Social Design, M.A. | Maryland Institute College of Art | Baltimore, United States
12 months
51870 USD/year
51870 USD/year
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The first degree-bearing program of its kind, Maryland Institute College of Art’s MA in Social Design is an intensive, practice-based graduate program that prepares creative changemakers with the tools and methods to advance equity and social justice and become pioneers and leaders in the practice.


Throughout the 1-year Social Design program from Maryland Institute College of Art, students will:

  • Increase Social Literacy—Develop a deeper understanding of the issues of equity, power, race and privilege that exist at the heart of the social problems we aim to address.
  • Deepen Design Literacy—Establish an ethical framework to guide personal practice and learn human-centered design methods to build empathy with and engage people in making and doing.
  • Create Professional Pathways—MA in Social Design alumni are pioneering and innovative leaders in the public, private, non-profit, entrepreneurial and academic sectors. Click here for a snapshot of what our alumni are doing.

Who Should Apply

An ideal candidate for the M.A. in Social Design would be a professional, practitioner, or recent graduate who:

  • believes design and the design process can, and should, play a role in advancing equity and social justice;
  • can offer a unique perspective to the program;
  • is prepared for a collaborative, immersive, hands-on graduate experience;
  • is excited about and able to work collaboratively with different disciplines, knowledge bases, and points of view;
  • is interested in developing and cultivating a personal point of view and approach to social design;
  • has worked or studied in a relevant field including (but not limited to), design, architecture, business, writing, anthropology, sociology, public health, fine arts, engineering, environmental studies, non-profit, and more.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Practice-Based Studio
  • Social Design Studio
  • Social Design Seminar
  • Design Methodologies
  • Design Literacies
  • Social Literacies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate Admission Application Form: completed and submitted online
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • M.A. in Social Design Written Statement
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference
  • Proof of Degree or Equivalent
  • Applicants should submit 18-20 digital images or time-based work for review online
  • $75 Application Fee
  • International candidates whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25935 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    51870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25935 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Baltimore

1240 - 2100 USD /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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