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
April 1, to be eligible for funding. Early submission is January 15 (domestic applications will be assessed starting from this day, and offers made).

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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