Master of Design

Over the past fifty years, the designer’s role has shifted from a preoccupation with form and style to a focus on solving problems of communication and human interaction, and on the creation and support of human activities, services and processes through the mediating influence of products.

The Master of Design is a 60-credit program (effective September 2018). At the core of the program are three graduate design studio courses in which the students work select projects. In appropriate circumstances, these projects may be for outside clients.

In addition to the required course work, students undertake a thesis/degree project, which should be a substantial piece of original practice-led research. The Division of Design considers "design research" to be rooted in the practice of design; Thesis Projects should have a theoretical foundation but will be primarily visual and practical, with an emphasis on the application of design thinking.

For Students whose First Language is not English
For qualified students whose English abilities are not at Canadian university level, we offer conditional acceptance to enable students to complete an ESL program before entering one of NSCAD’s programs.

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Application Deadlines

Master of DesignJanuary 15

Master of Fine ArtsJanuary 15

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