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Design for Health (MDes)

OCAD University

Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Design and Applied Arts, Other
Length:20 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $12,451
International: $38,625


Designers affect the quality of life and well-being of individuals and entire populations through the designs they create. Today, some of the most exciting design work is being carried out in the broad and diverse field of health.

OCAD University’s Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Health offers you a unique opportunity to develop competency in the area of health design.


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    Application for admission into the Master’s in Design for Health will be competitive. Applicants must hold a bachelor degree in a design field, such as BA (in design studies), B.Arch., BED, BID, BDes, BSc, BEng or comparable honours degree/certification with a GPA of 75% (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional experience and expertise as a practitioner in a relevant discipline. All applicants must demonstrate creative and conceptual competence at a high level, as well as the clear potential for acquiring a sufficient level of expertise in the diverse disciplines relevant to this degree.
    Test Scores:
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 84] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
    A portfolio comprised of 10 examples of design work and a 750-word statement of interest will be required. For consideration by the admissions committee, and in addition to the basic application requirements outlined above, applicants need to complete and submit the following through SlideRoom: Statement of Interest - applicants should describe their key areas of interest in the health sector, detailing how their academic background and professional experience relate to their interests, and how their intended practice and research align with the objectives of the program. The proposal must be typed and approximately 750 words in length. If you are also applying for the AGE-WELL scholarship, please also describe in your Statement of Intent how your experience, expertise, and proposed area of interest/research aligns with AGE-WELL’s Goals and Priorities. AGE-WELL’s vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers; Design Portfolio - applicants must submit samples of relevant student or professional work produced in the last five years. Visual work, analytic reports, proposal documents etc. may be included. Applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in their primary design discipline(s). The applicant’s best work should be represented; Alternative Portfolio (for non-design applicants) - a limited number of candidates with ‘non- design’ qualifications and backgrounds such as engineering, computer science, public health and medicine may be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis, considering criteria such as professional and personal experience within the area of design for health. Requirements for applicants with non-design undergraduate degrees are the same as for design degree graduates, except that the portfolio should focus on providing sufficient documentation of experience relevant to health innovation; CV - applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.

    * 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.

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