Design, Master | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
24 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Design MDes is a research-focused program at Carleton University for candidates with prior design training or professional experience who want to probe more deeply into the theoretical and research issues related to design research, interdisciplinary design development and strategic design planning that adds new knowledge to the design field.


The Design MDes program at Carleton University enables graduates to positively affect the greater integration of design principles, methodologies and interdisciplinary design development processes into private and public sector business practice. The School of Industrial Design provides a collaborative graduate studio space, a sensor lab and prototyping labs.

Career Opportunities

  • Ottawa, as a capital and the hub of high tech industry of Canada, is an ideal place to study industrial design. More than 70,000 people are employed in the region’s 1,700 high tech companies, government sectors and worldclass government research and development laboratories, many of whom engage with our MDes students on a regular basis. 
  • This includes the Natural Research Council (NRC) Canada, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and IBM, as well as various medical institutions and a multitude of federal and private museums in the national capital region. Many career opportunities are just down the road, positioning our graduates to play a strategic role in championing design in a variety of enterprises, including academic institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directed Studies in Industrial Design
  • Interdisciplinary Design Development Seminar
  • Design Research Methods
  • Interdisciplinary Design Development Studio
  • Accessibility and Inclusive Design Seminar
  • Special Topics in Industrial Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in a design discipline, or the academic equivalent, with at least a B+ standing. 
  • Applicants with a designrelated background, without a professional degree in design, will be required to demonstrate significant links between their academic background and professional experience working with designers in the design development process. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18463 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18463 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6657 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

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