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Welcome to the Graduate Program in Design

Master of Arts (MA), Master of Design (MDes)

The Graduate Program in Design is distinguished by its emphasis on design research through practice and its interdisciplinary approach to graphic design. Our degrees are built around the introduction and application of design research methods: In the first term we emphasize disciplinary inquiry that can be used to expand the possibilities of how we think about visual communication, and in the second term we emphasize human-centred methods that attempt to address many of the vexing issues facing society today. Our students learn rigorous processes that question, analyze, and interpret the role of design in contemporary culture and society.


The Master of Arts in Design Research (MA) and Master of Design (MDes) programs are currently on hiatus until further notice.

Special Opportunities

Conference participation

Dialogues with accomplished national and international visitors

Stimulating field trips

Featured Faculty

Rupsha Mutsuddi’s research is at the intersection of design, health management in everyday life, and accessibility. For her thesis, she is using a human-centered approach to understand daily rituals in everyday activities for persons living with dementia and their care partners.

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The Graduate Program in Design at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Student Program Assistant to learn more.