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The award
MDes

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
CAD 20000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
CAD 40000 per year

All study options

About Design for Health at OCAD University

Become an expert in the fast-growing area of health design in OCAD University's Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Health. Study full or part-time at our campus just a short walk from world-calibre hospitals and health-research institutes.

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  • 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 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesCAD 20000 per yearInternational course feesCAD 40000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

The fees listed here are approximate, and can vary from course to course. For more pricing information, please check the institution website.

Entry requirements

Application for admission into the Master's in Design for Health is 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.

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 the Graduate Application Portal:

  • Statement of Interest: Describe your key areas of interest in the health sector, detailing how your academic background and professional experience relate to your interests, and how your intended practice and research align with the objectives of the program. The proposal must be 750 words in length.
  • Design Portfolio: You 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. You are expected to demonstrate proficiency in your primary design discipline(s). Your 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.
  • Program Specific Questions: Applicants will be asked to provide responses to a series of questions specific to the program.

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