Master of Design in Inclusive Design

Do you want to make a difference? OCAD U’s Master of Design in Inclusive Design may be for you.

Inclusive Design encompasses the full range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and age. Learn how to address the growing demand for inclusively designed digital technologies, products, services and policies. Do it online, at your own pace; advancing your skills while maintaining your professional practice. OCAD University's Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design program will take your work to the next level, making you a pioneer in this emerging field. Further career prospects include government, education, entertainment, art, culture, health, and communication design sectors.

Join the team

Join a collaborative learning community where students and faculty co-create the program curriculum and design. Use this opportunity to meet your own research interests and professional needs.

The program director and faculty members are world leaders in the field of Inclusive Design and Accessibility. They are leading our future experts, challenging them to redefine current practices, and shaping what it means to design for all.

The program is housed within the Inclusive Design Research Centre in Toronto, and there are numerous opportunities for students to get involved with current projects, global research activities, and high profile partnerships.

Diverse institutional collaborators create a rich network for professional growth. And in-demand guest speakers play a major role in program activities.

Flexible delivery

The MDes in Inclusive Design is an online-based program, also offering on-site/real-time learning experiences for those so inclined. Are you working full-time? Our flexible delivery allows you to maintain your work while gaining a professional degree at the same time.

  • Blended delivery format offers online and on-site experiences.
  • Lectures are recorded for students to listen to on their own time.
  • 2 week summer intensives lay the foundation for the program each year. For 2 weeks every summer students network with guest speakers, formulate major research topics, and forge collaborative working groups for the years ahead.
  • Major Research Project can build upon professional work.


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I Want Your Job: Jutta Treviranus, Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre -- Torontoist, 2013

Master's Program: Inclusive Design Building the Brain Trust Needed to Support an Accessible Digital Future – Abilities Magazine, 2011