The Master of Science in Urban and 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. Projects emerge as relationships are built with community partners that seek inventive ideas to specific design challenges. Students also 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.