Master of Design

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A Master of Design (MDes, M.Des. or M.Design) is a postgraduate academic master degree in the field of Design awarded by several academic institutions around the world. The degree level has different equivalencies; some MDes are equivalent to Master of Fine Arts and others to a Master of Arts or Master of Science postgraduate degree in alternative disciplines. It often follows a Bachelor of Design degree and requires around two years of study & research in design.

Awarding institutions[edit]

  • The Basel School of Design, Basel, Switzerland, awards a dual degree MDes/MAS in Graphic Design. A two-year program in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)[1]
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, awards a M.Des. degree in Industrial Design in a two-year program.[2][3]
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States, awards two-year MDes degrees in Communication Planning and Information Design (offered jointly with the School of English), as well as interaction design, both through the School of Design. Both are terminal degrees in a two-year program.[4]
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, United States, awards a M.Des. terminal degree in a two-year program.[5]
  • Centre for Design Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom, awards an MDes in Innovation and Creativity in Industry and an MDes in Design and Innovation for Sustainability, both through the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D).
  • Coventry University West Midlands, United Kingdom, awards an MDes after a 4th year of study after the 3 year Product Design BA course
  • University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland awards an MDes over one year of full-time study.
  • Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, awards MDes Design with pathways in digital arts, graphic design, interaction design, interdisciplinary design, interior architecture, product design, sustainability, and urbanism. The course is taken full-time over 3 trimesters (12 months)[6]
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada, awards a Master of Design degree that is a full-time research-oriented, two-year program in interdisciplinary design
  • The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom, awards Master of Design degrees in design innovation (with service design, environmental design or citizenship), communication design (graphics, illustration, photography), fashion and textiles, interior design, digital culture, and sound for moving image. Courses are taken full-time during 3 trimesters over 12 or 24 months)[7]
  • Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel, awards a M.Design degree in "Integrated Design" in a two-year program.[2][8]

Undergraduate studies[edit]

Some European institutions award an undergraduate MDes degree. Like all European master degrees, this usually requires a four-year program with a research project or dissertation.

  • Coventry University, Coventry, UK, awards MDes in various Industrial Design courses including Transport and Automotive design, in four-year programs.[29]
  • University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, awards a Master of Design degree specializing in Product Design, in a 4 year undergraduate program. Students are awarded a BDes after 3 years and can continue to a 4th year after which they receive a MDes.[30]
  • De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, awards a Master of Design degree specialising in Design Products, in a 4 year undergraduate program. It also offers part-time study opportunity to complete in 7 years.Students are awarded a MDes. after the successful completion of the programme [31]


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