Design and Computation Arts offers specialized resources in its Visual Communication Lab (print, book binding), Sensor Lab (electronics, LED’s, arduino, textiles, soft surfaces) and Computation Lab (programming, specialized software). Students benefit from the support of technical staff in state of the art facilities including highly equipped workshops (for wood, metal, plastic) and the latest technologies in CNC fabrication, such as laser cutters and 3D Printers.
The Faculty’s Centre for Digital Arts provides computer labs, technological services for video and sound editing, and a wide variety of equipment including dv cameras, HD video cameras, audio recorders, etc.
Depending on their research, graduate students also have access to Concordia University research centres including the Hexagram network for research-creation in media arts, design, technology and digital culture. Hexagram is Canada’s largest arts and design based new media lab. It is recognized for its multidisciplinary research and plays a significant role in shaping cultural debates on the national and international stage.
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.