The new Master of Arts in Design Research (MA in Design Research) has admitted its first class for Fall 2022.
|Master of Design (MDes)||Master of Arts in Design Research (MA in Design Research)|
|The Master of Design’s 5-semester experience gives students the opportunity to transform their practice and shape the trajectory of their career. Under the guidance and support of a supervisor, students receive training to pursue original research, whether that is a matter of questioning the discipline, fostering social change, or advancing services through human-centered exploration. The program begins with coursework and culminates in a design project and a written thesis document that reflects each student’s personal direction for design practice.|
The Master of Design (MDes) is the terminal professional degree in the design field. Persons who may in the future wish to seek a tenure-stream position in design education require a terminal degree.
| For designers who want to energize their practice, the MA in Design Research’s 3-semester applied emphasis allows a student to immediately transfer what they learned into the workplace. The MA shares the same curriculum as the first year of the MDes program but culminates in a 1-semester Major Research Project or Major Research Paper completed under the guidance and support of a supervisor rather than a 12-month thesis. The MA program helps students develop the applied research expertise needed in today’s workforce and offers practical and attainable means of developing a strong, forward-thinking contemporary practice. Students sharpen their design skills, gain exposure to design research methods, and learn to articulate the value of design-based innovation. |
The Master of Arts (MA) degree is ideal preparation for higher study and self-directed research. The MA is typically considered a gateway to the academic terminal degree, the PhD.
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.