The Master of Science in Architecture Program in Design Computing offers an opportunity to pursue graduate study in design computing – an emerging field concerned with the development of a new generation of design software, application of simulation, analysis, and fabrication in the design process, and utilization of digital technologies to create smart environments. Students from many disciplinary backgrounds (including applicants without a previous design degree) join together to pursue education and research in areas that include design methods, augmented and virtual reality, simulation and analysis, collaboration and community, digital fabrication, human computer interfaces for design, smart environments and other related topics.

The Program in Design Computing is usually completed in 4 to 6 quarters. Students in the program work collaboratively in the Design Machine Group, a “research studio” environment dedicated to fostering the future of design and information technology. The projects at this research lab focus on design, computing and the built environment. Visit the DMG web site for additional information.

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A minimum of 45 quarter credits are required for the completion of the program. These requirements are structured to fit the individual areas of specialization; however, certain common course requirements are required of all M.S. Design Computing stream students. The core curriculum of 24 credits is comprised of a series of  three courses that combine discipline specific knowledge building with a focus on applied research skills, the thesis research proposal and masters thesis. The final 21 credits of course work involve a series of design computing seminars that are determined in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Course Schedule

24 credits core curriculum courses:
Arch 587 Theory of Design Computing, 3 credits
Arch 588 Research Practice, 3 credits
Arch 597 Research Practicum, 5 credits
Arch 599 Thesis Research Preparation, 4 credits
Arch 700 Master’s Thesis, 9 credits

21 credits selectives

Download the MS ARCH Design Computing Info Sheet.