
Master
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Campus
 
University of Dundee
Dundee , United Kingdom

Design has a transformative effect on the world around us. This impact cuts across culture, business, the environment, and the economy. The course will give you an understandi ... +

Design has a transformative effect on the world around us. This impact cuts across culture, business, the environment, and the economy. The course will give you an understanding of this impact and how you can shape it. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course will enable you to approach design strategically and enhance your knowledge and understanding of design management, service design, enterprise and entrepreneurship. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design
Kowloon , Hong Kong

Ranked as one of the best design thinking programmes in the world – this academic programme is directed at design and non-design professionals with experiences in creating val ... +

Ranked as one of the best design thinking programmes in the world – this academic programme is directed at design and non-design professionals with experiences in creating value through design. This course empowers students to see new opportunities with multidisciplinary bodies of knowledge and varying points of view. -
Master
Part-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2021
30 Apr 2021
Campus
 
POLI.design
Milan , Italy

The Specializing Master in Transportation & Automobile Design is a Master in Car Design of the Politecnico di Milano and it is a pathway to excellence for those who seek s ... +

The Specializing Master in Transportation & Automobile Design is a Master in Car Design of the Politecnico di Milano and it is a pathway to excellence for those who seek scientifically rigorous training to meet the professional challenges that automakers’ design departments are offering in this era of far-reaching change and radical innovation in the industry. -
Master
Full-time
English
Mar 2021
28 Feb 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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