MDes in Product Design

Quick Takes

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.

Andrew Dahlgren MID 07

After UArts

Learn more about alumni like Andrew Dahlgren MID '07 (Industrial Design) who have found success after graduating from UArts.

Laundry Punch Bag by Jason Lampieri MID '04

In the News

Laundry Punch Bag by faculty member/alum Jason Lempieri MID '04 (Industrial Design) wins prestigious Core77 Design Award.

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Featured Student Work

Work by Master of Industrial Design students is featured in the Studio Spotlight (see link above). Other work by students, faculty and alumni in the program can be found at the bottom of this page.