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Urban & Environmental Design

The Master of Science in Urban & Environmental Design (MUED) at the UK College of Design is dedicated to helping students think critically about emerging urban and environmental design problems through real-world projects and future-oriented ideas. The one-year program introduces students to the complexity of urban and rural environments — from the varying spectrum of stakeholders to the bounds of existing infrastructures — and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to designing sustainable communities.

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Urban & Environmental Design Degrees

The Master of Science in Urban & Environmental Design (MUED) at the UK College of Design is dedicated to helping students think critically about emerging urban and environmental design problems through real-world projects and future-oriented ideas. The one-year program introduces students to the complexity of urban and rural environments — from the varying spectrum of stakeholders to the bounds of existing infrastructures — and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to designing sustainable communities.

The curriculum is studio-based to develop an ethic of collaboration and critical thinking among students, faculty and community members. From these relationships, projects emerge that seek inventive ideas to specific design challenges. Students take a diversified sequence of courses that includes history and theory of urban and environmental design, visualization techniques, policy analysis, and socioeconomic research.

MUED students devise innovative methods for community-based design to inspire visions of social and economic sustainability at multiple scales.

Admissions

The MUED was conceived as a studio-based degree for practitioners and consumers of urban and environmental design. The degree will draw candidates from multiple disciplines, including architecture, environmental studies, geography, historic preservation, and landscape architecture.

We look for students with demonstrated critical thinking, aptitude for spatial thinking and visualization, commitment to the rigor of studio, and a passion for improving the physical world around them.

Students without a formal design background are encouraged to apply. Admission will be contingent upon completion of a two-semester foundational studio sequence as a prerequisite. Students with a formal design background must submit a portfolio with their application.

For further details, contact Student Services at 859.257.7623.

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Apply to the MUED Program

Applying to graduate school is a big step. Luckily, we’ve streamlined this process down to a “1, 2 & done” routine.

1. Apply to UK Graduate School.

2. Apply to the MUED program.

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