Master of Industrial Design
The Master of Industrial Design (MID) program is structured around a careful balance of classroom learning and reflection and real-world application of design practice. Seminars, lectures, workshops and critiques from faculty and leading outside professionals create a dynamic studio environment.
Design is a leading agent of social change, instrumental in fostering strategic creativity, organizational learning and community engagement. MID graduate students engage in partnerships with local organizations and businesses through projects that stress dialogue and co-design with stakeholders. We promote a design process that facilitates collaboration across disciplines and that produces actionable models and scenarios to create sustainable change. Our process is hands-on, action-oriented and highly visual. The needs and desires of people exist at the center of our work. We recognize the need to balance ecological, social and economic values in the development of innovative solutions.
Students in the Master of Industrial Design program learn from pioneering design professionals and thought leaders. Our faculty members are at the forefront of fields that include architecture, environmental design, communication design, interaction design, social design, design strategy, design research, cultural anthropology, psychology, industrial systems, organizational development and entrepreneurship.
We welcome students to our programs from around the world and they bring with them a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds, from business to industrial and graphic design to visual arts to the sciences. What unites our students is a shared passion for understanding the needs of people, communities and organizations so that a truly human-centered design process can make a difference in the how they live, play and work.
MID alumni follow a range of professional pathways within and beyond design, whether design research, industrial design, experience and interaction design, design strategy, or other entrepreneurial directions. In addition to starting their own initiatives and design consultancies, our alumni have gone on to work for such organizations as Electronic Ink, Empathy Lab, Comcast Interactive Media, andCulture, Control Group and University of Pennsylvania Health System's Center for Innovation.
Our partnership projects with businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and community groups offer the perfect opportunity to put learning into practice and gain valuable outside perspectives on the power of design to create meaningful impact. In our studio and thesis work, project outcomes range from new service models, design for user experience, strategies and tools for community engagement, and the development of social entities, organizations, new businesses and initiatives.