Our master of urban design (MUD) degree focuses on an integrative studio experience at the core of the one-year program. The studio experience provides mentorships, interdisciplinary teaching, and immersive and service learning. Mentoring Experience Each student is required to have a practitioner as studio advisor and mentor. This provides students a local professional who can act as a sounding board for their studio efforts and career opportunities. Mentors also will provide a connection to the professional communities in Indianapolis and added perspectives in studio jury events. Interdisciplinary Teaching Urban design requires a broad understanding of environmental issues, history, landscape design, building types design, real estate, infrastructure, and community engagement. Instructors from urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation in the College of Architecture and Planning serve as the faculty for the MUD program. Studios also welcome visiting experts, community representatives, and agency leaders. Community-Based Projects The program is based on real-world immersive learning. All of your studios and core courses will focus on a single comprehensive urban design study for a real-world site in the Indianapolis area. From the urban design analysis studio to your capstone project, you'll become intimately familiar with the site, its stakeholders, and its challenges and opportunities, just as you will as a professional urban designer.
You'll also participate in multidisciplinary charrettes—community design workshops—as part of Ball State’s Community-Based Projects program and through the efforts of the College of Architecture and Planning Indianapolis Center (CAP:IC). For more than 45 years, CAP students and faculty have been part of the service-learning tradition in Indianapolis and hundreds of other communities. This nationally recognized program provides students with a 360-degree view of living, learning, and serving in a growing and diverse metropolitan center.
Course ScheduleThe program is designed so that you can maintain at least a part-time job or a graduate assistantship if you desire. Courses are typically held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with some evening courses other days possible. All courses are held at CAP:IC in downtown Indianapolis. While core courses are limited to enrollment by MUD students, some electives are open to all CAP graduate students. Learn more about upcoming open courses.
Required Laptop Computer All students must have a laptop computer. While either Windows or MacOS systems are acceptable, MacOS computers must be able to dual boot into Windows, as some applications are only supported on Windows. Students should review the computer recommendations from the Department of Architecture for hardware suggestions. Core software applications include Office, Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro), and Google Sketchup. Ball State offers substantial discounts on both Windows and Mac operating systems as well as Office and Adobe products, while Google Sketchup is available online for free. Students are provided with a student copy of ArcGIS.
Curriculum (Revised for Fall 2013)Required Courses (20 Credits)
UD 501: Urban Design Studio 1: Sustainable Urban Systems, 2UD 502: Urban Design Studio 2: Urban Mobility, 2UD 503: Urban Design Studio 3: Community Based Design, 2UD 601: Urban Design Studio 4: Public Realm Design, 2UD 602: Urban Design Capstone, 4UD 690: Reflective Synthesis, 2CAP 651: Research Methods, 3UD 640: History of Urban Form, 3
Design Communication Modules (Choose 7 Credits)
UD 561: Urban Design Communications 1, 3UD 562: Urban Design Communications 2, 3UD 569: Topical Computer Graphics Workshop, 1UD 663: Urban Design Visualization, 3PLAN 512: Geographic Information Systems, 3
Urban Design Theory Modules (Choose 3 Credits)
PLAN 585: Introduction to Community Development and Enterprise Planning, 3PLAN 625: Planning Law, 3Elective, 3
Urban Design Colloquia (Choose 2 Credits)
UD 637: Urban Design Topics, 1
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