The MDes 2+ year graduate program was created as a shorter version of the 3-year MIA. Anticipating a wide range of incoming students' skills and understanding of design concepts, a summer program in Providence was developed as a rigorous introduction to both design principles and basic skills of representation and making. Students who complete the summer program are prepared to fully undertake the next two years of Interior Studies.
The Summer Program at Denmark International Studies (DIS) in Copenhagen is used for the MA graduate program. Copenhagen's unique approach to environmental issues provides an apt introduction of such topics to an international group with diverse backgrounds.