Master of Fine arts Program in Design

Name of Curriculum: Master of Fine Arts Program in Design
Name of Degree: Master of Fine Arts (Design)
(Abbr.): M.F.A. (Design)


The practice of design has evolved considerably over the last two decades. It was predominantly a craft-based, cultural-product centric profession, focussed on creating beautiful products. Today, the global landscape of design, business and technology has changed considerably, in addition to creating desirable products, designers worldwide are increasingly being called upon to solve complex problems facing our society. With Thailand becoming part of the AEC, the challenges are even more complex.

The Master of Fine Art program in Design aims to step up to these challenges by training students from diverse backgrounds in “design thinking”, which is a way of framing and understanding the given situation and invent new possibilities and solutions for the future.
Students get trained in a unique multidisciplinary hands-on approach to help them hone their creativity, learn & practice the skills that help them succeed in many roles in a range of diverse fields including product and communication design, design research, design & business strategy.


1. To build a foundation of design thinking that allows the student to think in a very divergent but structured manner.
2. To emphasise on a research oriented and context sensitive approach to designing.
3. To have a multidisciplinary approach to learning and thinking regardless of formal qualifications
4. To minimise the limitation of linear thinking in a single discipline of design.

Eligibility of applicants

1. Pass the examination an portfolio review by the department committee.
2. Have obtained a GPA of no less that 2.5 (two point five) in any discipline
3. Pass the English entrance exam as per the university’s criteria.

Structure of the Program

The MFA program emphasises master of the profession including narrative abilities, presentation skills, strategic thinking, problem solving and the ability to develop innovative concepts. Through knowledgeable and practicing faculty, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field.

The graduate student’s final Thesis Project must integrate the design process, concept and content with technical prowess to make an original contribution. The thesis is critically reviewed and approved by the graduate final review committee and then professionally exhibited to the industry and public

Plan A2 : Course work and Thesis

The total number of credits for the program is not less than 43 credits with 12 credits for thesis.

Foundation course        (non-credit)
Core courses        25 credits
Elective        6 credits
Thesis        12 credits
Total        43 credits

Core courses

The students must take all the following courses:.

DGN 621  Paradigms of Creativity        4 Credits
DGN 626 2 Dimensional Design        4 Credits
DGN 627 3 Dimensional Design        4 Credits
DGN 628 Design and Culture        3 Credits
DGN 640 Environment, Technology and Design        3 Credits
DGN 662 Design and Business        3 Credits
DGN 693 Design and Research        3 Credits
DGN 600 Workshop Skills        1 Credits

Foundation course

The students who do not pass the university’s English examination must take the following foundation course (non-credit):

ENG 500 English for Graduate Studies        (non-credit)

Elective courses

The students must take 2 subjects from the following courses:

DGN 670  Spatial Studies        3 Credits
DGN 671 Design Semiotics        3 Credits
DGN 672 Thai Art for Design        3 Credits
DGN 677 Time-based Media Techniques        3 Credits
DGN 678 Digital Culture        3 Credits
DGN 679 Design for Time-based Media        3 Credits
DGN 680 Basic Photography        3 Credits
DGN 681 Writing and Presentation Skills        3 Credits


The students must take 2 subjects from the following courses:

DGN 699 Thesis        12 Credits
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