M.A. in Design

Best 15 MA Programs in Design 2018

MA Applied linguistics is the most common of a number of Masters, or MA as they are commonly known, which have a higher concentration on science and focus less on classroom practice .

Design studies are often a fusion of engineering principles and design. Architecture, graphic design, retail merchandising, and apparel design are informed by design studies coursework. Designing on digital platforms and fabrication of product prototypes are practiced in design labs.

Master of Arts (MA) in Design

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Master of Arts in Design (specialization in Product Design)

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time February 2018 Italy Milan

The MA in Product Design developed out of the MA in Design, first as a specialization and now as its own complete degree program. You will learn a contemporary approach to design founded on the Italian design culture. You will explore the ideas and strategies of professional designers in order to develop your own personal design identity. You will analyze new reference scenarios on innovative topics and design or re-design objects through fostering an experiential and physical relationship with them. [+]

MASTER OF ARTS IN DESIGN – PRODUCT DESIGN

Our ‘Learning by Doing’ approach combines traditional visual disciplines with new digital technologies and synthesizes individual study with group project work. We establish numerous collaborations and projects with Italian and international companies and institutions to give students hands-on workplace opportunities to develop their critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and practical artistic and design skills.

WHY NABA To study in Milan, recognized as the world’s capital of fashion, arts and design To collaborate with over 1,000 companies, working on real-world projects and complementing your studies with unique internship opportunities To obtain a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural learning experience, with a focus on direct experimentation To learn from an outstanding faculty of inspiring industry professionals and mentors To attend cutting-edge programs held both in Italian and English, that will give you an internationally recognized degree To study in an award-winning academy, selected by leading publications such as Frame Publishers, Domus Magazine and Business of Fashion as one of the world's top schools for art and design Program ... [-]

Master of Arts in Design (specialization in Interior Design)

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time October 2018 Italy Milan

The course deeply explores the issues and the methodological processes related to the design of interior spaces, with the aim of developing professional profiles that are mature, aware, trustworthy and flexible, able to express themselves successfully in the global market of creative jobs. [+]

MASTER OF ARTS IN DESIGN – INTERIOR DESIGN

Our ‘Learning by Doing’ approach combines traditional visual disciplines with new digital technologies and synthesizes individual study with group project work. We establish numerous collaborations and projects with Italian and international companies and institutions to give students hands-on workplace opportunities to develop their critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and practical artistic and design skills.

WHY NABA To study in Milan, recognized as the world’s capital of fashion, arts and design To collaborate with over 1,000 companies, working on real-world projects and complementing your studies with unique internship opportunities To obtain a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural learning experience, with a focus on direct experimentation To learn from an outstanding faculty of inspiring industry professionals and mentors To attend cutting-edge programs held both in Italian and English, that will give you an internationally recognized degree To study in an award-winning academy, selected by leading publications such as Frame Publishers, Domus Magazine and Business of Fashion as one of the world's top schools for art and design ... [-]

Master of Arts in Design for Social Impact

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time September 2018 France Paris

Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Design for Social Impact that equips citizen designers with the practical know-how (design thinking methods, leadership and entrepreneurial skills) to successfully lead design projects that will bring positive societal changes. [+]

Do you want to contribute to societal change? Do you see issues around you that you think could be improved or solved? Are you creative and entrepreneurial? Are you looking to work with likeminded people? Paris College of Art joins forces with MakeSense in this one-year Master’s program (MA) in Design for Social Impact that equips citizen designers with the practical know-how (design thinking methods, leadership and entrepreneurial skills) to successfully lead design projects that will bring positive societal changes. The guiding question for this program is:

How can design change the world?

Each academic year students will work with faculty and partner organizations to answer this question on a specific theme – for the 2017-2018 academic year the theme is SHELTER (REFUGE in French). Students will research and design solutions to issues related to temporary or permanent shelter, whether it be a built shelter, a sanctuary, or a condition of increased safety and comfort. In a time of mass migrations, increasing pollution, lasting homelessness, youth unemployment and an aging population, students develop SHELTERS that make a difference. Examples of student projects previously incubated at MakeSense include services to the homeless, products that protect from air pollution or programs that encourage physical activity in senior citizens to decrease the risk of injury and associated health costs. In the first semester students will work with a social entrepreneur in an on-going effort to apply the skills they learn, and in the second semester they will develop their own individual project that... [-]


MA in Design

Kadir Has University
Campus Full time September 2018 Turkey Istanbul

Master in Design Program at Kadir Has University, departs from the idea that design is an analytical and creative thinking process, hence offers a wide spectrum of practice and research possibilities throughout education. While offering students to work in different social, public, ecological, technological and cultural contexts, the program also aims to encourage the student to undertake complex social issues. [+]

