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Why do a master's at Concordia?

why do your masters at Concordia?

Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts has a longstanding international reputation for excellence. Its vibrant creative and intellectual culture fosters cutting-edge practice, research and scholarship in an environment that reflects the openness and diversity of contemporary culture. The Master’s of Design draws directly on the signature commitment by the Faculty of Fine Arts, as well as by Concordia University itself, to interdisciplinary, process-oriented teaching and research.

Our faculty

The program curriculum acknowledges design as integrative, rather than as a collection of discrete practices. Faculty members include 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

The faculty focuses on multidisciplinary research and creative practice ranging from philosophy and social activism to communication studies, history, semiotics, computer studies, Indigenous culture, food studies and material culture.

Research chairs

The Department of Design and Computation Arts has three Research Chairs:

  • Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology, And Sustainability (IDEAS) for the Built Environment
  • Concordia University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses
  • Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future

The Department’s philosophy emphasizes the cross-fertilization of theory and creative practice and, in keeping with this approach, many of the MDes seminars critically address the discipline of design by means of recent developments in such fields as critical theory, sustainability, ethnography, gender studies, ethics and material culture.



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.

Our location

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.

Projects, topics and supervision

projects & topics

In the Master of Design program, students will be benefitting from the expertise of internationally renowned faculty in a stimulating environment. They will develop professional skills in design to prepare them for a broad range of career prospects in both profit and not for profit organizations, academia, research centres, and design/creative industries. 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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