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MDes Art and Design

Catalog id : 02120
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

22674 USD
7537 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 75 USD
School Of Art & Design
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)560
GRE (avg)310
GMAT (avg)702

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About this course

Stamps M.Des. is a two-year, project-centered program intended to immerse students in the principles, research methods and creative processes of Integrative Design. Throughout their study, M.Des. students work both independently and collectively, focusing on real world problems and enabling collaborative experiences that model future work environments.

Each cohort of students enters the program as part of an umbrella design project. Within this larger project, students are expected to provide individual contributions to the project’s goal in ways that combine inquiry, investigation, and creative work. Each member of the M.Des. cohort has the opportunity to approach the project from a perspective that is of particular interest to them and that contributes to the project as a whole.

The 60 hours of graduate study requires two years of full-time study in residence. The M.Des. degree requirements are as follows:

  • 18 credits in design studio
  • 3 credits in research methods
  • 9 credits in design seminar
  • 12 credits in elective courses
  • 6 credit in fieldwork
  • 3 credits in thesis preparation
  • 9 credits in thesis project


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Eligibility Criteria

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?
All transfer applicants that do not speak English as their native language must provide proof of English proficiency. The English proficiency requirement is not based on citizenship. Non-native speakers of English must submit current, official test scores from TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS to complete a transfer application.

Exceptions to the English proficiency tests include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listedmight also be exempted if SAT critical reading scores are in the mid-600 range.

Applicants that meet the above criteria and wish to request an exemption from the English proficiency requirement must present SAT scores and send a written request containing full name, U-M ID and requested term of enrollment to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Accepted English Proficiency tests
The University accepts the results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not accepted.

Generally accepted minimum scores
English proficiency scores are one component in the overall review of an application. Generally accepted minimum scores for each of the accepted tests are:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Sending test scores
Test scores are valid for two years from the date an application is received. Expired scores will not be accepted. Copies of test scores or scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. TOEFL scores are not accepted unless received directly from ETS. The U-M Ann Arbor TOEFL code is 1839.

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Course Modules

  • 430.  Adv Dig Photo.  (3 credits) 
  • 484/NRE 684.  Sci Ill:Fld Sketch.  (4 credits) 
  • 500.  Independent Studio.  (1 to 6 credits) 
  • 501.  Topic Seminar.  (1 to 4 credits) 
  • 505.  MFA Graduate Studio.  (3 credits) 
  • 600.  MFA Research Methods.  Advisory pre-requisite: M.A.PROG.  (3 credits) 
  • 601.  Topical Seminar.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in ARTDES  (3 credits) 
  • 605.  MFA Critique.  (2 to 4 credits) 
  • 606.  MFA Critique.  (2 to 4 credits) 
  • 608.  Internship.  Advisory pre-requisite: M.F.A. PROG  (1 to 6 credits) 
  • 609.  Intern Teaching.  Advisory pre-requisite: M.F.A.PROG.  (1 to 4 credits) 
  • 610.  Directed Studio.  (3 to 9 credits) 
  • 611.  Dir Studio Practice.  Advisory pre-requisite: ARTDES 610  (3 to 6 credits) 
  • 620.  MFA Int'l Project.  (3 credits) 
  • 650.  MDes Research Method.  Advisory pre-requisite: ARTDES Graduate student  (3 credits) 
  • 651.  Design Seminar I.  (3 credits) 
  • 652.  Design Seminar II.  (3 credits) 
  • 660.  Design Studio I.  (4 credits) 
  • 661.  Design Studio II.  (4 credits) 
  • 662.  Design Advising.  (2 credits) 
  • 663.  Design Advising.  (2 credits) 
  • 665.  MDes Feildwork.  (6 credits) 
  • 684.  Field Sketch.  (1 to 4 credits) 
  • 700.  MFA Prof Practice.  Advisory pre-requisite: ARTDES 600  (3 credits) 
  • 701.  Topical Seminar.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate seminar addressing both the context and the process aspects of the program.  (3 credits) 
  • 705.  MFA Critique.  (2 to 4 credits) 
  • 706.  MFA Critique.  (2 to 4 credits) 
  • 709.  Intern Teaching.  Advisory pre-requisite: M.F.A.PROG.  (1 to 4 credits) 
  • 710.  Dir Studio Practice.  Advisory pre-requisite: Art and Design Graduate Student status  (3 to 6 credits) 
  • 711.  Dir Studio Practice.  (3 to 6 credits) 
  • 720.  Int'l Project.  (3 credits) 
  • 749.  Graduate Study.  (1 to 3 credits) 
  • 750.  Graduate Studio.  Advisory pre-requisite: ARTDES Graduate student  (1 to 3 credits) 
  • 751.  Design Seminar III.  (3 credits) 
  • 760.  Design Studio III.  (4 credits) 
  • 761.  Design Mentorship.  (2 credits) 
  • 762.  Design Mentorship.  (3 credits) 
  • 780.  MDes Thesis Studio.  (3 credits) 
  • 781.  MDes Thesis Project.  (9 credits) 
  • 800.  Exit Seminar.  Advisory pre-requisite: 3rd Year Art & Design Graduate Student  (3 credits) 
  • 801.  Topical Seminar.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing in ARTDES  (3 credits) 
  • 810.  Dir Studio Practice.  Advisory pre-requisite: 3rd Year Art & Design Graduate Student  (3 to 6 credits) 
  • 811.  Dir Studio Practice.  Advisory pre-requisite: 3rd Year Art & Design Graduate Student  (3 to 6 credits) 
  • 850.  Graduate Studio.  Advisory pre-requisite: ARTDES Graduate student  (3 credits) 
  • 898.  Thesis/Distrib/Prese.  Advisory pre-requisite: 3rd Year Art & Design Graduate Student  (3 credits) 
  • 899.  Thesis/Distrib/Prese.  Advisory pre-requisite: 3rd Year Art & Design Graduate Student  (3 credits) 
  • 993.  G S I Train Prog.  Advisory pre-requisite: GSI AWARD  (1 credits)

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How to Apply

Prepare Your Application

Minimum Requirements

Applicants complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.

Persons holding master’s or doctoral degrees are usually not eligible to apply for study in the field of specialization and level for which they already have a degree.

Statements and Curriculum Vitae or Resume

The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These 3 documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.

  • Formatting
  • Include at the top of each document:
  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae orResume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
  • Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Letters of recommendation :

When you register your recommenders in the ApplyWeb application, each recommender will receive an e-mail notification to complete the recommendation form through ApplyWeb.
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than the graduate program application deadline.

Tips :

You will need each recommender’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, institution or employer, and title.
Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, if you check "yes" to waive your right to see this document, you will not be granted access to this information as an enrolled student. It is recommended you check the waiver box “yes” for each recommender. Many recommenders will not submit a letter if you select “no.” You will not be able to change the waiver status once your recommender has signed into their recommendation account.

Resources for Prospective Graduate Students with Disabilities

Rackham Graduate School is dedicated to helping all graduate students at the University of Michigan with the resources they need to be academically and personally successful. As part of this mission, we seek to provide information and resources to students based on their different gifts, abilities and backgrounds.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus, sit in on classes, meet with other students in the program, and to contact Rackham or the prospective department regarding any disability-related questions or concerns. In the preparation of your graduate school application, please keep in mind that disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. This information is only used for accommodation purposes.

If you have a psychological disability that could interfere with your academic success, it is important that you have your condition evaluated by a mental health professional. This evaluation is required for obtaining accommodations specific to students with disabilities. If possible, it is advisable that this evaluation be sought prior to enrollment, which will enable an earlier receipt of support and services as you transition into the academic and campus community.

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