The York University Master of Design (MDes) was the first graduate program in graphic design established in Ontario. It is a two-year full-time program for students looking to challenge the conventions of their design experience. Our program accepts talented, highly motivated applicants, interested in a challenging, experimental and intellectually rigorous approach to research and the practice of design in a contemporary context. The MDes program immerses students in an intense environment where they develop their individual and creative potential. The two-year experience begins with coursework and culminates in a thesis project that reflects each student's personal direction.

Experience Grad York 2021, York University

October 12, 2021, 9:00 – 11:00 am & October 13, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Our information session will review the Master of Design degree and introduce our new, 12-month Master of Arts in Design Research, the first of its kind in Canada. The MA in Design Research is intended to meet the growing need of research skills in design practice. During our information session, we will review the application process for both degrees, and pay particular attention to the writing of the statement of intent.

Please note that the MA in Design Research will accept an intake of Students for Fall 2022 pending final approval from the Ontario Government.


  1. David Cabianca, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, York University
  2. Sandra Gabriele, Associate Professor, York University

Virtual Art & Design Graduate School Fair at OCAD University

*Graduate Program Director, David Cabianca, will be on hand as a panelist for OCAD University's Graduate Fair. Come and join us!

Panel Series | October 12, 2021

11:00am ET | Funding Your Grad School Experience

Learn about grants, scholarships, awards and bursaries open to graduate students in Ontario from Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid experts. RSVP at

*1:00pm ET | Successful Applications & Research Statements

Whether you are applying for an MA, MFA, MDes, scholarship or grant, this is the discussion for you. Get valuable advice about framing a research focus and preparing a successful application package.  RSVP at

*3:00pm ET | Creative Practice as Research in Graduate Studies

How will you deepen your practice and conduct creative research in graduate studies? A multidisciplinary panel of faculty from Emily Carr University, York University and AU Arts will share answer your questions and unpack “practice-based research” across their disciplines. RSVP at


Virtual Fair | October 14, 2021, 11am - 3pm

Non-OCAD U attendees: email for access