Design for Health MDes

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Design for Health MDes

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    OCAD University’s MDes in Design for Health was created to provide specialised developmental opportunities, both for design students with an interest in designing products, apps and other elements for the health industry in particular, as well as for students with experience in the heath sector who are committed to learning advanced design techniques and practices. 

    You’ll explore many issues including the rapid spread of digital technologies, the advent of multi-setting health care, growing demand for consumer involvement in health care delivery and planning, the need for practice that reflects cultural diversity, the growing number of new infections every year, rising health care costs and the increase of chronic illness, especially in the aging population. 

    As you study this fascinating and ever changing subject, you’ll engage in intensive, directed study in the classroom and in the studio, attend seminars on both research methods and critical theory, and deliver a major studio project and a supporting analysis.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 1 to 2 years of full time study. 

    Design for Health Modules Include:

    • Health Context and Design 1
    • Design Research 1
    • Studio 1: Corporeal
    • Systems 1: Human Factors
    • Health Context and Design 2
    • Design Research 2
    • Studio 2: Spatial
    • Systems 2: Systems & Services
    • Systems 3: Communication
    • Elective / Placement
    • Studio 3: Systems
    • Project Proposal & Preparation
    • Studio 4: Innovation

    Course Objectives

    There are several key themes to this largely studio-based program. They include:

    • Helping students gain proficiency and leadership skills towards interdisciplinary collaborations. You will be included in interdisciplinary teams with patients, designers and health service providers and tasked with developing and communicating design solutions.
    • You will create new designs in line with the expectations of stakeholders, patients and partners with an eye towards sustainability and ethical practice.
    • You will develop a firm knowledge of the healthcare industry, including the demands of healthcare delivery, technology, communication and innovation.

    Learning And Teaching

    Earning your MDes in Design for Health will be an excellent opportunity to learn in OCAD U’s advanced facilities and studios, and to study under the acclaimed full time faculty as well as visiting professors and experts of all kinds. You’ll be able to make the most of optional residency, internship and other experiential learning options, as well as all of the academic classes and hands on experiences before you.

    Career Possibilities

    You’ll have many options as to a career once you graduate. Some students go on to study at the PhD level, or seek out additional Master’s level programs to broaden their artistic, professional or academic horizons. 

    No matter what your area of interest or ideal career path, the university’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers can provide just the right resources, advice and guidance  to help you identify and capitalise on the career possibilities before you. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MDes degree. 

    To apply, you’ll need to meet the entrance requirements, which will include excellent performance in a Bachelor’s level degree, or the international equivalent. 

    All classes are taught in English, unless otherwise specified. International students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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