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Design Innovation

MDes Student

The Master of Design: Design Innovation (MDes) program at MassArt is a full-time, two-year (60 credit hours) graduate program that prepares the next generation of innovators to lead organizational and social transformation at corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Degree Programs

Master of Design: Design Innovation(MDes)

Emphasizing four key skill areas (empathy, analysis, contextual understanding, and communication), the curriculum is designed to teach students how to effectively define and solve a problem, and to impart critical leadership skills for mobilizing and motivating teams toward successful outcomes.

Graduates of the MDes program will be poised to lead in organizational and social transformation, as service designers, experience designers, design strategists and innovation leaders in corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, or entrepreneurial ventures.

Additional Features


Read stories and perspectives from the MDes students and faculty in MassArt’s Design Innovation program. View their posts on Medium.


Prototyping - Let's Put Those Insights to Work - Shailee Rindani '18 MDes 

mdes bootcamp & Activities

Bootcamp sets the expectations for the MDes graduate students’ upcoming year. During this offsite team-building retreat, students work on leadership and supporting roles in developing and proposing solutions to a variety of challenges. This theme is carried throughout the two years as students work towards becoming the next generation of innovators to lead organizational and social transformation throughout the world.

Photos by Aastha Singh and McKayla Blanch