This program is available to students in the Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design programs.
The Knowledge Media Design Collaborative Program (KMD CP) spans the study of ways in which media and media technologies shape and are shaped by human activity. The program designs, builds, uses, evaluates, and critiques the media and polices of our networked world. The KMD CP is designed to provide graduate students opportunities to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds on interdisciplinary human-centred projects that explore the interaction between media, technology, design and society. KMD courses allow students to work with experts from across disciplinary boundaries to tackle complex socio-technical issues surround the design, dissemination, preservation and interaction with knowledge systems. Students, through experiential learning, engage in each stage of the design thinking process - brainstorming, prototyping, and evaluation. Projects are geared towards real-world problems and are designed to give students opportunities to publish papers, deliver conference presentations, and even provide the ground work for start-up businesses.
KMDI itself is a recognized leader in the international KMD community, its graduate students connecting with a network of researchers, scholars and practitioners in both the university and private sectors. As members of KMDI’s research community, Collaborative Program Students gain access to cross-departmental resources and are provided training and support for a range of new technologies implemented directly in their course projects and as platforms for larger research programs. Study in the Collaborative Program better prepares U of T graduates for critical engagement with new media in the context of real world practices of individuals and communities, who innovate, collaborate and create media and technologies designed to support and enhance the ability of people, groups and communities to work, learn, play and create knowledge.
Students apply for the KMD Collaborative Program from a variety of academic backgrounds, with broad technical or intellectual expertise, and a dedication to interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Applications are welcome from students who demonstrate a combination of: strong academic performance; intellectual maturity; excellent communication skills; creative engagement with some aspect of knowledge media; interest and aptitude for collaborative, interdisciplinary work; and commitment to complete a challenging course of study.
The Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media Design offers an interdisciplinary specialization to a regular departmental degree program. Students may apply for the KMD Collaborative Program when they begin their degree, or while their degree is in progress. New students must apply separately to the Collaborative Program and the Daniels Faculty. The KMDI Program Committee will consider applications after we confirm a student’s acceptance.
The Collaborative Program accepts applications throughout the academic year and notifies successful applicants at the end of each term. For information regarding the application procedures, admission requirements and more, please visit the KMD website at: http://kmdi.utoronto.ca/
If current, you can request that the Daniels Faculty provide KMDI access to your online application materials for letters of reference and academic transcripts. You will need to request that we allow KMDI to access your online application materials.