Program Design

Overview

The MDes program at UC Berkeley is a studio-based, on campus program. Over three semesters (fall, spring, and a second fall), you will complete a total of nine required core courses, two technical electives, and one additional elective to meet a minimum of 38 units before graduating in December. In the summer between the first and second years of the program, you are encouraged to pursue a professional internship.

Jump to: Required Courses, Elective Course, Approved Technical electives, Approved Entrepreneurship electives, Approved Social Practice electives, Sample Student Program, Course Descriptions.

 

Required Courses

  • DES INV 200: Design Frameworks (3 units)
  • DES INV 201: Debates in Design (3 units)*
  • DES INV 202: Technology Design Foundations (4 units)
  • DES INV 211: Designing Emerging Technologies I (5 units)
  • DES INV 212: Designing Emerging Technologies II (3 units)
  • DES INV 213: Design Studio (5 units)
  • DES INV 219: Capstone Portfolio (2 units)
  • IND ENG 195: Newton Lecture Series (1 unit)

*students are required to take this course twice; once during the fall semester in year one, and again during the fall semester of year two.

Elective Course

The MDes requires two technical electives, and at least one entrepreneurship or social practice elective from the approved lists of courses, shown below. You may submit petitions for alternate courses to the Program Manager.

 

Approved Technical electives

  • INTEGBI C 217/BIO ENG C217/MEC ENG C217: Biomimetic Engineering (3 units)
  • CS 260B: Human-Computer Interaction Research (3 units)
  • COMPSCI 184 or 284A: Foundations of Computer Graphics (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 188: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 189 or 289A: Introduction to Machine Learning (4 units)
  • IND ENG 135: Applied Data Science with Venture Applications (3 units)
  • MAT SCI 200A Survey of Materials Science (4 units)
  • MEC ENG 122: Processing of Materials in Manufacturing (3 units)

 

Approved Entrepreneurship electives

  • IND ENG 185: Challenge Lab (4 units)
  • IND ENG 186: Product Management (3 units)
  • IND ENG 290: Management of Technology Innovation (3 units

 

Approved Social Practice electives:

  • INFO C265/NWMEDIA C265: Interface Aesthetics (3 units)
  • ARCH 209.001: Virtual Reality: Theory and Representation (3 units)
  • ARCH 209.003: Contradictions in Disaster and Resilience (3 units)
  • LD ARCH C231/CY PLAN C251: Planning and Design for an Inclusive City (3 units)

 

Sample Student Program

Fall Spring
Year One
  • DES INV 201: Debates in Design
  • 3 units, required
  • DES INV 202: Technology Design Foundations
  • 4 units, required
  • Technical elective
  • 3 units
  • Social practice elective
  • 3 units
  • Total: 13 units
  • DES INV 200: Design Frameworks
  • 3 units, required
  • Technical elective
  • 4 units
  • IEOR 195: Newton Lecture Series
  • 1 unit, required
  • DES INV 211: Designing Emerging Technologies I
  • 5 units, required
  • Total: 13 units
Year Two
  • DES INV 201: Debates in Design
  • 3 units, required
  • DES INV 212: Designing Emerging Technologies II
  • 3 units, required
  • DES INV 213: Design Studio
  • 5 units, required
  • DES INV 219: Capstone Portfolio
  • 2 units, required
  • Total: 13 units

 

Course Descriptions