Inclusive Design (MDes)
Inclusive Design advances accessibility, and encompasses the full range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and age. Inclusive Design recognizes that we aren’t all the same. Design must be usable, flexible, and customizable among other qualities to be truly inclusive. From policies, customer service, infrastructure, technology, buildings to everyday products—we can design so that everyone can be accommodated and included.
Master of Design in Inclusive Design
This program is primarily delivered through an online technology and learning system. It is the only one of its kind in Canada. We offer you the opportunity to become uniquely qualified as a global leader in the growing field of inclusive design.
You will learn to think differently and aim to break through societal barriers to address the growing demand for access and inclusion
The program benefits from accomplished faculty engaged with multi-disciplinary research and design practices, and you will bring valuable and diverse insights from your own educational and professional experiences, to both study and research projects.
You will explore equity and access issues through the lens of design thinking, leveraged by the application of inclusive digital technologies
The program prepares graduates for doctoral programs or advanced careers in:
- Digital Media and ICT Systems
- Public Sector Policy and Administration
- Design for Built Environments
- Arts and Culture
- Healthcare sector
- Graphic and Communication Design.
The program accommodates the needs of working professionals and international students. The full-time two-year program includes:
- Two-week, on-campus, residential intensives in both the first and second year of the program
- Seminar courses delivered in a highly interactive online format throughout the year
- A major research project in the second year of the program that will position you at the leading edge of inclusive design thinking
- Colloquium session in second year, open to the public
- A culminating festival and graduate symposium
You will co-create your pathway through the program with opportunities for elective courses in both the first and second year of the program
Seminar courses are delivered through both online and face-to-face sessions that support students learning both remotely and on campus. Coursework includes group projects, online discussion forums, and contribution from guest experts and leading innovators in the field of inclusive design. Research positions and assistantships are available throughout the program as opportunities arise with the Inclusive Design Research Centre, and both private and public sector funded projects.
All courses and class materials are accessible and assistance is available for students with English as a second language, and for those experiencing other challenges for learning and coursework.
Intensive on-campus ‘residencies’, consist of two full courses, and take place in each of the two summer terms. Students are required to attend these classes and activities on campus at OCAD University in Toronto.