Master of Design

About the Master’s Program

York University Master of Design Program aims to produce the next generation of designers: alumni who continue to envision, lead and educate. We are currently seeking adventurous, inquisitive individuals with vision. Individuals who are passionate about what they do, who are open to experimentation and ready to take on the challenges that contribute to innovative and informed design. 


Workshop with visiting graphic designer Elliott Earls, 2012

The York University Master of Design (MDes) was the first graduate program in graphic design established in Ontario and is currently amongst a few select universities to offer the degree in Canada: A two-year, full time program for students looking to challenge the conventions of their graphic design experience.

Our program accepts talented, highly motivated applicants, interested in a challenging, experimental and intellectually rigorous approach to the practice of graphic design. 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 for design practice.

Our students engage in the discipline of graphic design both in and outside the studio through numerous special opportunities including conference participation, dialogues with accomplished national and international visitors and stimulating field trips.

Each year, the MDes program accepts a select group of students for the two-year program. The majority of these students enter with undergraduate degrees in graphic design but the program does accept a few talented students who have a background in visual work but only limited experience in graphic design.

The Master of Design degree requires five consecutive terms of full-time enrolment. Currently there is no provision for part-time study.