Master of Industrial Design (MID) Program By Iowa State University |Top Universities

Master of Industrial Design (MID)

Master of Industrial Design (MID)

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Innovation requires breaking boundaries and making connections between diverse disciplines. As a creative profession, industrial design deals with the design of innovative, sustainable and durable solutions for people, nonhumans, economy and society, which may take many forms from tangible artifacts to expansive system designs. The Master of Industrial Design (MID) program at Iowa State University specifically emphasizes strategy and innovation with a strong focus on empathetic human-centered design research. It centers on the creation and application of new knowledge through in-depth investigations culminating in a written thesis. At the same time, students expand their design practice skills using innovative methodologies, collaboratively throughout the entire design process. Students explore, generate, transfer and implement multidisciplinary information and technologies into foundational knowledge for the discipline of industrial design. The MID is traditionally recognized as a terminal degree in industrial design. The graduate program is designed to offer a significant mix of skills and experiences, including faculty-directed research programs, internships, international travel, industry-sponsored coursework and design teaching experience. The graduate research focuses on three main areas: 1) Innovation through Design, 2) Design as Strategy and 3) Human-Centered Design. These areas are defined by the existing faculty members' research and creative activities, and focus on developing a new type of industrial designer mastering in any one of these specializations. Program faculty has extensive expertise in design thinking, human-centered research methods, cultural issues, product realization, design management, eco-design, social responsibility, and entrepreneurship. The MID is a 63-credit program of study, distributed across three consecutive years. Applicants are required to have design and/or engineering degrees from accredited institutions or relevant industry experience.