Admission Events


Learn about the Berkeley MDes

If you would like to learn about the Berkeley Master of Design (MDes), please view this introduction to the program with Eric Paulos, MDes Faculty Director; Kyle Steinfeld, MDes Associate Director; and Gwynne Keathley, MDes Executive Director. This video provides a comprehensive overview of the MDes program and the 2021 admissions requirements.

MDes Information Sessions

If you are curious to hear first-hand about the Berkeley MDes, please join us for an information session. These remote sessions are an exciting time to meet the MDes leadership, faculty, students and staff and hear first-hand about the MDes experience. We will provide a short presentation about the program – its vision, curriculum, admissions process and more. We will then open the session for your questions and conversation. Please register for a session below!

MDes Information Session 

Friday, December 11, 9.00 – 10.00 am PST
12/11 Registration

Join us and learn more about the MDes program. This is our last and final information session before applications are due January 4, 2021 (8:50pm PST).

This session features:

  • Eric Paulos, MDes Faculty Director, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; founder and director of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab, Director of the CITRIS Invention Lab, a Co-Director of the Swarm Lab, and faculty within the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM)
  • Kyle Steinfeld, MDes Faculty Associate Director, Associate Professor, Architecture
  • Gwynne Keathley, MDes Executive Director

MDes Admissions Application Q&A Session

Attend an MDes Admissions Application Q&A session for an overview of the MDes Admissions requirements and tips for preparing your application to the MDes. The majority of the time of these informal sessions will be focused on answering your questions!

Tuesday, December 15, 8.30 – 9.30 am  PST
12/15 Registration
Friday, December 18, 8.30 – 9.30 am  PST
12/18 Registration

MDes Individual Advising

If you would like to sign up for an individual advising appointment to discuss the Berkeley MDes Program one-on-one with an MDes Advisor, please schedule a time here.

Berkeley Campus Tour

In Fall 2020, the MDes will not be providing tours due to UC Berkeley campus restrictions and our concern for public safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you, instead, to view a video tour of UC Berkeley’s campus, including the studio spaces for the MDes program in Jacobs Hall and Wurster Hall on MDes Studio & Facilities.

MDes Program Activities and Events

There are also regular events, including lectures and design conversations, hosted virtually by the Jacobs Institute and the College of Environmental Design. View these calendars for the most up-to-date event information.



If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about mobility access in order to fully participate in any MDes event, please contact Gwynne Keathley <gkeathley@berkeley,edu> with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7–10 days in advance of the event.