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Best MA Programs in Design Studies in Europe 2019

Programs with the title "Master of Arts" traditionally consist of liberal arts subjects such as philosophy, history, or literature. Masters of Arts are postgraduate programs that can be taken after an earned degree in an undergraduate degree program (Bachelor). Masters of Arts programs have the title "M.A.","Master of Arts" or "MA".

Skilled design professionals are needed in many organizations to tool custom solutions for common problems. Because the design field encompasses a broad variety of environments and applications, specialists are needed in small business, large corporations, education, non-profits, and government.

 

In all, there are over 4000 Higher Education Institutions in Europe offering a wide range of courses at Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate level. With more and more of these organizations offering English as the language of education for at least some of their degree programs, universities in Europe are now of higher quality than ever before. Universities in Europe offer a friendly welcome to foreign students and to give a course of knowledge that meets their profession needs in today’s global demand.

Master of Arts Degree in Design Studies in Europe

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Hyper Island

Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a d ... [+]

Hyper Island's new MA in Digital Experience Design has been designed in response to demand from industry. There is currently a gap between what schools teach and what a designer needs to know to build products, services and systems in the real world.

The role of a designer is shifting. A product today is rarely just physical and consumers expectations are higher than ever. The challenge for designers is to design and deliver meaningful experiences, both online and offline.

The MA in Digital Experience Design will develop your technical, creative and strategic skills as an experienced designer to lead the change within this evolving industry.

You will explore experience design and related fields such as service design and interaction design, understanding human behaviour, rigorous research, digital technologies and prototyping, project management, business acumen and how to build and lead an effective team.... [-]

United Kingdom Manchester
Open Enrollment
Full-time
24 weeks
Campus
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Berlin International - University of Applied Sciences

The Master program in Interior Design at Berlin International – University of Applied Sciences offers a range of advanced tools and skills in the wider field of interior ... [+]

The Master program in Interior Design at Berlin International – University of Applied Sciences offers a range of advanced tools and skills in the wider field of interior and spatial design. If you are interested in an international program with a strong focus on conceptual thinking, project work and a combination of a theoretical dispute with real-world tasks then this is for you! We offer a four-semester program option as well as a two-semester option. Taught exclusively in English, with teaching staff as well as students from all over the globe, this program is one of a kind in Berlin and actually in all of Germany. The international and intercultural perspective allows for an easier way into the global job market while the top ratio between lecturers and students with close, individual support facilitates the development of individual positions and the ability to take up leading roles in complex interdisciplinary design contexts.... [-]

Germany Berlin
October 2019
Full-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
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Umeå Institute of Design - Umeå University

The MFA in Advanced Product Design Programme is a solution-driven education that focuses on the advanced treatment of design - using user studies, problem identification, ... [+]

MFA in Advanced Product Design

Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits

As innovation and new technologies become more significant in the design process, the industrial designer's role as coordinator of the problem-solving process is becoming more important. The increasing complexities and demands for multi-disciplinary teamwork in the product development process demand a more holistic approach, which is one of the modern industrial designers' greatest attributes, and the basis for the Advanced Product Design Programme.

The Advanced Product Design Programme is a solution-driven education that focuses on the advanced treatment of design - using user studies, problem identification and analysis, new technologies and materials, and above all, an emphasis on innovative and new thinking - to find the best possible solution for a given problem or identified design opportunity.... [-]

Sweden Umeå
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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HMKW

The M.A. Communication Design is a future-proof program. It provides key competencies expected from creative heads in management positions, focusing on aesthetic producti ... [+]

The M.A. Communication Design is a future-proof program. It provides key competencies expected from creative heads in management positions, focusing on aesthetic production in advertising, marketing and visual communication. The aim is to master the entire design-oriented process of value creation both in theory and practice.

Features

Integration of theory and practice of design:

latest developments in research and analysis of design and creativity practical work and art direction projects Learning outcomes

The ability to carry out the roles and responsibilities associated with the position of Art Director and other management positions held by creative talents, within the framework of the ever-increasing convergence of print, online, broadcast and mobile media.... [-]

Germany Cologne Berlin Frankfurt
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 6 semesters
Campus
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Norwich University of the Arts

Get to the heart of how design shapes our understanding of issues, our environment and each other on our practice-led MA Communication Design Masters degree course. ... [+]

Overview

As you grow your expertise in critical aspects of communication design you’ll have the chance to explore areas including graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, information design, interactive communication, multimedia and typography.

