Mission Statement

In the 21st century, as the field of Industrial Design goes through momentous changes, the Industrial Design department is set to prepare students to become active participants in shaping future society and culture. Whether working with industry or acting as entrepreneurs, students will be able to create products, systems, and environments that help to innovate and improve people’s quality of life.

The MID degree is a two-year, 60-credit program for all students, regardless of their previous background. Collegiality and cohesion in each incoming group of graduate students are essential to a program that creates a learning environment where the richness of the program is enhanced by diversity, inclusion, and a strong sense of community.

Our MID program is a generalist, humanist scheme designed to support the varying skills and interests of the students. Students can take specialized studios and courses that respond to their individual interests and pursuits. The entire curriculum is designed to offer all students the professional knowledge and skills in historical, societal, and global contexts that are necessary for becoming successful design professionals and entrepreneurs.

Design Thesis provides the greatest possible freedom and opportunity for the pursuit of a selected topic and is done under the direction of a Thesis Advisor of students’ choice. The thesis subjects address social and environmental issues of global significance. The projects range from consumer products and furniture to complex systems that involve emerging technologies, materials, and behavioral patterns. The thesis culminates in a formal presentation to invited jurors, followed by a presentation of the work at the annual Pratt Show, a public event attended by industry leaders and potential employers.

MID Awards

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation:

  1. Students demonstrate professional competence in formulating design problems and translating their ideas into 2-D and 3-D design solutions.

  2. Students can apply the steps of the design process and use appropriate digital/analogue tools.

  3. Students approach the needs of clients and end-users with ethical/humanistic perspective.

  4. Students use intellectual critical methods of design inquiry and research.

  5. Students express a personal design viewpoint in their writing, projects, and visual presentations.

  6. Students can collaborate within interdisciplinary design teams.

  7. Students use a life cycle approach to examine environmental and social impact of their design, and use that knowledge to develop holistic sustainable strategies.

  8. Students demonstrate an understanding of the broader context of design in relation to issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Masters of Industrial Design program should submit a portfolio online at pratt.slideroom.com including both text (descriptions, problem statement, etc.) and images (from development sketches to finished work). 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 Master in Industrial Design 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. The minimum required TOEFL score is 85 (Internet), and the required IELTS score is 6.5. *Please note: this is the accurate score for 2022; the catalog can be disregarded.