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 executive director.

 

Approved Technical electives

  • COMPSCI 188 001 LEC 001: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 260A 001 LEC 001: User Interface Design and Development (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 260B 001 LEC 001: Human-Computer Interaction Research (3 units)
  • COMPSCI 284A: Foundations of Computer Graphics (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 289A 001 LEC 001: Introduction to Machine Learning (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 294-137 LEC 137: Immersive Computing and Virtual Reality (3 units)
  • ENGIN 150 001 LEC 001: Basic Modeling and Simulation Tools for Industrial Research Applications (3 units)
  • INDENG 290 005 LEC 005: Special Topics in Industrial Engineering and Operation Research: Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Data-X (Applied Data Science with Venture Application) 3 units
  • INTEGBI C 217/BIO ENG C217/MEC ENG C217: Biomimetic Engineering (3 units)
  • MAT SCI 200A 001 LEC 001: Survey of Materials Science (4 units)
  • MECENG 122 001 LEC 001: Processing of Materials in Manufacturing (3 units)
  • MECENG 236U 001 LEC 001: Introduction to Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (3 units)
  • MECENG 280A 001 LEC 001: Introduction to the Finite Element Method (3 units)
  • NWMEDIA C203 001 LEC 001: Critical Making (4 units)

Approved Entrepreneurship electives

  • INDENG 185: 002 SEM 002 Challenge Lab: Emerging Technologies and Social Impact (4 units)
  • INDENG 185: 003 SEM 003: Challenge Lab: Product Design & Customer Needfinding: Alternative Meat (4 units)
  • INDENG 186 001 SEM 001: Product Management (3 units)
  • INDENG 290 001: Special Topics in Industrial Engineering and Operation Research: Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Deplastifying the Planet (2 units)
  • INDENG 290 002: Special Topics in Industrial Engineering and Operation Research: Entrepreneurship & Innovation: Mobile-Collider for a Sheltered but Connected World (3 units)
  • INDENG 290 004 LEC 004: Management of Technology Innovation (3 units)

Approved Social Practice electives:

  • ARCH 209 001: Virtual Reality: Theory and Representation (3 unit)
  • ARCH 209 003 LEC 003: Contradictions in Disaster and Resilience (3 units)CYPLAN 216 001 – LEC 001: Active Transportation (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 213 001  LEC 001: Transportation and Land Use Planning (3 units)
  • CYPLAN C251: Environmental Policy and Regulation (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 255 001 LEC 001: Urban Informatics and Visualization (3 units)
  • NWMEDIA 200 001 SEM 001: History and Theory of New Media (4 units)
  • NWMEDIA C265 001 LEC 001: Interface Aesthetics (3 units)
  • NWMEDIA 151AC 001 LEC 001: Transforming Tech: Issues and Interventions in STEM and Silicon Valley (4 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