Master of Design in Integrative Design

You know how to design. We'll show you how to lead.

The Master of Design in Integrative Design provides talented designers and professionals with the tools to achieve leadership roles in organizations and create new businesses. Centered around project-based experiences, our curriculum focuses on business, research, design thinking, leadership, strategic planning and creative asset management. You'll learn how to make the case for design-driven innovation and provide sustainable advantage to business and nonprofits.

Through a mix of real-world projects and coursework in our 2-year program, you'll gain the knowledge you need to navigate the bridge between design and enterprise. And you'll leave CCAD a leader fluent in design and business, ready to help companies and communities become more creative, impactful and competitive in a global marketplace.


Careers for Master of Design graduates

Art director
Brand manager
Creative director
Design consultant
Design researcher
Design strategist
Digital designer
Environmental designer
Graphic designer
Interactive media director
Marketing strategist
Production designer
Social media manager
Visual experience designer
Web designer/developer

Credit Hours

Studio or Related 39
Other Art/Design Studies 15
Electives 6
Total 60

Course information

Check out the courses on the major flier.

M. Des Program Course Descriptions

Design Integration Studio I & II GRID5001& 5002 - 6 credits

The core studios assist students with the development and understanding of their design projects through critique, discussion, presentations, and charrettes. Concurrent with the Design Projects, the Integration Studio offers opportunities for reflection and practice in building teams, collaboration, experimentation, and synthesis. Must be taken in conjunction with Design Projects.

Design Thinking and Methodology GRID5802 - 3 credits

This course will introduce students to a human-centered approach to collaborative innovation and responsive problem solving. Students will learn history of and present applications for design thinking through case studies drawn from commercial, educational, and social sectors. The course culminates in participatory workshops that familiarize students with critical issues in planning and facilitating design thinking in contemporary organizations.

Design Integration Studio III & IV GRID6001 & 6002 - 6 credits

The advanced studios assist students with managing and understanding their Design Projects practicums through critique, discussion, case studies, readings, and charrettes. Particular emphasis is placed on collaboration, building teams, facilitation, synthesis, conflict resolution, and managing creativity. Must be taken in conjunction with Design Projects.

Design Projects GRID5105 & 5106, GRID6000 - 18 credits

These practicums place students in collaborative studio-based projects through the CCAD MindMarket. Students will work on commercial, cultural, and community-based projects, putting their previous design experience into practice while further cultivating collaborative approaches to solving problems in interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary methods. Must be taken in conjunction with Design Integration Studios.

Leadership and Complexity GRID 5803 - 3 credits

Complex leadership redirects the emphasis away from the individual as leader and toward a more systematic interdisciplinary strategy. This course actively engages students in developing the adaptive leadership skills needed to thrive in complex and changing environments. This includes how to diagnose, interrupt, and innovate to foster individual creativity, collective engagement, and creative community within ambiguous, risky and dynamic atmospheres.

Thesis Project GRID6070 - 6 credits

In this capstone project course, students will be responsible for all phases of the design process – from initial development to final solution. They seek out and develop their own projects for real clients from either the for-profit or non-profit space. Students consult with clients, organize teams, and oversee process, deliverables, and final solutions.

Research, Creation, and Development GRID6003 - 3 credits

Students in this course will practice how, what, and when to develop research for real-world design scenarios and solutions. They will then develop and formally present their research methods and findings. The appropriateness of specific research methods and strategies, and the understanding of their applications will be practiced and emphasized.

Communications & Advocacy GRID5804 - 3 credits

This course provides students with the tools to facilitate constructive dialogue within creative teams and with external partners. The ability to advocate for good design solutions within organizations and communities is stressed. Narrative techniques, marshaling and mastering an argument and negotiation skills are explored.

Business Foundations for Design GRID5801 - 3 credits

The material in this course will assist design leaders with considering financial information as part of complex decision-making. By understanding the financial behind business decisions, students will be better able to manage fiscal tensions within a successful design business. This course is designed to prepare future leaders to comprehend, analyze, and develop such financial information and consider it within a relevant design context.

Planning, Sustainability and Ethics GRID5805 - 3 credits

This course stresses strategic planning as vital to success of any enterprise. Planning is viewed in an expanded sense that fosters values, sustainability and ethical behavior. The development of goals, identifying constituents, measuring success, and establishing a feedback system for continuous improvement are emphasized.

Full-time faculty

Tom Gattis is the Dean of the School of Design Arts at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Dean, School of Design Arts
Assistant Professor Kelly DeVore, Interior Design chair, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Chair of Interior Design
  • Assistant Professor
Michael Compton is the MindMarket Creative Manager at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • MindMarket Creative Manager
  • Assistant Professor
Elaine Luttrull, Business & Entrepreneurship department, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
  • Department Head of Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Assistant Professor
Matthew Mohr is an Associate Professor at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor

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