We explore the role of design in the world through two separate but related tracks—Lab and Field.

Lab track students use design to explore the implications of emerging ideas from science, culture and technology. Field track students study local practices and global systems in diverse international contexts, from refugee camps to corporate boardrooms to urban slums.

NOTE: The Media Design Practices curriculum is currently being revised for the Fall 2018 class. Changes currently underway will streamline the Lab and Field tracks into one, unified curriculum while still providing both 2-year and 3-year paths through the program. Please check back in November for the finalized curriculum.

Field track—2-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Field Core A 2
Field Core B 2
Field Core C 2
Field Projects 1 6
Critical Frameworks 1 (Field) 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Colloquium 1
Field Projects 2 12
Critical Frameworks 2 (Field) 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER (ACL)
Studio Independent Study 3
TERM 4 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Field Thesis 1 12
Critical Practices 1 (Field) 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Field Thesis 2           12
Critical Practices 2 (Field) 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 66

Field track—3-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Media Design 1 2
Creative Technology 1 4
Dev Projects 1 6
Critical Histories 1 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Colloquium 1
Media Design 2 2
Creative Technology 2 4
Dev Projects 2 6
Critical Histories 2 3
TERM 3 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Field Core A 2
Field Core B 2
Field Core C 2
Field Projects 1 6
Critical Frameworks 1 (Field) 3
TERM 4 - SPRING
Colloquium 1
Field Projects 2 12
Critical Frameworks 2 (Field) 3
TERM 5 - SUMMER (ACL)
Studio Independent Study 3
TERM 6 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Field Thesis 1 12
Critical Practices 1 (Field) 3
TERM 7 - SPRING
Field Thesis 2           12
Critical Practices 2 (Field) 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 96

Lab track—2-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Lab Core A: Structures 2
Lab Core B: Interactions 2
Lab Core C: Interventions 2
Lab Projects 1 6
Critical Frameworks 1 (Lab) 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Colloquium 1
Lab Projects 2 12
Critical Frameworks 2 (Lab) 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER (ACL)
Studio Independent Study 3
TERM 4 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Lab Thesis 1 12
Critical Practices 1 (Lab) 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Lab Thesis 2         12
Critical Practices 2 (Lab) 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 66

Lab track—3-year

TERM 1 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Media Design 1 2
Creative Technology 1 4
Dev Projects 1 6
Critical Histories 1 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Colloquium 1
Media Design 2 2
Creative Technology 2 4
Dev Projects 2 6
Critical Histories 2 3
TERM 3 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Lab Core A: Structures 2
Lab Core B: Interactions 2
Lab Core C: Interventions 2
Lab Projects 1 6
Critical Frameworks 1 (Lab) 3
TERM 4 - SPRING
Colloquium 1
Lab Projects 2 12
Critical Frameworks 2 (Lab) 3
TERM 5 - SUMMER (ACL)
Studio Independent Study 3
TERM 6 - FALL
Colloquium 1
Lab Thesis 1 12
Critical Practices 1 (Lab) 3
TERM 7 - SPRING
Lab Thesis 2         12
Critical Practices 2 (Lab) 3
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 98