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The award
MDes

How long you will study
2 - 3 years

Domestic course fees
CAD 20000 per total

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
CAD 40000 per total

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About Design for Health at OCAD University

Designers affect the quality of life and well-being of individuals and entire populations through the designs they create. Today, some of the most exciting design work is being carried out in the broad and diverse field of health.

OCAD University’s Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Health offers you a unique opportunity to develop competency in the area of health design.

We developed the MDes in Design for Health primarily for people who already have educational and practical experience in an area of design but also for people in the health sector who are committed to design. Most students will hold an undergraduate degree in design or a related field, and some will have experience in health administration, patient advocacy, health services, or health technology.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMDesHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 - 3 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesCAD 20000 per totalInternational course feesCAD 40000 per total

Notes about fees for this course

Depending on which course you choose to study, fees for domestic students can range from $20,000 CAD to $35,000 CAD. Fees for international students can range from $40,000 CAD to $75,000 CAD.

The instituion will be able to provide you with more detailed information about fees for specific programs.

Entry requirements

Application for admission into the Master’s in Design for Health will be competitive. Applicants must hold a bachelor degree in a design field, such as BA (in design studies), B.Arch., BED, BID, BDes, BSc, BEng or comparable honours degree/certification with a GPA of 75% (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional experience and expertise as a practitioner in a relevant discipline. All applicants must demonstrate creative and conceptual competence at a high level, as well as the clear potential for acquiring a sufficient level of expertise in the diverse disciplines relevant to this degree.

A portfolio comprised of 10 examples of design work and a 750-word statement of interest will be required.

For consideration by the admissions committee, and in addition to the basic application requirements outlined above, applicants need to complete and submit the following through SlideRoom:

  • Statement of Interest: Applicants should describe their key areas of interest in the health sector, detailing how their academic background and professional experience relate to their interests, and how their intended practice and research align with the objectives of the program. The proposal must be typed and approximately 750 words in length. If you are also applying for the AGE-WELL scholarship, please also describe in your Statement of Intent how your experience, expertise, and proposed area of interest/research aligns with AGE-WELL’s Goals and Priorities. AGE-WELL’s vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers.
  • Design Portfolio: Applicants must submit samples of relevant student or professional work produced in the last five years. Visual work, analytic reports, proposal documents etc. may be included. Applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in their primary design discipline(s). The applicant’s best work should be represented.
  • Alternative Portfolio (for non-design applicants): A limited number of candidates with ‘non- design’ qualifications and backgrounds such as engineering, computer science, public health and medicine may be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis, considering criteria such as professional and personal experience within the area of design for health. Requirements for applicants with non-design undergraduate degrees are the same as for design degree graduates, except that the portfolio should focus on providing sufficient documentation of experience relevant to health innovation.
  • CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.
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