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Application information

Graduates of recognized universities and colleges will be considered for admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Admission requirements

Deadline: March 1st*

*To be considered for funding. August 31st if space and funds remain.

The University’s general policy on admission as outlined in Section 2.1 of the General Regulations in the Graduate Calendar must be met. For admission to the Master of Design program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in a design discipline, or the equivalent, with at least a B+ standing.

Applicants with a design-related background, but not a professional degree in design, will be required to demonstrate significant links between their academic background and professional experience working with designers in the design development process.

If you are uncertain if your background is right for the Master of Design program please feel free to contact the School. Our Graduate Co-cordinator would be pleased to speak with you. You may also find it interesting to take a look at the background of our current students.

The number of admissions is limited by the availability of graduate space and supervisory personnel. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not, in itself, guarantee admission. Priority will be given to applications of the highest quality and relevance.

Applying to graduate studies

Portfolio submission

The portfolio should provide the best examples of creative intellectual activity and recent professional work that indicates the applicant is sufficiently prepared to pursue studies in the program. These activities may be represented by proposals, reports, and/or analysis documents. Emphasis should be placed on evidence of understanding the communication of design ideas in visual form.

View portfolio guidelines

Financial support

Deadline: March 1st

Top ranked domestic students receive financial support from Carleton University in the form of teaching assistantships and scholarships based on academic excellence. Applicants do not need to apply for these types of assistantships or scholarships as all applicants will automatically be considered at the time of admission.

If offered admission, applicants will be notified of any funding in their Offer of Admission and Funding. Admission funding may take the form of Teaching Assistantships (TA) approximately $10,000 per year and Merit Scholarship (entrance funding) $1,000-$12,000 per year.

Students will receive their TA assignments based on their background and preferences. TA’s are selected to assist with Bachelor of Industrial Design undergraduate courses, both studio and lecture courses.

Graduate financial assistance

Statement of intent

The quality of the statement of intent is critical to the likelihood of your admission. The writing should be succinct and as carefully considered as the content of the statement, which should address at least the four following areas in a single page:

  • What is the area of intended research with specific reference to the program courses and the expertise of the faculty members
  • How your academic background and professional experience relates to the program with reference to any previous research, scholarship, or project experience with interdisciplinary or collaborative teams.
  • How the intended research program will align with the objectives of the program relating to Design Research; Strategic Design Planning; Knowledge Creation and Dissemination; and Interdisciplinary Design Development.
  • An explanation of the specific reasons for choosing the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University.

Supplementary forms

You need to upload your supplementary documents such as your Statement of Intent, Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Carleton Central. Other documents may also be uploaded. A complete list of what is required for your application can be found in the Supplemental forms section of your application.

Admission decision

The School of Industrial Design will review your application, which may not occur until after the application deadline has passed. To find out the status of your application, you will need to contact the School directly.

Once the School has selected the applicants we would like to admit, recommendations are made to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs for final approval. If approved, an email is sent to the you with an Offer of Admission and Funding and Statement of Standing on Admission.

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Applications are managed by the Graduate Admissions Department, and portfolios are submitted separately to the School of Industrial Design.