Emily Carr University of Art + Design

24 months
15288 CAD/year
15288 CAD/year
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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.

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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.

Programme Structure


  • Graduate Design Studio I
  • Design Research Methods I
  • Contemporary Dialogues in Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
84 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Your Foundation portfolio has three components:

  •  10 to 15 examples of your work

You should submit 10 to 15 examples of your most recent work that best represents your diversity of interests and skills.

  • One additional project of your choice
  • Written response

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15288 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7644 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15288 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7644 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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