The Master of Design (MDes) is a research-focused program for candidates with prior design training or professional experience who want to probe more deeply into the theoretical and research issues related to design research, interdisciplinary design development and strategic design planning that adds new knowledge to the design field. The MDes program enables graduates to positively affect the greater integration of design principles, methodologies and interdisciplinary design development processes into private and public sector business practice. The School of Industrial Design provides a collaborative graduate studio space, a sensor lab and prototyping labs.

A Collaborative Specialization in Accessibility is available.

Capital Advantage

Ottawa is an ideal place to study with many industry and world-class government research and development laboratories who engage with our MDes students on a regular basis. This includes the National Research Council, National Capital Commission, various medical institutions and a multitude of federal and private museums only found in the national capital region. Many career opportunities are just down the road.

Program Information

Length: 2 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: February 28

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Contact:  Graduate Program Coordinator, Prof. Chiara Del Gaudio 

Experiential Learning: Studio work

Pathway Options: Thesis

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