UQAM produces and makes available fundamental and applied cutting-edge knowledge, to form competent citizens in their field, socially responsible and able to contribute to the great collective challenges, while preserving the environment and respecting human rights in the pursuit of justice and equality. In order to promote accessibility to higher education and to favour the exploration of new opportunities, the development of critical judgment and partnership with stakeholders in society, UQAM is dedicated to developing the full potential of people and society.
The School of Design has built over the past three decades extensive collaboration and fruitful cultural links with many international guests as part of the International Design Week. This intensive annual event, which takes place during the summer semester, allows students to carry out projects with internationally renowned practitioners, and better understand various production contexts. As such, the School has hosted visiting guests from many countries: Germany, Austria, U.K., Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, USA, France, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland. Study trips are also a tradition rooted for many years in the School of Design. These are initiated by professors of all programs and are funded in part by sponsors and grants to encourage mobility. To date, such trips took place in Germany, Cuba, Iceland, Italy, France, the United States and Scandinavia. Since 2004, the Summer School in Berlin allows a group of 25 students to travel to Germany for a period of 2 months. This program is held in collaboration with the Technische Universität Cottbus. Moreover, the School of Design has established over the years around 30 bilateral agreements with specific schools and universities abroad, which encourage reciprocal exchanges of students.
The UQAM School of Design values the involvement of professors and students in the community, generating multi-level collaborations with government agencies, boards, and professional groups for the promotion of design. As such, professors are present and active on the Quebec Conservation Review Board, the Board of Quebec Craft Council (CMAQ), the Quebec Interprofessional Design Conference (CIDQ), the Architectural History Research Institute (IRHA), the National and International DOCOMOMO (documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and Neighbourhoods of the modern movement), the Heritage Institute, and many advisory committees of the various districts of the City of Montreal. Many are also active in various professional design associations, such as AAPQ ADIQ, AIIQ, OAQ SDGQ. Some professors of the School of design are particularly active in the inter-university laboratory HEXAGRAM, known for its dynamism and its important contribution to the funding of research and creation projects in Media Arts and Technologies, as well as CIAM, which provides training opportunities, support for research and dissemination, and awards scholarships to students.
The School of Design includes two undergraduate programs, one in environmental design and the other in graphic design, as well as three specialized graduate diplomas (DESS) in event design, modern architecture and heritage, and design of transportation equipment. In 2012, a Master program in Environmental Design was also created. Environmental Design is a field of study and interventions that covers the expanded register that makes up our material culture, ranging from the design of everyday objects to that of indoor and outdoor spaces and places that make up our built environment. The undergraduate program offers basic training in an integrated approach to design project, linking the scales of the object, of architecture and planning. It promotes independence, openness and development of a critical approach to the challenges of design. It also prepares students to the fields of industrial design, interior design, and architectural and urban design. Sustainable development and its social and cultural issues are addressed in a variety of aspects. The Graphic design program fosters a general and cross-disciplinary approach, focussing on creation and innovation. Dedicated primarily to the study and mastery of visual language, the training aims to develop the capacity for analysis, reflection and message creation through images. The program offers various areas of specialization: typography, illustration, publishing, multimedia, packaging and visual identity.
faculties and departments
Faculty of Arts - School of Design
bachelor level programs
Bachelor degree in Environmental Design - 3 years Bachelor degree in Graphic Design - 3 years
master level programs
Master in Environmental Design - 2 years Graduate diploma in Design of Event - 1 year Graduate diploma in Moder Architecture and Heritage - 1 year Graduate diploma in Design of transportation equipment - 1 year
research activity and main areas
Research projects have multiple origins and come in many forms, reflecting the diversity of expertise of the professors and the various disciplines covered by the programs. Research projects include environmental, ergonomic, architectural, urban studies, as well as historical and theoretical publications and the development of prototypes. Other forms of research and creation projects include the production of posters, books, objects, furniture, architectural projects or films. A dozen laboratories cover five main areas of activity: • Design of objects • Architectural and urban design • Graphic design • Design event • The area of new media and new technologies
doctorate level programs
Doctorat in Studies and Practice of Arts
subject areas for exchange students
Design of the environment Graphic design Design of Events
April 1st of each year
Fall semester: first week of September to 3rd week of December Winter semester: second week of January to 4th week of April Summer School: June and July
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Student fees: Foreign students, 17,962$ per year; French students, 3,107$ per year Living (including lodging, food, public transport, entertainment, etc.): 13,800 to 17,100$ per year based on double or single occupancy. (http://www.etudier.uqam.ca/etudiants-etrangers/cout)