NSCAD University - Graduate Studies

Design (MDes)

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Program Information

School:NSCAD University - Graduate Studies
Degree:Master
Field of Study:Design and Applied Arts, Other
Description: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.
URL:Design (MDes) at NSCAD University - Graduate Studies
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $5,043
National: $5,684

Cost per year includes tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 82] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 69] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or CanTEST [min. 4.5]

The language of instruction at the university is English. Required courses in all Graduate Programs include small group seminars in which discussion, reading, and writing at the graduate level are expected. International applicants for whom English is a second language must submit evidence of their ability to carry on studies in English. Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit evidence of their ability to carry on studies in English. Please refer to NSCAD's detailed English Language Requirement. International applicants for whom English is a second language must arrange for the results of an English language test to be sent directly to the university. The the MFA program​ may offer conditional acceptance, based on language scores.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio

* 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 October 24, 2017