MDes in Product Design
For students holding a bachelor’s degree in a design field or with equivalent professional design experience, the two-year, 60-credit Master of Design in Product Design curriculum consists of studio, methods and seminar courses. The curriculum is project-based, which means that each semester’s course content is integrated around studio-based projects.
With a particular focus on human-centered design and design for sustainability, the Product Design graduate program explores the nature of materials, products and manufacturing from a regional perspective, using the Philadelphia metropolitan region as a laboratory and set of case studies for innovative approaches to product lifecycles and culture. New digital fabrication tools and rapid prototyping processes are addressed in addition to the larger cultural, environmental and business contexts that inform industrial design. The final semester of the two-year program is devoted to a master’s thesis, in which the candidate will work more independently with a group of internal faculty and/or outside professionals to develop a thesis project that must advance the candidate’s chosen field of study.
Students in the Product Design graduate program have access to currently practicing design professionals with backgrounds in fields ranging from architecture, environmental design, industrial design, interaction design, social design, design strategy, design research, cultural anthropology, psychology, industrial systems, organizational development, business and entrepreneurship.
For more information, contact Product Design Program Director Jonas Hauptman at 215-717-6259.