Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

Design (MDes)

Program Information

School:Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Fine Art
Degree:Master
Field of Study:Design and Visual Communications, General
Description:The two-year Master of Design program provides an opportunity for students to broaden their theoretical knowledge of design and focus on innovative research in the areas of visual communication, the built environment, interaction design and design studies. The MDes program offers a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues through a project-based or academic research.

In contrast to traditional design education in which disciplines such as graphic or industrial design are segmented and separated, the program identifies and synthesizes connections between the visual, the built, and the interactive so that integrated, experimental and collaborative aspects of design practice emerge. Most importantly, the program distinguishes itself by putting the emphasis on issues that deal with sustainability (ecological, social, and economic) as a strategy and a philosophy fundamental for the future of design theory and practice. The program also recognizes the importance of approaching design through sensorial as well as cognitive investigation.
URL:Design (MDes) at Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $13,517

Approximate total program costs in Canadian dollars (based on 2016-2017 rates). Amounts include tuition, compulsory fees, health and dental plan as well as international health insurance.


These are estimations of tuition fees for students enrolled in a fall term and who complete all degree requirements in 4 consecutive terms (45-credit Master's programs).

To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia and learn how tuition fees are calculated visit, concordia.ca/tuitionandfees

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
  • Portfolio
Students interested in applying to the program should submit a portfolio of creative work, writing samples, a letter of intent, and a five-page preliminary research proposal.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 28, 2017

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