Learn to design and fully engage cities in our off-campus location embedded in downtown Indianapolis, the state’s capital, and the nation’s 15th largest city. Our Master of Urban Design (MUD) program will provide you with real-world experiences throughout Indianapolis, the state, and beyond. The program is located at CAP: INDY, 25 North Pine Street in Indianapolis, and is part of the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning.
The program is a 32-credit, one-year post-professional degree that requires a core understanding of environmental design, design thinking, and relationships between sites, people, and contexts. You’ll participate in studio- and community-based courses taught by an interdisciplinary team of professors from Ball State’s Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning. Students admitted to the MUD Program are eligible to apply for paid intern positions (up to 20 hours/week) working on a variety of neighborhood and city projects as well as public outreach and engagement initiatives through the Design Center.
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Indianapolis has a growing population of more than 850,000 and is initiating important infrastructure investments that will contribute to the region’s economic and environmental sustainability. CAP students and faculty are immersed in the community discussion and demonstrating the regenerative possibilities of sustainable urban design through the exploration of contemporary ideas.
All of your studios and core courses will focus on urban design for real-world sites in the Indianapolis area and beyond. From the urban design analysis studio to your capstone project, you'll become intimately familiar with a 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— through the efforts of the R. Wayne Estopinal Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning's Indy Connector. For decades, 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.
Expert professors and professionals from architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning in the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning serve as faculty for the MUD program, providing you with a broad overview of environmental issues, history, landscape design, building types design, real estate, infrastructure, and community engagement. Studios also engage visiting experts, community representatives, and agency leaders.
You will be assigned a local practitioner as a professional mentor. This professional will offer advice regarding your studio efforts and career opportunities. Mentors will also provide connections to the professional communities in Indianapolis and added perspectives in studio jury events.
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Laptop Computer Requirement
All students must have a laptop computer. Although either Windows or Mac operating systems are acceptable, macOS computers must be able to dual boot into Windows, as some applications are supported only 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 Trimble Sketchup. Ball State offers substantial discounts on both Windows and Mac operating systems as well as Office and Adobe products, while Trimble Sketchup is available online for free. Students are provided with a student copy of ArcGIS.