For students entering Fall 2018

First Year

4 units          GSD 2482        Art, Design and the Public Domain Proseminar
4 units          GSD 2484        Interdisciplinary Art Practices
24 units        Electives

Second Year

3 Semester Track:
16 units        Electives


4 Semester Thesis Track:
16 units        Electives
8 units          GSD 9304        Independent Thesis for the Degree Master in Design Studies


Suggested Electives for Art, Design, and the Public Domain

Visual Culture

VIS-2481 Public Projection: Projection as a Tool for Expression and Communication in Public Space
HIS-4451 Materiality, Visual Culture, and Media
VIS-2344 Constructing Visual Narratives of Place

Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES)
AESTHINT 58  Modern Art and Modernity
VES 351HFA  Film Study Center Non-Fiction Filmmaking Workshop
VES 196R  Directed Research: Studio Course

4.314/5  Advanced workshop in artistic practice and transdisciplinary research

Environment and the Public

DES-3369  Spaces of Solidarity
SES-5497  Public Space
DES-3348  The Idea of Environment
DES-3333  Culture, Conservation and Design
DES-3358  An Unsentimental Look at Architecture and Social Craft
SES-5530  Healthy Places
HIS-4362  Structuring Urban Experience

11.236  Participatory Action Research (PAR) 1
EDU S316  Art, Design, and Learning in Public Spaces

Harvard Kennedy School
DPI-218  Dissent and Disobedience in Democracies
DPI-391  Race, Inequality, and American Democracy
MLD-356M  Public Narrative: Loss, Difference, Power, and Change

VES 197K  Cinemas of Resistance: Political Filmmaking Across the Globe

Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)
ENG-SCI 26  Humanity and its Challenges: Systems Thinking and Engineering Design Solutions

Design Tools and Technology

VIS-2446  Drawing for Designers: Techniques of Expression, Articulation, and Representation
SCI-6322  Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation
SCI-6317  Material Systems: Digital Design and Fabrication
SCI-6477  Nano Micro Macro: Adaptive Material Laboratory (with SEAS)
SCI-6360  Digital Fabrication and Robotics

Department of English
Creative Writing Workshops (

4.140J / MAS.863J  How to Make (Almost) Anything

(Required courses for students who entered in Fall 2017.)