The Master of Design, offered by the School of Industrial Design, is an interdisciplinary 2-year program focused on research for, on and through design. The School of Industrial Design provides a collaborative graduate studio space, a variety of prototyping and experimental labs, and more. A key aspect of the program is an interdisciplinary thesis co-supervised by a professor from the School of Industrial Design and a professor in another discipline from Business, Anthropology, Psychology, Music, Engineering, Science, Architecture and other disciplines depending on the faculty member’s area of interest and research.

Students examine and incorporate multi-faceted design principles and practices that contribute to the strategic value of design. Areas of research include:

  • Accessibility, Inclusion, Universal Design
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Design Education
  • Design Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extreme Environments
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Product Design
  • Service Design (Public and Corporate)
  • Social Innovation
  • Strategic Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • User Experience (UX) Design

Degrees Offered

Career Options
Ottawa, as Canada’s capital and high-tech hub, is an ideal place to study design. Our faculty and students work in collaboration with a variety of organizations including technology companies such as IBM; healthcare research institutes and hospitals such as Bruyère Research Institute, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; regional and federal museums such as the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (Ingenium); the National Research Council of Canada; Transport Canada; the National Capital Commission, and more. Many career opportunities are just down the road, positioning our graduates to play a strategic role in championing design in a variety of enterprises, including academic institutions.

Fall Application Deadline
February 28, to be eligible for funding.

Admission Requirements
A bachelor’s degree in a design discipline, or the academic equivalent, with at least a B+ standing. Applicants with a design related background, without 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.

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