MDC Academic Programs

Public Interest Design diorama.

The Minnesota Design Center's academic programs, housed with the College of Design's School of Architecture, have been developed to facilitate the ever increasing requests for better and more sustainable urban design solutions from which to respond, assess, and resolve pressing questions confronting metropolitan regions in the twenty first century.

While the quality-of-life of American cities has improved considerably, we must address issues related to energy consumption, sustainable residential design, and transportation and land-use to achieve even greater urban vitality and livability. The Minnesota Design Center's academic programs respond to the above needs by providing a M.S. in Metropolitan Design and a Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Design.