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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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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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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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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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Danube University Krems Department for Image Science

In our contemporary knowledge society, competent use of creative and organizational skills determines the power of the visitor experience and the ultimate success of an e ... [+]

Overview

This unique program at the Department for Image Science enables students to profit from the knowledge and experiences of outstanding experts in the field of scientific and cultural exhibition-making and design. Participants will be presented with creative and organizational skills like exhibition development, scenography and project management as well as with know-how about the financing, copyrights-management and the international transfer & lending of exhibition objects and multimedia-based techniques of presentation.

The different characteristics of special, permanent and traveling exhibitions are taught, supported by many case studies. Best-practice-examples of leading experts in exhibition design and management give thorough insights into contemporary trends and introduce students to new working fields with a special focus on immersive exhibit architecture and experiential worlds.... [-]

Austria Krems an der Donau
April 2019
Part-time
2 - 5 semesters
Online & Campus Combined
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Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)

You will perfect your knowledge base, positioning yourself at the very heart of communication design, learning to master thematic areas of visual design, from advertising ... [+]

About

You will perfect your knowledge base, positioning yourself at the very heart of communication design, learning to master thematic areas of visual design, from advertising and the highly structured world of multimedia communication, bringing together in these areas design techniques and digital innovation.

Visual Design, a new frontier in project design and coordination.

The Master of Arts Degree Program in Visual and Innovation Design is a two-year artistic specialization designed to launch designers beyond the boundaries of traditional graphic design limitations.

The course provides training and preparation for students to competently create visual communication, using a blend of multimedia design, visual design, and advertising skills.... [-]

Italy Rome
October 2019
2 years
Campus
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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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Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences

The Master’s programme in Interaction Design is aimed at students in various professions who actively want to work on the design and integration of new information and co ... [+]

No restricted admission. Start of studies The programme begins in winter and summer semesters. Applicants with foreign certificates please apply till 30 April (winter semester) or 15 October (summer semester) via uni-assist e.V.. Programme objectives

The Master’s programme in Interaction Design is aimed at students in various professions who actively want to work on the design and integration of new information and communications technologies into the man-made environment. Graduates with a Master's degree in Interaction Design are able to conceive intuitive user scenarios for complex industrial products and to realise these in a multidisciplinary team. Interaction Design places the user and user scenarios at the centre of conceptual development.... [-]

Germany Magdeburg
October 2019
Full-time
3 semesters
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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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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Goldsmiths, University of London

This unique course offers critically-engaging themes and technologies, providing skills in immersive storytelling to reflect rapid changes in the games industry. ... [+]

This unique course offers critically-engaging themes and technologies, providing skills in immersive storytelling to reflect rapid changes in the games industry.

Whether you are looking to build retail or museum installations or you want to use games to tell cinematic stories, this program explores how to craft deeply compelling, critical games and interactive work both for clients and creative practice.

The MA in Independent Games and Playable Experience Design focuses on developing aesthetic awareness, creating compelling mechanics and the ability to craft innovative narratives in games and immersive experiences. Students will be given the skills needed to run a small business and produce a quality design on a highly professional level.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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Frederick University

The MA in Interdisciplinary Design programme encourages students to challenge and explore conventional boundaries of various art and design disciplines, borrowing and exp ... [+]

The MA in Interdisciplinary Design programme encourages students to challenge and explore conventional boundaries of various art and design disciplines, borrowing and experimenting creatively. Interdisciplinary methodologies are investigated and applied aiming at the advancement and development of new and novel design discourses. The programme encourages and respects critical theory as well as in-depth understanding of the material and the practice of making. Furthermore, it offers a close relation with the professional industry and provides opportunities for collaboration on real-life local and international projects.

The programme is anchored in the area of Design, allowing each individual student to follow the areas of expertise provided by two major streams, which reflect the needs of upcoming new industries:... [-]

Cyprus Nicosia
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
18 - 36 months
Campus
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Bath Spa University

This course offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to become designers, designer-makers or textile artists, either within the professional industries or to set up s ... [+]

Aimed at ambitious graduates, this practice-based MA course is supported by marketing theory.

Staff have broad national and international industry experience which underpins and informs the course.

Develop your creative design practice and thinking, while building valuable marketing and business skills.

Alumni enjoy diverse career destinations with many successfully working for themselves.

This course offers ambitious individuals the opportunity to become designers, designer-makers or textile artists, either within the professional industries or to set up small businesses working independently or in small teams.

The programme of study allows you to freely develop creative design practice and thinking in conjunction with valuable marketing and business skills, building comprehensive understanding, vision and direction.... [-]

United Kingdom Bath
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
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Zurich University of the Arts

The focus of the master's program is the qualification of students for a complex work environment, be it in the field of practice / company, placement / communication or ... [+]

In the Master of Arts in Design, designers and personalities from design-related areas develop their mastery and achieve professional excellence. The focus of the master's program is the research-oriented working and thinking along the own design project. The combination of high individual responsibility, reflexive and interdisciplinary thinking, an own design attitude as well as entrepreneurial action play as crucial a role in the qualification for the further career steps as the ability to connect to international practice or higher education.

The study is based on a research-oriented model in which the students focus on developing their individual master project to maturity over a period of three semesters. Results are future-oriented design solutions as well as communicable knowledge and new methods.... [-]

Switzerland Zürich
February 2019
Full-time
3 semesters
Campus
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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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