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What will I learn?

Inclusive Design advances accessibility, and encompasses the full range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and age. Inclusive Design recognizes that we aren’t all the same. Design must be usable, flexible, and customizable among other qualities to be truly inclusive. From policies, customer service, infrastructure, technology, buildings to everyday products—we can design so that everyone can be accommodated and included.

MASTER OF DESIGN IN INCLUSIVE DESIGN

This program is primarily delivered through an online technology and learning system. It is the only one of its kind in Canada. We offer you the opportunity to become uniquely qualified as a global leader in the growing field of inclusive design.

You will learn to think differently and aim to break through societal barriers to address the growing demand for access and inclusion

The program benefits from accomplished faculty engaged with multi-disciplinary research and design practices, and you will bring valuable and diverse insights from your own educational and professional experiences, to both study and research projects.

You will explore equity and access issues through the lens of design thinking, leveraged by the application of inclusive digital technologies

The program prepares graduates for doctoral programs or advanced careers in:

Digital Media and ICT Systems

Public Sector Policy and Administration

Design for Built Environments

Arts and Culture

Healthcare sector

Graphic and Communication Design.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

The program accommodates the needs of working professionals and international students. The full-time two-year program includes:

Two-week, on-campus, residential intensives in both the first and second year of the program

Seminar courses delivered in a highly interactive online format throughout the year

A major research project in the second year of the program that will position you at the leading edge of inclusive design thinking

Colloquium session in second year, open to the public

A culminating festival and graduate symposium

You will co-create your pathway through the program with opportunities for elective courses in both the first and second year of the program

Seminar courses are delivered through both online and face-to-face sessions that support students learning both remotely and on campus. Coursework includes group projects, online discussion forums, and contribution from guest experts and leading innovators in the field of inclusive design. Research positions and assistantships are available throughout the program as opportunities arise with the Inclusive Design Research Centre, and both private and public sector funded projects.

All courses and class materials are accessible and assistance is available for students with English as a second language, and for those experiencing other challenges for learning and coursework.

Intensive on-campus ‘residencies’, consist of two full courses, and take place in each of the two summer terms. Students are required to attend these classes and activities on campus at OCAD University in Toronto.

Which department am I in?

Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,641.00 (US$ 13,451) per year
Summer fee: CAN $7,661
Application deadline

Expected March 2022

Start date

Expected May 2022

Venue

Graduate Studies

OCAD University,

100 McCaul Street,

TORONTO,

Ontario (ON),

M5T 1W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application for admission into the Master’s in Design for Health is 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. English Language Requirements: TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) Overall score of 90 and no scores below the following: 22 Reading, 20 Listening, 22 Writing, 22 Speaking. If TOEFL IBT is not available a minimum PBT (paper-based test) TOEFL of 600 and essay of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall score of 7, and at least a 7 on each of the academic modules.

For international students

The application process for admission into the Master of Design in Inclusive Design at OCAD U is highly competitive. Applicants must hold a BA, BDes, BComm, BEng, BSc, BFA or comparable honours degree/certification in a program that provides a foundational grounding in information and communication systems and practices (e.g., Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Studies, Culture and Technology or similar field) with an average of 75 per cent (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional experience/expertise as a practitioner in a relevant discipline. All applicants must demonstrate creative, technical 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 to create a truly innovative, germane and implementable project at the master’s level.

English language competency

TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) Overall score of 90 and no scores below the following: 22 Reading, 20 Listening, 22 Writing, 22 Speaking.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall score of 7, and at least a 7 on each of the academic modules.

Duolingo English Test – 120

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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