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A Master of Arts or MA is a graduate degree typically earned after a program of study of the fine arts, humanities, social sciences or other, similar concentrations. These programs tend to last one to two years.

Skilled design professionals are needed in many organizations to tool custom solutions for common problems. Because the design field encompasses a broad variety of environments and applications, specialists are needed in small business, large corporations, education, non-profits, and government.

 

The USA remains the world’s most popular destination for international students. Universities in the US dominate the world rankings and the country also offers a wide variety of exciting study locations. State university systems are partially subsidized by state governments, and may have many campuses spread around the state, with hundreds of thousands of students.

M.A. in Design Studies in USA

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9 Results in Design Studies, USA

Morehead State University

MSU's Master of Arts (MA) in Art will expose you to a variety of artistic media, disciplines, techniques, and technology as you pursue your interests. This 30-hour degree ... [+]

MSU's Master of Arts (MA) in Art will expose you to a variety of artistic media, disciplines, techniques, and technology as you pursue your interests. This 30-hour degree enables you to choose from three concentrations: art education, graphic design, and studio art.

Location

This program is available on the Morehead campus.

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You may choose one of the following three concentrations:

Art Education Graphic Design Studio Art Art Education

A concentration in art education offers you a customized program designed to further develop your studio, intellectual and professional background enabling you to grow as an artist, a teacher, and a leader. Courses address the historical and contemporary issues in art theory, studio art, and art education, bridging the connection between the individual artistic process and the creative development of your students through enhanced teaching practices.... [-]

USA Morehead
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English
Full-time
Campus
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Suffolk University

The Suffolk Master of Arts in Graphic Design is a practice-oriented program that is customizable so you graduate with real-world studio work in your portfolio. As the fie ... [+]

The Suffolk Master of Arts in Graphic Design is a practice-oriented program that is customizable so you graduate with real-world studio work in your portfolio. As the field of design expands, Suffolk is focused on exposing students to sophisticated design, communication skills, and new technologies.

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USA Boston
September 2019
English
Full-time
1 - 4 years
Campus
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University of South Florida St. Petersburg - College of Arts & Sciences

This master’s degree is designed to be completed in one year, or over a fall, a spring and a summer semester. (Working professionals may want to take longer to complete i ... [+]

Learn essential skills for the Internet age: web publishing and design, social media, multimedia production, information graphics and much more.

This master’s degree is designed to be completed in one year, or over a fall, a spring and a summer semester. (Working professionals may want to take longer to complete it.) It will prepare recent graduates or practice professionals to excel in the exciting field of digital journalism and in other media- or communication-related fields. As an applicant to the master’s degree in Digital Journalism and Design, you stand to gain an immediate professional benefit: a USFSP-Poynter Certificate of Proficiency in Digital Technology for Journalists.... [-]

USA Saint Petersburg
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English
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Online
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Kennesaw State University

The M.A. in Integrated Global Communication is an innovative and contemporary program designed for communication professionals who appreciate how economically interdepend ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

At Kennesaw State University, we're preparing a new generation of leaders in globally integrated organizations. The M.A. in Integrated Global Communication is an innovative and contemporary program designed for communication professionals who appreciate how economically interdependent and socially interconnected the world is today.

Market share, mindshare and competitive positioning are vital ingredients for organizational success. Achieving these goals on a global scale requires special knowledge and skills to effectively communicate shared meanings across countries and regions with diverse cultural, political, and economic characteristics. Global communication refers to the information flow that transcends national boundaries, that is mindful of organizational goals and objectives while being sensitive to peoples of different cultures and races, and that recognizes political and economic differences among global organizational stakeholders.... [-]

USA Kennesaw
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English
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
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Art Center College of Design

Art Center’s graduate program in Media Design Practices offers a two- or three-year Master of Fine Arts curriculum that helps ambitious designers from a variety of backgr ... [+]

