MDes Application deadline: January 6, 2021
We are looking to build a small, effective team of students who are not simply focused on a graduate degree, but rather a real opportunity to leverage the considerable resources of the Stamps School and the University of Michigan to make a change in the way designers work in the world.
We are seeking potential students from diverse backgrounds across the spectrum of design disciplines (e.g. product/industrial designers, visual communication/graphic designers, and user-experience designers, and UX/UI/interaction designers) who want to transform their career paths. We will also consider qualified candidates with education and experience related to the program’s umbrella theme who have design experience in a professional setting and wish to expand their knowledge of design while building on their prior education.
Candidates for the program must be intellectually curious, self-motivated, engaged with critical discourse in the discipline, and interested in the future role of design in shaping everyday life in the 21st Century. They must be willing to critically examine current thinking and prepared to revise and expand their understanding of research, development, and design methods. Members of our design team will engage in collaborative, inquiry-based approaches to solving complex problems. It will be critical that candidates have specialized skills to integrate with those of other team members to deliver design solutions that work in specific cultural and economic contexts.
The admissions process for the MDes in Integrative Design is highly selective. Approximately 5 new students join the program each year. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in design or in a field related to the specific umbrella theme. Learn more about our MDes program, the umbrella theme, and cohort topic here.