The two-year Master of Design program allows students to broaden their knowledge of design in the fields of visual communication, the built environment, interaction design and design studies. The MDes program provides a creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues through project-based academic research. The program focuses on sustainability (ecological, social, and economic) as a philosophy fundamental to the future of design theory and practice. We also recognize the importance of sensorial and cognitive investigation in design. In parallel with the theory and methods seminars, the students develop their research through a creative project.
Undergraduate degree or graduate diploma in design or equivalent in a relevant undergraduate degree program.
High academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.30.
Portfolio of creative work, writing samples, a letter of intent and a five-page preliminary research proposal.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.