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Packaging, Identities and Systems Design, MS

multiple packaging designs, from boxes to applicators of a proposed perfume line called
Type
Graduate, MS
Department
Graduate Communications Design
School
School of Design

As you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive as a designer you’ll also find the creative space to nurture your personal passion. You’ll enter the professional world with a diverse body of work and educational foundation necessary to join the next generation of innovative design leaders.

Overview

The MS in Packaging, Identities and Systems Design is the contemporary evolution of a degree first offered in 1966. The curriculum helps students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive as designers while providing the creative space to nurture personal passions. During the program, students apply contemporary design processes, methods, tools, and technologies toward sustainable solutions that address social and environmental concerns, and build capacity to adapt and augment these skills throughout their lives.

The program’s coursework allows students to achieve competency in exploring and expressing inclusive and universally accessible design solutions across two, three, and four dimensions by continuously evaluating the impact of design decisions on local and global resources and communities. Students work diligently to engage complex problems and anticipate the multivariate impact their projects would have. The program is firmly grounded in real-world design practice, while encouraging aspirational and speculative design approaches as part of each student’s process. 

Throughout their course of study, students gain the capability to research, identify and ethically incorporate current sustainability practices in material use, distribution, life cycles, earth ecologies, and social practices. They demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of a wide range of design theories and histories within their socio-economic context, and direct that expertise toward both applied and theoretical frameworks. It may include complex branding systems, inventive solutions for sustainable packaging, virtual experience systems, or innovative applications of nascent materials. 

Students strengthen the skills and knowledge they bring to the program while also developing new, complex capabilities. Upon successfully completing the program, students will be prepared to enter the varied field of design practice as they develop humility, social sensitivity, and cross-cultural competency to provide strategic leadership that takes into consideration a plurality of perspectives within a multidisciplinary professional or academic environment. Our graduates work in small and large practices, create iconic and influential work, build successful careers, and become leaders in their fields.  

The MS in Packaging, Identities and Systems Design is a STEM-designated program with classes offered during the day and evenings. A minimum of 48 credits is required for degree completion. We welcome students with previous experience in design and adjacent disciplines, but also professionals from different backgrounds. A few years of working experience in any field is recommended. Please see application guidelines in the “Applying to Pratt” section.

 
design of an open source impairment toolset restraint, a metal glove with a skeletal design, to go over the fingernails and thumb
Package design including a box with graphics of cursive writing resembling silk bows, with a sculpture, voxel like design

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes of the MS Packaging, Identities and Systems Design degree:

  • Apply contemporary design processes, methods, tools, and technologies toward sustainable solutions that address social and environmental concerns, and build capacity to adapt and augment these skills throughout their lives.
  • Achieve competency in exploring and expressing inclusive and universally accessible design solutions across two, three, and four dimensions by continuously evaluating the impact of design decisions on local and global resources and communities.
  • Gain the capability to research, identify and ethically incorporate current sustainability practices in material use, distribution, life cycles, earth ecologies, and social practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of a wide range of design theories and histories within their socio-economic context, and direct that expertise toward both applied and theoretical frameworks.
  • Develop humility, social sensitivity, and cross-cultural competency to provide strategic leadership that takes into consideration a plurality of perspectives within a multidisciplinary professional or academic environment.
design of egg carton, made of recyclable paper
package design for an aromatherapy kit, titled smuld house, with different products in small boxes, ranging from dried eucalyptus to a tray and matches