24 months
43889 USD/credit 1316670 USD/year
37489 USD/credit 1124670 USD/year
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The Master of Design (MDes) program offered by Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a practice based, research-oriented degree for creative professionals at the forefront of design.


Key facts

  • Rooted and actively engaged in the ecology, ethics and politics of design, Emily Carr University’s MDes programs are for designers who take risks, think unconventionally, seek to foster change, and actively contribute to local and global cultural ecologies.
  • The Design programs are built on critical, practice-based creative research. Throughout your time at  Emily Carr University of Art + Design, faculty, staff and peers will contribute to your professional development by mentoring, challenging and supporting you as you work to uncover, cultivate and refine your thesis project, a creative product comprising both a practical and written component. With the assistant and supervision of a faculty mentor, your thesis project will be fostered in-studio classes and research seminars by skilled faculty with a diverse range of design expertise.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

If you are applying to the Master of Design degrees, you must hold a recognized four-year Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Media Arts, or Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Applicants holding a Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field may apply. Applicants holding a three-year Bachelor's degree may apply if it is equivalent to a four-year Canadian degree.

Your minimum grade point average must be 3.0 (B) or higher from an accredited university or institute.

Applicants must submit a portfolio and supporting documents online. Supporting documents include:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Video Question

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1316670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 43889 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    1124670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37489 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

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


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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