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Why choose Concordia's Department of Design and Computation Arts?


Our faculty and curriculum see design as integrative, rather than as a collection of discrete practices. They focus on multidisciplinary research and seamlessly blend creative practice with philosophy and social activism, communication studies, history, semiotics, computer studies, Indigenous culture, and much more.

Faculty members are accomplished academics and experts from a diversity of backgrounds including:

  • architecture
  • industrial design
  • graphic design
  • fashion design
  • game design
  • exhibition design
  • interaction design
  • sound design
  • new media
  • illustration
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The MDes program, immerses you in stimulating environment. Working closely with faculty, you will develop professional skills in design that will open doors to many different career paths in design/creative industries, not-for-profit organizations, academia and research centres.

The MDes program values the importance of critical inquiry and privileges intellectual exchange. Weekly meetings supervised by faculty constitute an important forum, where students can add depth and complexity to their ideas, in the formulation of their individual projects. Students have the opportunity, on a regular basis, to present their studio work at reviews attended by fellow students, faculty members, and invited critics. Committee members provide a focused response to this work and prepare students for their concluding research-creation project and exhibition.

Examples of potential topics and projects for the MDes include:

  • developing strategies for sustainable design
  • cultural and gender issues in design
  • service design
  • integrating cultural dimensions in information design
  • improving health through design
  • issues of legibility in graphic design
  • public space design
  • inclusive design
  • universal design
  • the built environment of the home
  • renewable energy and design
  • design and creativity
  • design and food studies
  • learning in augmented environments
  • new forms of interaction for game design
  • affective player experience and game design
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You will have professional tools, equipment, and technical support staff for all your projects and research in print, electronics, software, textiles and CNC fabrication. 

The Faculty’s Centre for Digital Arts provides computer labs, technological services for video and sound editing, and a wide variety of equipment including cameras, HD video cameras, audio recorders and microphones and more.

Depending on your research, you will likely have access to Concordia University research centres including the Hexagram network for research-creation in media arts, design, technology and digital culture. It is recognized for its multidisciplinary research and plays a significant role in shaping cultural debates on the national and international stage.

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Montreal - UNESCO City of Design

Concordia University’s location in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada, further enhances the Master’s of Design program. Montreal, a vibrant bilingual city, is distinctly positioned as an international leader in emergent design practices. The city was officially appointed a UNESCO City of Design in May 2006, a designation currently extended to a limited number of cities worldwide. This award highlights the fundamental role that design plays in the everyday lives of its citizens. The department is also a member of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices consisting currently of 226 members from 49 countries.

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