Master of Design (M.Des) - Course Overview

Duration: 2.0 yrs | Mode: Regular| Avg. Fees: 1,00,000 / Year

208 courses | 105 colleges

About Master of Design (M.Des)

Master of Design (M.Des) is a two-year master’s programme that offers knowledge and training about how to invent and create new designs for consumers. The course helps candidates understand the impact of technology on design and how to make these designs and to make it user-friendly. During the master’s programme, candidates learn about various design specializations such as architectural designs, automation designs, fashion designs and others.

M.Des course helps candidates develop their research skills, enhance their experimental practice, construction techniques, equipment and material, and portfolio skills about their respective specialization in design.

Popular Specialisations of M.Des:

  • Accessory Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Ceramic Design
  • Leather Design
  • Textile Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Knitwear Design
  • Jewellery & Metalsmithing
  • Multimedia Design
  • Game Design 

Master of Design (M.Des) Eligiblity Criteria

  • Minimum Qualification Required: A bachelor’s degree in design or bachelor of Architecture
  • Minimum Marks Required: 50%

M.Des Admission Process:

Admission to the M.Des is on the basis of common entrance exam like Common Entrance Examination of Design - CEED, NIFT Entrance Exam, School of Fashion Technology Entrance Exam.

Master of Design (M.Des) Syllabus

First Year:

Consumption and Popular Culture

Design Ethics & The Role of a User

Design Project

Introduction to Design Theory

Models of Design Practice and Professionalism

Globalization & Its Influence on Design

Introduction & Critical Overview of Modernism & Postmodernism

Environmental issues in relation to design

Electives 1 & 2


Second Year:

Introduction to Marketing Theory

Issues of Creativity & Innovation

Role of Design within Complex Organizations

Elective 3 & 4

The designer’s Task/ Model/Role

Issues of Human Resource Management

Introduction to Design Brand Strategy & Innovation


Visual Design - Principles & Applications

Career Options and Job Prospects

After pursing M.Des candidates can find a job both in public and private sector and the most popular employment areas for the M.Des candidates are:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Garments Industry
  • Retail Outlets
  • Film Industry
  • Fashion Houses
  • Apparel Manufacturers
  • Design Production Management
  • R&D Firms
  • Quality Control
  • Dying & Printing Factories
  • Furniture Manufacturing Units
  • Textile Laboratory
  • Fashion Marketing & Media

The entry-level salary of a fresher after M.Des is between Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh. However, the salary packages vary as per one’s professional experience, job locations, number of projects done in the past etc.

Listed below are popular job roles that are suitable for M.Des graduates:

  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Apparel Production Manager
  • Costume Designer
  • Production Pattern Maker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Textile Laboratory Manager
  • Design Managers
  • Fabric Resource Manager
  • Merchandising Assistant
  • Dying & Printing Consultant