Computational Design Lab


Listed below are the academic programs associated with the Computational Design Lab. For more information on admission procedures, please visit the School of Architecture admission website.

Master of Tangible Interaction Design

The Masters of Tangible Interaction Design program (MTID) at Carnegie Mellon is a multidisciplinary collaborative formed to address complex issues at the intersection of art, design, architecture and engineering.  The core faculty for the program hold appointments in the School of Architecture, School of Art, and the School of Design; MTID’s affiliate faculty expand this expertise with representation from the Schools of Computer Science, Drama, and Music, The Robotics Institute, and The College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

MTID functions as three-semester long curriculum that includes graduate seminars, advanced hands-on studios, and a thesis project, centered around new computational technologies in making. The program serves two distinct groups: those with significant engineering and/or computer science knowledge who wish to master design or artistic skills, and those with significant design, art, or architecture experience who wish to master technological means of making.

The scope of study in the MTID program is broad, including interaction design, digital fabrication, data visualization, physical computing, analog and digital electronics, installation art, tactical media, and experiential media. Students attend design and technology courses and a studio where they apply these skills. Students also read and discuss the literature of this emerging field in a seminar course.

Please refer to this page for details of the MTID curriculum.

Master of Science in Computational Design

The Master of Science in Computational Design (MSCD) is a four-semester research program that mobilizes Carnegie Mellon’s computational strength to give students the tools to explore new design opportunities and critical perspectives at the intersection of design and computation. Ranging from the applied to the speculative and critical, students in the program conduct research on subjects such as architectural robotics, artificial intelligence, simulation, generative design, responsive environments, shape grammars as well as embodied forms of interaction, fabrication and expression.

A research program, the MSCD sees computation not only as a vehicle of design exploration in architecture and other creative fields, but also as a worthy subject of scholarly analysis and debate. The program is well suited to highly inquisitive applicants who are interested in challenging disciplinary boundaries, develop a unique research agenda and acquire the conceptual and technical skills to conduct computational design research at the highest levels of scholarly rigor and creativity.

The program welcomes applications from both research and practice-oriented candidates with backgrounds in areas such as architecture, media arts, engineering, computer science and planning.

Please refer to this page for details of the MSCD curriculum.