December 3, 2014

Call for applications: Master in Design Studies

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Local Muslims pray at Madison Park Field in Roxbury (Boston, MA) during Eid ul-Fitr prayer. Somayeh Chitchitan (MDes ’13), from the research project “Other[ed] City: (Re)Presentations of Muslim Identities in Contemporary Urban West.” Image: Jonas Prang.

How do artistic interventions in the public realm shape and transform human action?

How are new frameworks of culture and identity enabling radical conservation practices?

How do we prepare for the challenges that no longer conform to the boundaries of disciplines?


Seeking to empower the next generation of designers and urbanists, Master in Design Studies (MDes) is a research-based degree program that utilizes a set of novel and alternative methodologies in a collaborative, immersive, and multimedia environment of students, researchers, scholars, and practitioners. MDes challenges conventional ways of learning—through action, engagement through iteration, and interaction through application—in a range of labs, seminars, workshops, initiatives, books, and projects.

Eight program areas:
Art, Design and the Public Domain
Critical Conservation
Energy and Environments
History and Philosophy of Design
Real Estate and the Built Environment
Risk and Resilience
Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology

“The mission of the MDes program is to create new forms of knowledge, new forms of working; to develop projects and formats that simply exceed conventional boundaries.”
–Kiel Moe, Co-Director of the Master in Design Studies Program


Call for applications: Design Studies at the Harvard GSD

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