Designer undertakes new responsibilities, that are brought in with the changing social and technological developments in contemporary life. Designer not only seeks for solutions and design for the necessities but also s/he is an innovative, curios researcher opens up new venues for new worlds. Master in Design Program at Kadir Has University, departs from the idea that design is an analytical and creative thinking process, hence offers a wide spectrum of practice and research possibilities throughout education. While offering students to work in different social, public, ecological, technological and cultural contexts, the program also aims to encourage the student to undertake complex social issues. In this framework, Master in Design Program seeks to guide designers to problematize the issues and the needs, while producing critical, experimental, participatory, creative with unique ideas to define the problems as well as the solutions and for people who are able to transfer this knowledge into new fields with elaborated innovative ways. Besides asserting interdisciplinarity the program is open to cross-interactions and trans-disciplinary contents and areas of production. Candidates are offered with wide selection of studio practice and lectures where they can structure their own personal research and practice within program. Students are to choose one of the four offered the area of specialization in the framework of the program: Cultural Heritage and Design Artistic and Performative Research Social Innovation Strategic Design and Design Management The studies are supervised by the academic staff of Art and Design Faculty of Kadir Has University. The language of... [-]

MA in Design

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. [+]

Masters of Arts in Design. The purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The Master’s degree is earned by completing a single advanced research project, culminating in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. Admission requirements A relevant Bachelor Honours Degree. A “professional” Bachelor’s Degree, or a Postgraduate Diploma, with sufficient preparation to conduct research with a recommended minimum of 60% for all final-year modules. Selection criteria In addition to the minimum admission requirements as outlined above, prospective students may be required to present a portfolio of their work to an interview panel. A portfolio would be requested if further evidence is required of a students’ readiness to conduct textual or artefactual research. In case of textual research the portfolio would contain examples of written research, and in the case of artefactual research a portfolio with design would be required. Curriculum MODULE Research Dissertation: Communication Design Research Dissertation: Fashion Design Research Dissertation: Multimedia Design Research Dissertation: Jewellery Design Programme structure a) Minimum duration: One year full-time/two years part-time. [-]

MA Art & Design with pathways

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Cardiff

The MA in Art and Design programme as a whole is designed for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Art and Design. [+]

The MA in Art and Design programme as a whole is designed for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Art and Design. In the MA you will submit a written dissertation, and, if wished, a practical piece of work. You choose the balance between these theoretical and practical interests. Typically students might include teachers, aspiring artists, aspiring academics, or recent graduates in Art and/or Design who wish to further their professional practice. The MA encourages you to develop your practice in a critical yet supportive environment. Our aim is to enable you to sustain your practice and to succeed at the highest level. In order to help to work towards this, you will be allocated a personal tutor and subject-specialist member of academic staff. However you will also have access to and guidance from other specialists in each area. We offer our MA in a number of specialist pathways. Specialist Pathways - Art and Science The Art and Science pathway is part of our MA Art and Design programme. It is intended for art and design graduates who wish to develop their practice in a dialogue with scientific enquiry, and for science graduates who wish to explore how art and design theory and practice can inform the visual and aesthetic dimensions of science. It is also intended for graduates from any background who wish to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the nature of interdisciplinarity. Most... [-]

MA History of Design

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time 15  October 2018 United Kingdom London

The V&A/RCA History of Design programme is internationally recognised as the leading centre for the postgraduate study of the history of design and material culture. As jointly offered by two world-leading centres for scholarship and creativity, the RCA and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), [+]

Masters of Arts in Design. About the Programme The V&A/RCA History of Design programme is internationally recognised as the leading centre for the postgraduate study of the history of design and material culture. As jointly offered by two world-leading centres for scholarship and creativity, the RCA and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), we teach and research cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through artefacts and our interactions with them. Projects and expertise range across global geographies, from the early fifteenth century to the present day. For 2017/8, we are offering two pathways within the MA: the history of design and material culture and a new pathway in the material cultures of performance. A third pathway, in the material culture of photography, is planned to follow in 2018/19. V&A/RCA History of Design is based on the principle that researching, analysing and communicating history through artefacts is a practice-based discipline and can play an important public role. We embrace history that is public-facing, experimental and committed to scholarly excellence, as befits our location in the public museum and the art school. We bring a distinctly global outlook to historical questions, whether this means placing local histories in comparative context or tracing global networks through material culture. The Design and Material Culture pathway uses artefact analysis – of services, interactions, policies, institutions and legal and technical systems as well as physical objects and spaces – alongside more conventional historical methods to generate new perspectives on large historical questions. Specialist areas of... [-]

