Master of Design

ReThink, ReNew and ReDesign your future with a Master of Design.

Examine and explore the dynamic and ever-changing nature of design.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, MDes is a two-year, full-time, research-oriented, interdisciplinary degree for creative professionals at the forefront of design. As a graduate, you will be poised to take leadership roles across a diverse range of established and emerging professions.

ReThink by drawing upon your knowledge and experience to push the boundaries and purposes of design by integrating design research methodologies within theoretical and experimental frameworks.

ReNew your design practice by engaging in independent and collaborative advanced-level research, studio practice, prototyping, co-creation methods, and critical studies, to develop a rigorous critical framework synthesizing research, theory, and practice.

ReDesign your own research and approach within a range of established and emerging fields including: Health Design, Recreation Design, Soft Product Design, Communication Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, Sustainable Design, and Service Systems Design.

Research Assistantships and teaching opportunities provide you with valuable professional experience to complement your studies. Research opportunities through Canada's most intensive art, design, and media Research Area take you deeper into your practice.

Master design.

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Program Overview

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Emily Carr University - A Community of Design

A short documentary exploring the design program at Emily Carr and the different types of design taught. Four stories demonstrate how Emily Carr’s students and researchers respond through design to the changing needs of our community and the world around us. Produced by Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Created by Giant Ant, an alumni based company.