OCAD University

Inclusive Design (MDes)

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Program Information

School:OCAD University
Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Design and Applied Arts, Other
Description:Our Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design offers graduate students a unique opportunity to become global leaders in the emerging field of inclusive design in information and communication technologies (ICT) and practices. Inclusive Design encompasses the full range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and age. Led by an accomplished and diverse faculty, our students are urged to think differently in order to break through existing societal barriers to address the growing global demand for inclusively designed digital technologies, products and services.

Initially, our program focuses on building expertise in ICT and practices. From there, it expands to incorporate larger components of industrial and environmental design, graphic communication and relevant arts/design areas with connection to digital technologies and ICT systems. This comprehensive curriculum prepares graduates for doctoral programs or careers across multiple sectors that engage digital media and ICT systems, including government and education, entertainment, arts, culture, health, communication design and more. Our MDes in Inclusive Design is a full-time, low-residency, two-year program with an executive-style delivery format to accommodate the needs of working professionals and international students. It is comprises: two two-week summer residencies, seminar courses delivered in a highly interactive online format throughout the year, a major research project, and a culminating festival and graduate symposium
URL:Inclusive Design (MDes) at OCAD University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $10,379
International: $14,830

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Statement of Intent: 1,000 words maximum that describes the applicant’s key area of intended research in the program, how their academic background and professional experience relates to the program, and how the intended research aligns with the objectives of the program. Appendices including bibliography may be included. Samples of Work: Representative samples of relevant student or professional work produced in the last five years. Software, user-experience designs, analysis reports, proposal documents, web applications and websites, may be included. CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on January 31, 2018

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