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Master of Design (MDes) by Research Emily Carr University of Art and Design




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Rethink, Renew and Redesign your future with a Master of Design.

Examine and explore the dynamic and ever-changing nature of design.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, MDes is a two-year, full-time, research-oriented, interdisciplinary degree for creative professionals at the forefront of design. As a graduate, you will be poised to take leadership roles across a diverse range of established and emerging professions.

Rethink by drawing upon your knowledge and experience to push the boundaries and purposes of design by integrating design research methodologies within theoretical and experimental frameworks.

Renew your design practice by engaging in independent and collaborative advanced-level research, studio practice, prototyping, co-creation methods, and critical studies, to develop a rigorous critical framework synthesizing research, theory, and practice.

Redesign your own research and approach within a range of established and emerging fields including: Health Design, Recreation Design, Soft Product Design, Communication Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, Sustainable Design, and Service Systems Design.

Research Assistantships and teaching opportunities provide you with valuable professional experience to complement your studies. Research opportunities through Canada's most intensive art, design, and media Research Area take you deeper into your practice.

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Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

CAD$17,998.00 (9,73,029) per year

CAN $599.93 per credit




Emily Carr University of Art and Design

520 East 1st Avenue,


British Columbia (BC),

V5T 0H2, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

If you are applying to the Master of Design degree, you must hold a recognized 4 year Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Media Arts, or Bachelor of Architecture degree or a comparable degree/experience.

Your minimum grade point average must be 3.0 (B) or higher from an accredited university or institute.

Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, must present one of the following English Language Proficiency tests:

  • TOEFL iBT Internet-Based Test: minimum of 90 out of 120 points including a minimum score in each of the four skills; Speaking 22/30, Reading 22/30, Writing 22/30 and Listening 20/30.
  • IELTS Academic Module International English Language Testing System: minimum band 7.0 including a minimum score in each component; Speaking 7.0, Reading 7.0, Writing 7.0 and Listening 6.5.
  • CAEL Canadian Academic English Language assessment test: minimum level of 80 across all band descriptors.
  • PTE Academic Pearson Test of English Academic: minimum score of 66
  • CAE Cambridge English Advanced minimum overall score of 185 with a minimum score in each skill as follows: speaking 185; reading 185; writing 185; listening 176
  • CPE Cambridge Proficiency Examination: minimum overall score of 185 with a minimum score in each skill as follows: speaking 185; reading 185; writing 185; listening 176
  • MELAB Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: minimum level of 81

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