MA Design Products

Royal College of Art
Campus Full time October 2018 United Kingdom London

The MA programme provides students who have already acquired knowledge and skills in various areas of design with an academic framework in which to continue to develop their own professional direction. The course takes a pluralistic view of the students’ ideas and interests and there is an atmosphere that encourages experimental, [+]

About the Programme The MA programme provides students who have already acquired knowledge and skills in various areas of design with an academic framework in which to continue to develop their own professional direction. The course takes a pluralistic view of the students’ ideas and interests and there is an atmosphere that encourages experimental, groundbreaking work, encouraging a critical approach and a questioning of accepted practices. The programme has a matrix structure comprised of horizontal teaching units, called Platforms, and a set of vertical themes, which cut across the Platforms. In the first year, students undergo an orientation period in the autumn term, and a diagnostic period in the spring term, experiencing the different design perspectives of the Platforms and the different themes through a set of project briefs. In the summer term, students elect a Platform to follow for the remainder of their studies, underpinned by one of the themes (or a theme of their own choosing). Each Platform is led by two tutors (who are practicing designers), and each theme is led by either a senior tutor or the head of programme, who work together to choose the content and area of focus they wish to concentrate on for the autumn and spring terms, and engage with the students through assigning briefs, and meeting with them on a weekly basis. In addition, students are taught a set of methods and tools, such a critical thinking, user-facing methods, that will underpin their work. Second-year students are expected to produce... [-]

MA in Interdisciplinary Design

Frederick University
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Cyprus Nicosia + 1 more

The MA in Interdisciplinary Design program encourages students to challenge and explore conventional boundaries of various art and design disciplines, borrowing and experimenting creatively. Interdisciplinary methodologies are investigated and applied aiming in the advancement and development of new and novel design discourses. [+]

Masters of Arts in Design. The MA in Interdisciplinary Design program encourages students to challenge and explore conventional boundaries of various art and design disciplines, borrowing and experimenting creatively. Interdisciplinary methodologies are investigated and applied aiming in the advancement and development of new and novel design discourses. The program encourages and respects critical theory as well as in depth understanding of material and the practice of making. Furthermore it offers a close relation with the professional industry and provides opportunities for collaboration on real life local and international projects. The program is anchored in the area of Design, allowing each individual student to follow the areas of expertise provided by two major streams, which reflect the needs of upcoming new industries: Creative Practice for Applied Design Creative Practice for Communication Design In the steam of Creative Practice for Applied Design students will be introduced to space and form alternatives, curatorial and displaying practices, object and materiality issues, installation and art aesthetics. In the stream of Creative Practice for Communication Design students will be introduced to new media, moving image, animation and web design, alternative visualizing methods, interactivity and materiality issues. In both cases students will be also introduced to the technologies that precede these topics. Students attending both streams will have the opportunity to work on real life projects, work and co-operate with active professionals from the design industry, deliver projects for clients coming from the public or private sector, as well as investigate their professional opportunities in a network... [-]

Master in Design

University of Lincoln
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2018 United Kingdom Lincolnshire + 1 more

This programme aims to give designers the opportunity to hone their creative and professional practice by working alongside academics and practitioners in a dynamic and interdisciplinary studio environment. [+]

This programme aims to give designers the opportunity to hone their creative and professional practice by working alongside academics and practitioners in a dynamic and interdisciplinary studio environment.

The Lincoln School of Design offers you the creative freedom to explore your chosen discipline and the chance to develop your critical practice. You can join an international community of creative practitioners and researchers with numerous opportunities to collaborate with fellow designers and build a network of industry contacts.

Days Taught

Full-time: throughout the week / Part-time: Monday.

How You Study

Due to the broad remit of the subject, there are four possible pathways within the MA Design programme from which students can choose:... [-]


Master of Arts and Design

John Naisbitt University
Campus Full time October 2018 Serbia Belgrade

The main objective of the Master of Arts and Design study program at the Faculty of Art and Design, is the development of knowledge, implementation and development of the artistic skills of students through the Master work. With the help of a mentor, students develop their scientific and artistic skills through lectures, workshops, study trips and various presentations. [+]

