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 and three electives 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 expected to engage in an experience – such as an internship, international design study, an applied research lab, a start-up business, or a government, service or non-profit organization –  and apply what you have learned in the studio in a broader context. This professional development requirement is called Design@Large.

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 295: 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 Courses

The MDes requires three electives: one technical elective, and at least one entrepreneurship or social practice elective from the approved lists of courses, shown below. The third elective may be either an additional elective from the approved list (technical, social practice, or entrepreneurship) or any 3 or 4 unit upper division or graduate level course offered at UC Berkeley, subject to enrollment availability.

Approved Technical electives

  • CEE 190-1/DES INV 190-11 Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Electric Mobility Engineering (3 units)
  • COMPSCI 188: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 260A: User Interface Design and Development (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 260B: Human-Computer Interaction Research (3 units)
  • COMPSCI 284A: Foundations of Computer Graphics (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 289A: Introduction to Machine Learning (4 units)
  • COMPSCI 294-137  Immersive Computing and Virtual Reality (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 257  Data Science for Human Mobility and Socio-technical Systems (4 units)
  • ENGIN 150: Basic Modeling and Simulation Tools for Industrial Research Applications (3 units)
  • INDENG 290 005 : 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: Survey of Materials Science (4 units)
  • MECENG 122: Processing of Materials in Manufacturing (3 units)
  • MECENG C201: Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes (3 units)
  • MECENG 236U: Introduction to Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (3 units)
  • MECENG 280A: Introduction to the Finite Element Method (3 units)
  • NWMEDIA C203: 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 units)
  • ARCH 209 001: Special Topics in Architectural Design: Housing as Design Generator (3 to 4 units)
  • ARCH 209 003: Contradictions in Disaster and Resilience (3 units)
  • ART 160 Social Practices: Special Projects at Platform Artspace (4 units)
  • CYPLAN 205: Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 207: Land and Housing Market Economics (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 216: Active Transportation (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 217: Transportation Policy and Planning (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 213: Transportation and Land Use Planning (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 251: Environmental Planning and Regulation (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 255 : Urban Informatics and Visualization (3 units)
  • CYPLAN 257: Data Science for Human Mobility and Socio-technical Systems (4 units)
  • LAW 262.68 – Section 004: Human Rights Investigations (2 units)
  • LAW 298: New Technologies and War Crimes Investigations (2 units)
  • NWMEDIA 151AC: Transforming Tech: Issues and Interventions in STEM and Silicon Valley (4 units)
  • NWMEDIA 200: History and Theory of New Media (4 units)
  • NWMEDIA C265: Interface Aesthetics (3 units)
  • NWMEDIA 290: Special Topics in New Media: Locative Media (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 or Entrepreneurship elective
  • 3 units
  • Total: 13 units
  • DES INV 200: Design Frameworks
  • 3 units, required
  • Free elective
  • 4 units
  • IND ENG 295: 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