Master's Degrees in Design

Our Master of Design (MDes) is a practice based, research-oriented degree for creative professionals at the forefront of design.

The program supports critical, practice-based creative research, combining instruction from expert faculty with independent supervised thesis research.

Throughout your degree, you will cultivate your thesis project. Your thesis project is a creative product comprised of a practical and written component. Your chosen area of work and thesis development will be fostered in studio classes, and research seminars by skilled faculty with a diverse range of design expertise. Further guidance will be provided by your thesis supervisor.

This program is for designers who take risks, think unconventionally, seek to foster change, and actively contribute to local and global cultural economies.

Students can join an interdisciplinary program or an interaction design focused program. We offer a variety of established design fields and approaches to situate your own research within, including:

Industrial DesignExhibition DesignInteraction Design
Service Systems DesignCommunication DesignMaterial Practice
Sustainable DesignCritical DesignDesign for Social Innovation
Speculative DesignHealth DesignParticipatory Design
Textile Product DesignInclusive DesignWood Product Design

The Master of Design program [at] Emily Carr has enabled me to meet and collaborate with some of the brightest minds in the creative industry. As a creative professional this allows me to expand the conceptual and intellectual scope of my work, thus elevating my work in the increasingly global market.

Jonathan Yaputra, MDes 2020 Candidate