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Design Innovation

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

24 months
800 USD/credit 24000 USD/year
800 USD/credit 24000 USD/year
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The Design Innovation program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design is designed to teach students how to effectively define and solve a problem, and to impart critical leadership skills for mobilizing and motivating teams toward successful outcomes. Graduates of the program will be poised to lead the design and planning of new products, services, environments, system and organizations.


The Design Innovation program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design integrates deep expertise in design practice with business discipline in a broad-based curriculum that uses market challenges and social initiatives as the context for learning.

The curriculum is constructed so that each semester leads students through a structured path that sequentially emphasizes four key skills areas: empathy, analysis, contextual understanding and communication. It applies a human-centric, holistic, and iterative approach to blending design and business thinking.

Classes are co-taught by design and business professors in a fully integrated, collaborative teaching model.

Learning Outcomes

  • Design and develop experience design, service design and cross-disciplinary design projects
  • Develop empathy and understanding relating to client/constituency needs and to the creation of solutions that resonate with them
  • Ability to systematically deconstruct and analyze problems, synthesize findings, and come to creative solutions applicable to business and design
  • Understand the role of design in culture and commerce
  • Develop the contextual language of business and design, and gain business skills relative to the creative economy
  • Gain communication skills relative to leadership, business, and multiple audiences
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s design practice and in the discipline of design
  • Develop the aesthetic sensitivity, technical competence, awareness and analytical thought necessary to design solutions for social, economic, environmental and global challenges

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Off-site Retreat
  • Experience Design Lab I (Team Project Studio)
  • Storytelling Studio (Individual Studio) 
  • Design Innovation Lab
  • Managerial Accounting for Designers 
  • Open Studio Elective

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications received after the Priority Deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Form
  • $90 Application fee
    • Statement of Purpose: A one-to-two page statement describing your reasons for applying to MassArt, the Master of Architecture program and the planned direction of your future work. Note any recent developments that support your decision to apply.•
    • Resume: List professional accomplishments including exhibitions and awards, as well as professional or other activities that convey a sense of your commitment to a life in the arts.
    • Post-Secondary/College Transcripts (unofficial copies): Submit transcripts of all previous college level academic work. Transcripts must be translated into English for review.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Portfolio
    • Interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 800 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    24000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 800 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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