Refine your communication design skills

From moving image and sound to questions of brand management and publishing, you’ll stretch your skills and ambition as a postgraduate student at NUA. As you develop your own voice and practice through experimentation, you’ll also have the chance to critically examine key design and communication issues such as sustainability, new technology, new audiences and markets, inclusivity and ethics.... [-]

United Kingdom Norwich
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
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University of Gloucestershire

The MA and MDes courses offer a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues. For the MA this is thr ... [+]

The MA and MDes courses offer a stimulating and creative environment in which students are encouraged to explore conceptual and theoretical issues. For the MA this is through research-based enquiries, while the MDes has a professional emphasis. Students initially join as an MA student but have the option to register as an MDes candidate as the course progresses.

We see design thinking and research as being at the heart of design innovation. As a designer, learning to manage complex ideas can be the key to finding solutions and developing strategies that can be applied across a range of disciplines.

Building upon your communication and research skills, the course will help you to apply them to successful problem-solving. You will explore contemporary issues such as global trends, ethics, gender and sustainability by crossing genres, and exploring new and emerging technologies for creation and communication. The UK produces world-class designers who are sought after internationally- our MA and MDes courses set out to help you realise your ambitions in a global context.... [-]

United Kingdom Cheltenham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 semesters
Campus
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Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)

The Master of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design – the first program of its kind recently set up in central/southern Italy – succeeds in fully embracing this complex area ... [+]

Spaces and installations created around the multimedia idea.

The Master of Arts in Multimedia Arts and Design – the first program of its kind recently set up in central/southern Italy – succeeds in fully embracing this complex area of studies, addressing the increasingly central role played by digital technologies and techniques in the design of multimedia spaces and works. It represents a wide-ranging field ranging from the design of installations and fit-outs of cultural events to the realization of spaces in public and private settings and even virtual set design and video mapping on the façades of public buildings and monuments. The Course offers a response of educational excellence to the very high demand for designers and artists trained to work in these sectors, able to combine the creative culture of the designer with expert skills in new technologies.... [-]

Italy Rome
October 2019
2 years
Campus
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Budapest Metropolitan University

With us, you can become the type of graphic designer who can react to real situations with creative and artistic insight, who within their field can imagine and create hi ... [+]

With us, you can become the type of graphic designer who can react to real situations with creative and artistic insight, who within their field can imagine and create high-standard work.

During our course, you can become a graphic designer artist who is able to respond to actual situations and present creative and artistic solutions, and who is able to create and implement high-quality work on every job platform

We are a flexible program with a fresh perspective; our strength is in our open-mindedness. With the help of our acknowledged, professional academic teachers we can provide you with the opportunity to find your own individual style. In this course we will develop your practical, functional problem-solving skills focused on design, and we strive to help you unfold your innovative solutions individually as well as in a team. We await you in a great atmosphere where your creative work can unravel through integrated courses teaching modern design thinking in a team environment.... [-]

Hungary Budapest
September 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
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Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of al ... [+]

What does it mean to perform public space?

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of all kinds, and to understanding how they can produce meaningful change within our shared spaces. Out of this awareness, the brand new Master program called Performing Public Space was born.

In a time in which political and social structures are re-considered heavily, PPS offers a flexible and innovative environment to artistically question, redefine and reclaim public space in its broadest sense. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches including critical theory and other modes of analysis, with an equally diverse range of research methods, PPS offers creatives the opportunity to explore the world-making power of producing work in public space.... [-]

Netherlands Tilburg
September 2019
Full-time
12 months
Online & Campus Combined
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Design Akademie Berlin

Our Master’s degree program Strategic Design focuses on the systematic study of the relationships and interactions between ideas, people, brands and space, building a coh ... [+]

Strategic Design Master of Arts (in English)

Our Master’s degree program Strategic Design focuses on the systematic study of the relationships and interactions between ideas, people, brands, and space, building a coherent set of designed decisions to effectively tackle challenges.

