Design@Large expects students to engage in an experience outside of an MDes course or studio where you apply what you have learned in a broader context. It typically takes place in the summer between the MDes Spring and Fall semesters.

Uniquely defined by your own interests and career goals, Design@Large degree requirement may be satisfied by:

  • securing an internship
  • having an international experience
  • contributing to a research project
  • launching or contributing to a new start-up or business
  • working in government, service or non-profit organization

The MDes program provides Career Services advising and other resources to aid you in your pursuit of internships or other professional opportunities as part of this requirement. It is each student’s responsibility, however, to define and identify your Design@Large experience.

You are expected to demonstrate the completion of the Design@Large requirement by documenting a project or contribution from your experience in DES INV 219: Capstone Portfolio, a culminating core course in the last semester of the program.  

Capstone Portfolio

In DES INV 219: Capstone Portfolio, students compile a portfolio of work that has been completed during the MDes program, selecting meaningful pieces that demonstrate the achievement of key learning objectives and highlight the underlying themes of your course of study in the program. Through this documentation, the Capstone Portfolio helps you define your unique practice by bringing together key insights from MDes courses and studios with a reflection on their application in your Design@Large experience.