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A unique, creative practice program

The PhD in Media & Design Innovation is a one-of-a-kind doctoral program for scholars and practitioners in media, design and creative disciplines.

Placing creativity at the heart of learning, the program is designed specifically for innovative makers and scholar-practitioners. 

Graduates of the Media & Design Innovation program are trained to be intellectually agile creative professionals with a strong capacity for in-depth innovation and problem-solving.



Practice-Based Methodology

The PhD in Media & Design Innovation is made for those who are interested in exploring research questions through practice — raising relevant questions and producing demonstrable solutions through creative projects and contextual writing.

The program offers tremendous flexibility for students to explore all areas of the creative industries — from practicing and planning to prototype — while tapping into a broad base of expertise. Successful applicants will create and disseminate in their chosen creative medium, as well as produce a written analysis of their research project. Students can collaborate with industry professionals and explore emerging technologies in their fields.


Access to a creative ecosystem




Drawing on innovative and collaborative approaches, the PhD in Media & Design Innovation is enhanced through unparalleled access to The Creative School's creative ecosystem in the heart of downtown Toronto. Connect with leading scholars and creative minds through The Creative School's world-class research centres, state-of-the-art labs, incubators, and global hubs. And, complete an optional internship in a field related to the proposed research project.


A Creative Ecosystem Like No Other


Be a part of The Creative School's vibrant research community and participate in various talks, seminars, and workshops centred around design, media and creativity.


Tap into The Creative School's incubator-style Zones in Fashion, Transmedia, Music and Design Fabrication and connect with our community of creative entrepreneurs.


Get hands-on with creative technology and push the boundaries of your imagination. Access state-of-the-art technologies that will take your work to the next level.

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Explore our innovative curriculum.

Find out how you will be challenged in each year of the program.

Meet the dynamic The Creative School faculty.

Explore the diverse range of topics and find your potential supervisor.

Prepare your application package.

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