Mission Statement

There are millions of people all over the world waiting for the enlightened and entrepreneurial participation of designers, waiting to hear the insights that come from our years of work and study—real interventions that can touch the lives of all citizens of the world via the language of design, showing what's possible in life. The Industrial Design Department at Pratt is united in a common rigorous pursuit of creativity, explored through projects large and small, and translating ideas into a wide variety of forms, systems and structures. At grad level, our mission extends to bringing conceptual and design skills to a higher level than undergrad, through significant research activity and personal engagement (character), while allowing the individual sensibility of the designer to flourish through individual thesis projects and contact with the New York design scene. Ours is a generalist, humanist design program that pays particular attention to students without prior design degrees, helping them to incorporate their previous backgrounds and interests in their work, and to enter the professional sphere with conviction, intelligence, and skill. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop an independent masters-level thesis project that reflects the design process according to current professional practice. Above all, emphasis will be placed on addressing human needs from the point of view of interface, ergonomic, social, global, historical, ethical, and commercial issues.
  • Students will acquire professional-level competence in two- and three-dimensional design, using aesthetic sensibility, digital/analog tools, and critical thinking, combined with a working knowledge of materials and methods in an environmentally responsible context.
  • Students will hone their writing to complement other presentation skills related to research, design concepts, theory, and development of a persuasive personal viewpoint verbally and in written documentation.
  • Graduates from the M.I.D. program will have working knowledge of the business aspects of design, with emphasis on entrepreneurship, protection of intellectual property, teamwork, and marketing.

Degree Requirements

Applicants for the Masters of Industrial Design program should submit a portfolio on-line at pratt.slideroom.com (preferred) or in print format. If submitting by print format, each piece should be no larger than 8.5" x 11" and may contain both text and images and prefer perfect bound portfolios. The portfolio must contain examples of drawing and sketching as a communication tool, the building of three dimensional objects, and basic graphic design skills using computer presentation programs. Showing project process as well as final product is recommended. Please include any additional materials that tell the story of who you are as a creative person. You may include digital media in addition if you wish, but we would prefer not to have it as the only submission. The M.I.D. program is highly collaborative and includes students from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is therefore helpful to include in the statement special skills that would benefit your peers. A TOEFL of 575 (paper) 233 (computer) or 90 (Internet) is required.


Requirements for MID, 2013