Degree Requirements

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The Master of Design at York offers students an exceptional opportunity to hone and refine their skills as design leaders and innovators, developing and substantially expanding their creative potential.  The two-year experience begins with coursework and culminates in a thesis project that reflects each student's personal direction for design practice.

All students must complete a total of 21 credits:

  • Six Core Courses (completed by the end of the second term)
    • GS/MDES 5101 3.0   Design Theory & Criticism [First Term]
    • GS/MDES 5107 3.0   Research Methods for Disciplinary Experimentation in Design [First Term]
    • GS/MDES 5108 3.0   Design Studio: Culture & Criticism [First Term]
    • GS/MDES 5109 3.0   Design Studio: Users & Information [Second Term]
    • GS/MDES 5104 3.0   User-centred Design Research Methods [Second Term]
  • Two Elective Courses (normally completed by the end of the second term)
    • In order to encourage the development of an individual program of study, each student must select two electives.
    • Elective requirements are satisfied by courses chosen from among the offerings of other graduate programs at York University (with permission from both programs), or from the list of MDes Elective Courses.
  • Only one elective may be chosen from:
    • MDES 5102 3.0  Design Issues and Critical Making;
    • MDES 5402 3.0  Type in Motion;
    • MDES 5403 3.0   Advanced Topics in Interactivity;
    • MDES 5404 3.0   Design Studies Seminar;
    • MDES 5405 3.0   Book Design;
    • MDES 5407 3.0   Corporate Identity Design;
    • MDES 5408 3.0   Data Visualization Design;
    • MDES 5409 3.0   Building a Discipline;
    • MDES 5411 3.0   East Asian Design History;
    • MDES 5412 3.0   Design Management or
    • MDES 5414 3.0   Interactive Objects and Environments.