Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

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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

All study options

About Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University

The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation is creating a new kind of designer: A strategist who sees the world from a human perspective and re-thinks what is possible; An innovator who can imagine, plan and develop a better world.

Recognizing the increasing importance and need for new thinking skills to positively impact society, enhance business success and manage organizational change, this innovative program was launched in 2009 to address these issues and opportunities. Emphasis is placed on teaching complex problem finding, framing and solving, to envision and develop sustainable futures.

With an interdisciplinary, co-creative approach only possible at an art and design university, the entrepreneur, social scientist, artist, designer, and engineer will develop together the skills required for leading innovation. Our program prepares graduates to think holistically - exploring, challenging and finding meaning in order to reframe and guide both present and future actions.

Small class sizes and access to outstanding faculty and experts foster new learning opportunities: students practise foresight to envision possible futures; study systems to see the bigger picture; and explore human factors for a broader understanding of motivation and behaviour. This allows students to lead innovation, generating insight-driven ideas that will result in new possibilities, new outcomes and new opportunities for the world.

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 of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD U is a competitive process. Applicants must hold a BA, BFA, BDes, BComm, BEng or comparable honours degree/certification with an average of 75 per cent (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional experience/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 to create a truly innovative, germane and implementable project at the master’s level. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

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

  • Statement of Intent: 800 to 1,000 words that describe significant personal or professional experiences which have shaped the applicant’s goals, how the SFI program can support the applicant in meeting those goals, as well as a brief description of a topic area or challenge for which the applicant would be interested in conducting research, including a rationale for its potential value. A student may change the research topic prior to embarking on his/her major research topic. A bibliography and relevant examples of work may be included. The statement serves to assist us in better understanding the alignment between the objectives of the SFI program and of the applicant.
  • Samples of Work: Please submit relevant professional and/or student work produced in the last five years. Applicants are encouraged to include the best examples of work that are typical of the variety of work they have done. Diversity in experience in the cv should be evident in the portfolio. Visual work, analysis reports and proposal documents may be included. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of their disciplinary/professional work.
  • CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae. Applicants should include information regarding educational achievement, professional practice and community service.

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