With special emphasis on developing strong research and synthesis skills for brand innovation, our master study program prepares designers to strategically approach and deal with complex problems, build solid interdisciplinary as well as intercultural communication skills and learn to co-create with other design stakeholders. It equips students with the skills and expertise to work and lead on the strategy, design, brand, research & development sectors of the creative and innovation industry.... [-]

Germany Berlin
October 2019
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
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Flexible Learning with Falmouth University

Falmouth University’s flexible online MA in Graphic Design will help you establish your own graphic design practice against the backdrop of today’s creative industries an ... [+]

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Apply now to be eligible for an early bird discount of up to £1,000.

Course outline

Falmouth University’s flexible online MA in Graphic Design will help you establish your own graphic design practice against the backdrop of today’s creative industries and contemporary visual culture.

Developed by award-winning graphic design practitioners with a wealth of experience in various theoretical and teaching approaches to graphic design, the course encourages peer discussion and learning so that you can continually improve your work and explore new creative processes to deliver your graphic design projects to their full creative potential.

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United Kingdom Saint Ives
September 2019
Part-time
2 years
Online
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Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

This course is open to students who have graduated in any art or design related degree subject and who already have the knowledge and experience of a specialist area. Th ... [+]

What to Expect

This course is open to students who have graduated in any art or design related degree subject and who already have the knowledge and experience of a specialist area. The MA will allow you to continue with your area of specialism whilst being supported by subject lecturers.

Alternatively, you may be looking for a Master’s degree, but you are not clear which specialism to focus on. From our experience with students from all over the world, we know that there is sometimes a mismatch between previous experience and future ambitions. This course is for you: MA Art & Design is flexible enough to provide opportunities for you to experiment by trying out new approaches and developing new skills before finding your focus. As you move through the programme you will then start to identify and execute your final project, and we can support you to move to one of our specialist MA programmes if you want.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
August 2019
3 semesters
Campus
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Paris College Of Art

The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become p ... [+]

Aimed towards emerging designers interested in specializing in interior design, the Master of Arts proposed by PCA provides them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in the industry. The Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design is a one-year program aimed at emerging designers and conceived to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to become professionals in this field. This program prepares students to meet the demands of an expanding high-end residential and commercial property market in capital cities around the world. Students with an undergraduate background in the arts or in design will be particularly suited for this program. A demonstrated ability to draw and sketch is an admissions criteria.... [-]

France Paris
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design AAAD

Visual Arts is a follow-up postgraduate program that combines practical studio-based seminars and workshops with theoretical lectures on art theory and history. ... [+]

VISUAL ARTS is a follow-up master's degree programme that combines practical studio-based seminars and workshops with theoretical lectures on art theory and history. It is designed for BA or MA degree holders from universities and colleges abroad, irrespective of country. It aims at providing foreign students with good education in the chosen discipline in order to prepare them for individual or team specialist profession all over the world.

After two years of studies, students are required to submit a diploma work consisting of a thesis and a diploma project defense. Successful programme graduates obtain an internationally acknowledged academic degree MgA. together with Diploma Supplement containing information about subjects taken at the university. In Visual Arts, importance is attached not only to a balanced combination of practice (mastering craft and technical or technological procedures) and theory (Art History and critical reflection of the current issues in the chosen discipline) but also to an interdisciplinary approach.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
September 2019
Full-time
2 - 3 years
Campus
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Manchester Metropolitan University

This course promotes the investigation and interpretation of interior space, inside and outside of the traditional architectural envelope, whilst considering human occupa ... [+]

Overview

This course promotes the investigation and interpretation of interior space, inside and outside of the traditional architectural envelope, whilst considering human occupation, engagement and experience as the catalyst. This may manifest in a variety of outcomes and will allow you to work within your chosen speciality such as building re-use, exhibition or shop design, branding, identities or environmental graphics, performance or set design, temporary installations or ‘event’ design, furniture or artefact design. The specialist workshops provide you with opportunities to explore materiality, fabrication and realisation of your ideas, through technical rigour at a variety of scales whilst studio teaching is underpinned by engagement with industry.... [-]

United Kingdom Manchester
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
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