M.S. MDC Curriculum and Requirements

First Year

Upon entering the program, students will be assigned a primary advisor from the graduate faculty who represent the MDC concentration and whose interests mirror those of the student. The students will use the first semester to develop a comprehensive research agenda. During the first year, students will also take elective classes in support of their research. These classes will be carefully selected in consultation with the student's primary advisor. At the end of the first year, students are required to produce a comprehensive research plan, with supporting materials, outlining the approach to their thesis. Students also must have a full (two-person) special committee in place no later than the end of the first year.

List of first-year fall classes and credits.
ARCH 7151 Design Topic Research Studio - Matter Design ComputationThe research studio is topical in nature and engages fundamental concepts in matter design computation. 6
Minor or open elective 3
Visual Representation elective 3
Total 12
List of first-year spring classes and credits.
Spring Semester Credits
ARCH 7152 Design Topic Research Studio 2 - Matter Design ComputationContinuation of subjects developed in the first term. Focus is on research methods in matter design computation. 6
Minor or open elective 3
Visual Representation elective 3
Total 12

Summer

Students will be strongly encouraged to work in faculty labs or on faculty research programs during the summer between their first and second year of study.

Recommended summer research class.
Class Credits
GRAD 9016 Thesis Research 6

Second Year

The second year of the program is devoted to the production of a capstone document — a thesis. Students work closely with their special committee and take electives in support of their research during the fall term as necessary.

List of second-year fall classes and credits.
Fall Semester Credits
ARCH 8151 Design Topic Research Studio 3 - Matter Design ComputationPre-thesis research on an independent design project on a topic selected and developed by the student in preparation for ARCH 8905. 9
Minor or open elective 3
Total 12
List of second-year spring classes and credits.
Spring Semester Credits
ARCH 8905 Independent Design Thesis - Matter Design ComputationAn independent design project on a topic selected and developed by the student and researched in ARCH 8151. Marking the transition between academic and professional practices, the objective of the thesis project is for each student to define an individual position with regard to the discipline and practice of architecture in the context of matter design computation. 9
Minor or open elective 3
Total 12
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