Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is the Cleveland home of Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). The CAED's Cleveland studios offer a number of graduate degree programs in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. Students at the CUDC also have the opportunity to take courses at Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. All coursework for these programs can be completed in Cleveland, though the admissions process is handled through the main campus in Kent.
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During graduate studies at the CUDC, students investigate real-world problems facing complex urban environments. Investigations focus on Cleveland and other cities, addressing far reaching global concerns. Students have extraordinary opportunities to meet with and respond to community members, local officials, and design professionals through lectures, social events, studio juries, and workshops. In some cases, the students' work helps shape the civic development agenda, providing a focus around which citizens and officials can work together. Students in the Master of Urban Design (MUD) program conclude their graduate experience with independent research toward the completion of a capstone project on a topic of their definition. Students at the CUDC also have the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research and join real-world projects led by the CUDC staff and faculty.
Graduate students at the CUDC can choose from the following degree programs:
MASTER OF URBAN DESIGN
This 32 hour program is usually taken over three semesters. It is intended for students with a prior professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and allied fields who seek an additional qualification and desire to undertake individual graduate level research. (link to more detailed information on admissions, course of study and study abroad options.
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL + MASTER OF URBAN DESIGN
This 44 credit program combines advanced preparation in architecture with a specialization in urban design. For many students, the M.Arch./M.U.D. begins with a study abroad component in Europe from our base of operations in Florence, Italy. The combined program ends with the individualized capstone project.
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONAL
This 44 credit professional degree program (NAAB accredited) seeks to prepare graduates to enter the profession of architecture by stimulating the growth of technical knowledge and design creativity. The program fosters the refinement of design skills acquired in undergraduate programs. Master coursework affords opportunities for inquiry in architecture through the introduction of traditional scholarly research methods as well as approaches to research through design. Professional practice course offerings provide a comprehensive exposure to professional issues and a broad capacity for considering the practice of architecture in innovative ways.
MASTER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE I
This 72 credit program is designed to be a professional degree program, seeking its first cohort of students, with a curriculum that conveys the disciplinary knowledge required for attaining LAAB accreditation. The program provides graduates with the requisite intellectual base for adapting to the design challenges facing landscape architecture today.
MASTER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE II
This 60 credit program is a post-professional, advanced degree for students holding an LAAB accredited degree in Landscape Architecture. The MLA II does not carry accreditation. The MLA II is intended for students to develop new knowledge through research and design, and to provide professionals with the opportunity for specialization in an area of their choosing. The plan of study is developed through the guidance of the Landscape Architecture Program Director.