Master of Fine Arts in Media Design PracticesArt Center’s graduate program in Media Design Practices offers a two- or three-year Master of Fine Arts curriculum that helps ambitious designers from a variety of backgrounds become design leaders and researchers in emerging fields. We are dedicated to defining new practices in design. Our graduates are prepared for a lifetime of invention.Our vision is to educate designers not for the world as it is, but as it is becoming, to think hard about what it means to use our agency as designers to make the world as we may want it to be.To take this on, we offer two tracks: Lab and Field. Each track, in its own way, orients the designer toward the challenges of the future and the changing role of design.In the Lab track, students work in a studio context, using design to pose questions through applied and speculative projects that engage with emerging communication technologies and cultural practices. We move beyond the problem-solving paradigm to position the designer as a researcher with a distinct point-of-view who uses design to understand and engage with the world. We are expressly preparing media designers to take high performing roles in domains that are future-oriented and whose effects are far-reaching: information and communication technology, foresight units, industry R&D, scientific research labs, communication media, knowledge production, infrastructure and policy-making, and entrepreneurial or independent practices.In the Field track, run in collaboration with Designmatters, students work in a real-world context where social issues, media infrastructure,... [-]

USA Pasadena Santa Barbara
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
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Art Center College of Design

Art Center’s Graduate Industrial Design program, Grad ID, offers a two-year, six-term Master of Science curriculum focusing on theory and practice for the production of i ... [+]

Master of Fine Arts in Industrial DesignArt Center’s Graduate Industrial Design program, Grad ID, offers a two-year, six-term Master of Science curriculum focusing on theory and practice for the production of insightful research, the development of human-centric designs and the creation of new business opportunities.We combine Art Center’s renowned excellence in visual design and “making skills” with the knowledge, theories and methods essential for making design solutions for complex and unstructured problems. In doing so, we prepare students to assume leadership roles throughout creative organizations.Our faculty of internationally renowned educators—accomplished professionals across a range of design, technology and business fields—help our students develop their abilities through projects and critical dialogue in a design studio environment.We design with a consciousness that our products and innovations exist in a larger social and ecological context. Our program’s methodology, which takes a systems-level view and strives to balance the business, technological and human aspects of any challenge, is called Strategic Innovation. This creative process produces empathetic solutions to essential human needs. This broadly applicable approach allows designers—and enterprise—to be resilient, and to grow.... [-]

USA Santa Barbara Pasadena
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Advance your personal aesthetic through the study of contemporary practices and critical reflection. ... [+]

Overview

The furniture design master’s program is structured to support each student’s individual interests and aesthetic development. While engaging in the design and construction of a range of furniture objects, students are challenged to advance aesthetic, conceptual, and design sensibilities while simultaneously strengthening their building techniques and construction strategies. Students are exposed to a broad range of contemporary practices and creative approaches to design and art making in support of experimentation, critical reflection, and the development of a personal aesthetic and design philosophy.

The first year of the MFA in furniture design exposes students to a broad range of critical issues related to the conception and production of art, serves to inspire and provoke their critical reflection, and facilitate the development of a preliminary thesis topic. In the second year, students propose and fully engage in a thesis project, which culminates in a major exhibition in the spring.... [-]

USA Rochester
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
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NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Design technology-based multimedia learning environments – from software and websites to video and mobile phone applications – and evaluate their use in educational setti ... [+]

Design the media and technology of the future

Working with established and emergent digital media, you will design rich technology-based, multimedia learning environments, understand and evaluate their use in varied educational settings, and conduct research on how people learn with technology. The Digital Media Design for Learning (DMDL) studio-based curriculum is complemented by an excellent internship program with host sites in all areas of educational technology and media.

Unlike programs that are focused on the application of existing technologies to formal schooling (such as how to use PowerPoint to supplement lectures), you’ll design the media and technology of the future for all kinds of learning environments and conduct research on how people learn with technology.... [-]

USA New York
January 2020
English
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 semesters
Campus
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The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

The MA in Exhibition Design Program is a two-year, 48-credit program, which can be completed in four semesters of full-time traditional study. Part-time study is also ava ... [+]

Create meaningful experiences and engaging spaces

Led by program head Clare Brown, the Masters of Arts in Exhibition Design is one of the few accredited graduate programs in the nation devoted to interpretive exhibition design. The curriculum is focused on design-thinking and experiential design, which students learn through a balanced integration of academic, technical and real-world design opportunities. Throughout the program, students are challenged to consider human factors in the creation of meaningful experiences and engaging spaces. Students obtain the professional and technical skills needed to create narrative environments and museum exhibitions, through user-centered design.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
English
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
Campus
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