The MA in Civic Media, Art & Practice The MA in Media Design is an intensive 12-month program that teaches students skills in participatory design and the processes that use media and art to re-imagine civic engagement and participation. MD graduates are well-positioned to create their own avenues for work across a range of careers -- from leadership roles in innovation offices to creative digital roles at foundations and corporations focused on social responsibility -- implementing technologies and practices for civic engagement. READ MORE AND APPLY TODAY.

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The Media Design program strives to produce leaders of the knowledge economy who will embrace innovative and dynamic career opportunities. MD graduates are prepared for a variety of roles as creative leaders, makers and thinkers in organizations of all kinds. Whether coming straight out of an undergraduate program or from industry, MD applies design mindsets to media and art interventions in the real world. Students can enroll full time or part time, and take courses both in person and online. Read More about the Curriculum.


Alumni of the MD program are well positioned for the growing field of scholarship and applied work in civic media, including employment opportunities in government, community media, public media, non-governmental organizations, digital agencies, and cultural organizations.

Past graduates currently work in various job sectors and organizations where they apply the skills and knowledge gained from the program, including the Obama Foundation, Global Family Research Project, Harvard Kennedy School, and more.

All MD students leave with a thesis project in the form of a prototype (and its documentation). Previous alumni thesis projects have ranged from topics and mediums including a creative data literacy curriculum and toolkit that was co-designed with public librarians and youth to an on-demand trash pick-up app aimed at helping neighborhoods in Cairo, Egypt. Some thesis projects have gone on to receive funding for further implementation. Learn more about last year’s thesis projects here.