Masters of Arts in Design. The main objective of the Master of Arts and Design study program at the Faculty of Art and Design, is the development of knowledge, implementation and development of the artistic skills of students through the Master work. With the help of a mentor, students develop their scientific and artistic skills through lectures, workshops, study trips and various presentations. Study program is a two-semester interdisciplinary theoretical continuation of undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Arts and Design, directed towards acquiring the necessary education for deeper understanding of the postulates and standards in the field of contemporary art and design, and creative phenomenon and their changing through creativity, in line with modern technological or visual demands of the market. Degree (academic title) Master applied artist. Enrolment Candidates eligible to apply to the master studies must have representational works in their related module studies. Students should confirm the knowledge of business English by submitting a valid certificate or to take the exam before the Committee. The Committee is composed of three English language teaches employed at John Naisbitt University. The Committee may on the basis of Certificate of passed exams in English allow the student not to take the test. Students must also submit a short resume and a cover letter. The number of students who can enrol is 15. *The program requires a Serbian language pre-course, which is organized by the Center for career development, consueling and life-long learning within the University. The course lasts for two... [-]

MA Design

LASALLE College of the Arts
Campus Full time August 2018 Singapore Buona Vista area

What is the role of design and the designer in today’s fast-changing world? As technologies progress rapidly, so do the possibilities of what constitutes design expand. Along with the growth of societies, as communities reimagine themselves, the designer’s canvas evolves as well from not only creating solutions, to preserving the values and thinking behind them in response to constrained resources as diverse needs increase. [+]

What is the role of design and the designer in today’s fast-changing world? As technologies progress rapidly, so do the possibilities of what constitutes design expand. Along with the growth of societies, as communities reimagine themselves, the designer’s canvas evolves as well from not only creating solutions, to preserving the values and thinking behind them in response to constrained resources as diverse needs increase. Therefore as design exists within an increasingly complex and interconnected world, we need to emphasise the social, environmental and downstream impact of designed products, services and systems. We will need to factor in not just market-driven forces and material possibilities, but what the making process itself means. This is why the practices of Design and Design Research are increasingly important across industry contexts, whereby we rethink not only the makeup of the solutions, but the process of inquiry that generate those solutions as well. The complexity and unpredictability of the problems we face entails that solving them will require us to bring multi-disciplinary skills, expertise and processes to bear on any one problem, as not one domain of expertise has the monopoly on the solution. As more individuals and organisations recognise this, designers today are applying their craft in a staggering variety of contexts, from products to services, organisations, systems and policies, beyond the previous conventional domains of design. Against this backdrop, we have designed the MA Design programme to respond to the important role of design in re-imagining the world we live in. You will... [-]

MA in Design

Hunan University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  September 2018 China Hunan Henan + 2 more

We aim to cultivate student who have solid theoretical foundation and excellent research ability, and based on the Chinese culture foundation and international perspective, have a strong ability to [+]

MA in Design

We aim to cultivate student who have solid theoretical foundation and excellent research ability, and based on the Chinese culture foundation and international perspective, have a strong ability to combined sensibility and rationality, science and art to adapt to the modern design requirements and future design current, able to engage in research, teaching and management works in related fields of art and design. Research Area:1. Product design and design systems

2. Digital media design and identity design

3. Design history and design strategy

4. Environment and art design Education system and cultivation mode:1. We accept flexible educational system, study period is 2-4 years, and the first school year will finish all specialized courses.... [-]


Master of Culture and Arts - Design

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences
Online & Campus Combined August 2018 Finland Kouvola Kotka Mikkeli + 1 more

The scope of the degree programme is 60 cr, of which 30 cr is for the development project thesis. The studies last approximately 1.5 years [+]

Master of Culture and Arts - Design

Higher University of Applied Sciences Degree in Design

The scope of the degree programme is 60 cr, of which 30 cr is for the development project thesis. The studies last approximately 1.5 years.

The language of instruction is English. The studies will begin in autumn 2012, 18 student places.

The degree programme is designated for students having a BA degree either in industrial design, technology, business, interior architecture or other applicable academic degree together with a minimum of three years working life experience after completing their BA degree.

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Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology)

National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Campus Part time 24  August 2018 Singapore

The programme - Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology) aims to provide education and training to professionals with instructional design processes, and to broaden the knowledge base and skills of professionals who are applying, [+]

Program Objectives

The programme aims to provide education and training to professionals with instructional design processes, and to broaden the knowledge base and skills of professionals who are applying, managing and developing information technologies in school and in corporate environments.

Programme Details

The Master of Arts (Instructional Design and Technology) programme is designed for education and training professionals working in schools, universities, polytechnics, businesses and industries and e-learning environments. It is concerned with the application, development and management of information technologies, including e-learning, for solving instructional problems in school and corporate learning environments.... [-]