How to apply
Application procedures for the Master of Design (MDes) program
Prepare your application
Prepare the documents to include in your online application:
- A statement of purpose indicating specific interest in the Master of Design program and how it relates to long-term academic, personal and professional goals (maximum 2 pages)
- Research proposal
- Curriculum vitae
- Proof of citizenship
- IELTS/TOEFL Language Requirement (international applicants) The language of instruction at Concordia is English.
If your primary language is not English, you must write a pre-admission proficiency test. Proof of proficiency in English must be provided by achieving the appropriate score.
The research proposal (maximum 5 pages) should include well-formulated research questions, addressing the theoretical frameworks in which questions will be addressed, potential outcomes, and a justification of the relevance of the topic. The proposal must also include an assessment of the feasibility of the proposed research over three consecutive semesters, demonstrating evidence of knowledge and skills relevant to the program and proposed area of concentration.
Admission is contingent on the availability of appropriate faculty members in the Department of Design and Computation Arts for the proposed project. Supervisor agreements are made during the first semester.
Your online application requires the contact information of three (3) referees:
- affiliated institutions
- email addresses (college/university or company email)
Your referees will then receive an email inviting them to complete an electronic assessment form and attach their letter of reference. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your referees to confirm they received this email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before your program’s application deadline in order to give your referees sufficient time to provide their assessment and letter of reference.
Assemble your portfolio
Submission deadline: January 15
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative artworks up to a maximum of 15 creative/research works. Your portfolio and letter of purpose must be uploaded through the department's web application. The portfolio must not be uploaded to the Admissions Application Centre.
Each work included in your portfolio should be presented with care. Take the time to document your work properly and collate individual works into a portfolio that is assembled into a structured and cohesive portfolio submission.
The Department reserves the right to refuse any portfolios that do not conform to the guidelines.