Design, Master | San José State University | San Jose, United States
24 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Master of Design (MDes) graduate program at San José State University offers advanced and rigorous studies in design with unique specializations in the areas of Animation and Experience Design.


Strategically located in California's Silicon Valley, at the center of a globally renowned technology and innovation hub, the Master of Design (MDes) program at San José State University sits at the intersection of technology, industry and academia.

With a focus on current, emerging and experimental professional practices, the MDes is an incubator for new ideas and methods. The MDes degree is comparable to an MFA and is considered a terminal degree in the fields of animation and design.

Learning outcomes

  • Utilize creative research methodologies to investigate, discover, and understand complex problems.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate creative projects that consider technological, ecological, socio-economic, and/or global contexts.
  • Employ creative practice and technology to conceptualize unique solutions for complex problems as part of a culminating project.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create, participate in and lead interdisciplinary and collaborative creative projects.

Programme Structure

Courses in this program include:

  • CG Animation
  • Lighting
  • Rendering
  • Building Interactivity in Animation and Games 
  • Experience Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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30 SCH



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General requirements

  • Prospective students should have a demonstrable academic and/or professional background in the following areas: graphic design, industrial design, product design, user-experience design, user-interface design, interaction design, data visualization, information design, and/or other related disciplines.
  • In order to apply, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution while also maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • For the Specialization in Experience Design: an online portfolio of work with at least 10 projects exhibited.
  • For the Specialization in Animation: submit a portfolio and/or animation reel with at least 10 projects exhibited.
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A one-page statement of purpose explaining why you are pursuing a graduate degree in experience design or animation. Must also include a preliminary master’s project proposal.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.

Non-resident students pay basic registration fees plus $396 per unit.

Living costs for San Jose

1740 - 3150 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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