OCAD University

Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

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Program Information

School:OCAD University
Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Design and Applied Arts, Other
Description:The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation is creating a new kind of designer: A strategist who sees the world from a human perspective and re-thinks what is possible; An innovator who can imagine, plan and develop a better world. Recognizing the increasing importance and need for new thinking skills to positively impact society, enhance business success and manage organizational change, this innovative program was launched in 2009 to address these issues and opportunities. Emphasis is placed on teaching complex problem finding, framing and solving, to envision and develop sustainable futures. With an interdisciplinary, co-creative approach only possible at an art and design university, the entrepreneur, social scientist, artist, designer, and engineer will develop together the skills required for leading innovation. Our program prepares graduates to think holistically - exploring, challenging and finding meaning in order to reframe and guide both present and future actions. Small class sizes and access to outstanding faculty and experts foster new learning opportunities: students practise foresight to envision possible futures; study systems to see the bigger picture; and explore human factors for a broader understanding of motivation and behaviour. This allows students to lead innovation, generating insight-driven ideas that will result in new possibilities, new outcomes and new opportunities for the world.
URL:Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes) at OCAD University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $8,575
International: $15,778

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: 800 to 1,000 words that describe significant personal or professional experiences which have shaped the applicant’s goals, how the SFI program can support the applicant in meeting those goals, as well as a brief description of a topic area or challenge for which the applicant would be interested in conducting research, including a rationale for its potential value. A student may change the research topic prior to embarking on his/her major research topic. A bibliography and relevant examples of work may be included. The statement serves to assist us in better understanding the alignment between the objectives of the SFI program and of the applicant. Samples of Work: Please submit relevant professional and/or student work produced in the last five years. Applicants are encouraged to include the best examples of work that are typical of the variety of work they have done. Diversity in experience in the cv should be evident in the portfolio. Visual work, analysis reports and proposal documents may be included. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of their disciplinary/professional work. CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae. Applicants should include information regarding educational achievement, professional practice and community service.

* 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 July 25, 2017

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