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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

We are not accepting applications for the 2022-23 academic year at this time. We expect to reopen applications next year for the 2023-24 academic year. Please check back on this webpage for updates or contact jeff.fugate@uky.edu for additional information about the program.

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.

The MUED offers flexible degree options for a variety of student backgrounds and design experience levels. Students with no formal design background are encouraged to apply.

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

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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.

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We are not accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year at this time.

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