Using interdisciplinary design to impact social issues in a global context and apply new ideas from science, technology and culture.
How do designers operate in a world of perpetual change? What is the relationship between future speculation and today’s very real, very immediate challenges? And how might such conditions generate new practices in design? These are the issues students raise and tackle head-on in Media Design Practices (MDP).
Our interdisciplinary MFA is grounded in media—graphic, visual, interactive, spatial, experiential—and technology. Students explore the role of design in the world through two different but related contexts, reflected in the names of our two tracks: Lab, which uses design to explore the intersection of science, technology and culture; and Field, which places students in diverse international contexts to practice social impact design, in partnership with Designmatters.
When these two tracks come together—in the studio, classes and reviews—a vibrant dialogue emerges. What results is an array of student perspectives that recasts the role of technology in society in surprising new ways. Upon graduation, students are ready to launch a design practice that is uniquely suited to the challenges of our time.