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UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA - [UOFA], EDMONTON, ALBERTA - PROGRAMS

Edmonton, AlbertaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1908Established Year
  39094Enrollment

Master of Design [M.Des] (Design Studies)

 2 years
 full time
  English
 on campus
  Thesis Based

Field of Study

Offered by     Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta

$ 5,459 

1st Year
Fees

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Program Description

  • MSc in Design Studies at the University of Alberta allows students to complete this course in 2 years.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on a full-time basis.
  • The different types of degree offered by the department of the university are:
    • Master of Arts
    • Master of Design
    • Master of Fine Arts
    • Doctor of Philosophy
  • It is a thesis-based program and thesis development may take between 1-3 years, depending on the complexity of the project and the ability of the student.
  • In this program, students and faculty members are engaged in research and practice, using interdisciplinary approaches and participatory methods.
  • This program offers two specializations in these programs that are:
    • Industrial Design
    • Visual Communication Design.
  • Industrial Design is concerned with the interface between the user and the built environment and the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues involved.
  • Visual Communication Design focuses on information design and communication, in print and interactive new media, and includes design for needs relating to education, culture, health, and safety.
  • Graduate students have presented their work at local, national, and international conferences and exhibitions.
  • The student-faculty ratio for this program is 21:1.
  • In the first year of the program, students will normally be required to take 18 course weights of credit.
  • The thesis is a project that allows the student to learn advanced working methods and to make an original contribution to their chosen field of design and it includes both a design product and a written document.
  • The University of Alberta offers many scholarship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students with outstanding academic potential. 
  • The Department of Art and Design brings together 3 practices: Design Studies, Fine Arts, and the History of Art, Design, Visual Culture, and depth of teaching, research, and creative endeavor to support collaborations in design thinking, hands-on studio practice, and critical visual and historical analysis.
  • Job opportunities after MSc in Design Studies Re Advertising art director, Graphic Designer, etc and the average salary goes up to 45,110 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Master
Duration2 years
Fees$ 12,670 for 2 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Spring (Deadline - Jan 15)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
ExamsGRE
Offered by Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta
Program Urlhttps://www.ualberta.ca/art-design/graduate-programs/designstudies

Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students are required to have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution, recognized by the University of Alberta.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B Grade) on the University of Alberta's 4-point scale based on the recent two years of full-time study.

Indian Student Eligibility:

Indian students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Students must complete a 4-year UG degree with a 60% score i.e first-class division in a relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • GPA of 3.0/4.0 (B Grade) based on the recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required.

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.


Required Document List

Following are the required documents:

  • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
  • Official Transcripts: Students have to submit a copy of their original official transcripts.
  • Reference letters: Students will choose letter writers that will be able to comment on their academic record as well as other experiences or relevant skill sets. 
  • Three Letters of Reference: The online application system will notify the references and allow the student to upload their letters. Letters can be academic or business references.
  • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.


Application Deadline

Spring
Jan 15


Scores Required

95 / 120

Avg. Score in

TOEFL

7 / 9

Avg. Score in

IELTS

310 / 340

Avg. Score in

GRE

65 / 75

Avg. Score in

PTE


Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2
Tuition fees$5459$5459
Health and wellness$420$420
Other fees$456$456
Total fees$6335$6335

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Housing$ 10,800
Food$ 2,700

Ranking

QS World University 2020

Ranked #151/ 200

Design [ International ]


Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
UAlberta Master's Entrance Scholarship Variable Yes 07 Apr, 2020
Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) $8,312 Yes N/A
Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship Variable Yes 14 Feb, 2021
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
VueVille Future Technology Scholarship $1,000 Yes 30 Sep, 2020
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship $20,000 Yes N/A
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
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VISA & Work Study

VISA

  • There is no particular visa type to study in Canada but require a Student Visa.
  • International applicants who are applying for a Student Visa are required to have TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for entry in Canada.
  • Following are the required documents for Students visa applications:
    • Application for Study Permit
    • Letter of acceptance.
    • Proof of financial support.
    • Passport photos.
    • an Entry Visa to enter the country.
    • Visa to study or work in the country.
    • Resident Permit or registration after arrival in the host country.

Work Study

Students from the University of Alberta can work both on-campus and off-campus.

On-Campus: Students can work on-campus. The jobs available for students are UAlberta offices like interns, assistants, receptionists, and Stores and restaurants, UAlberta bookstores, UAlberta libraries, Coffeeshops.  Students can work a number of hours per week on-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Off-Campus: Students can also work off-campus. The jobs available for students are companies in their field of studies, Banks, Restaurants, and Stores. Students can work a number of hours per week off-campus and up to 20 hours a week.


Career and Placement after Course

Following are the career opportunities for students:

  • Advertising art director
  • Automotive engineer
  • Furniture conservator/restorer
  • Graphic designer
  • Materials engineer
  • Product manager
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film
  • Purchasing manager



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