Humanitarian Design and Sustainable Living Design, Academy Eindhoven

— THIS TWO-YEAR MASTER’S program seeks to “create design for humanitarian needs,” says department head Satyendra Pakhalé. The curriculum looks at design from an­thropological and philosophical perspectives, an attitude reflected in student Jose Subero Diaz’s project, “Natureza urbana: São Paulo,” …

D.School, Stanford University

— “THE PROCESS IS AS important or more important than the solution,” says George Kembel, the executive director of D.School. He explains that the program is about using the principles and theories of design to solve issues in different fields, …

Designmatters, Art Center College of Design

— DESIGNMATTERS INTEGRATES design and social activism to focus on humanitarian causes in an interdisciplinary initiative that pairs students and faculty with various nonprofit organizations throughout the world. It was the first school program to be declared a non-governmental organization …

Ravensbourne

— MASTER’S DEGREES are available in Interactive Digital Media or the brand-new Moving Image and Communication Design program. Interactive Digital Media is focused more on functionality than looks, and plans are afoot for students in both programs to work collab-oratively …

Media Arts, UCLA

— “PROGRAMMING ISN’T a technical area, it’s a fluid medium to work in. For this generation, it’s just another tool in design,” says Casey Reas, department chair. UCLA provides a broad education so that understanding technology is framed within the …

Digital + Media Department, Rhode Island School of Design

— A HYBRID OF communication arts, critical study, and technological experimentation, this MFA program gives students the opportunity to pursue “node electives” in areas of interest at neighboring universities, including Brown, which has a strong partnership with RISD. Classes like …

The Media Lab, MIT

— GRADUATE STUDENTS at the MIT Media Lab are “expected to hit the ground running,” says David Small, an alumnus of the institution and a current faculty member. The program, which Small describes as a “convergence of design technology and …

D-Crit, School of Visual Arts

— “I THINK WHAT we’re doing here is pretty novel,” says Alice Twemlow, the program’s chair and co-founder. Started in the fall of 2008, the program is the first in the U.S. to focus specifically on design criticism. Current students …

Yale University

— YALE’S MFA in graphic design is situated in the context of investigation, exploration, and critical analysis of a student’s thematic idea, a philosophy embodied by the department’s wiki website, which can be edited by all, yet remains a unified …