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ABOUT


MFA in Products of Design

At the intersection of design thinking and design making.

 

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ABOUT


MFA in Products of Design

At the intersection of design thinking and design making.

 

Designers have the power to transform the world. Products of Design transforms designers—educating head, heart and hands to reinvent systems, create new types of value, and catalyze positive change through the business of making.


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Life at Products of Design

Watch the video above to meet some of the students in the program, learn about where they came from, and hear about their aspirations and take-aways from the school experience.

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Program Mission


Mission

Beyond Industrial Design—Products of Design is the Most Multi-Disciplinary Design Program Imaginable.

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Program Mission


Mission

Beyond Industrial Design—Products of Design is the Most Multi-Disciplinary Design Program Imaginable.

The MFA in Products of Design is a two-year, immersive program that prepares exceptional practitioners for leadership in the shifting terrain of design.

 

Designers aren’t in the artifact business anymore, they’re in the consequence business. In order for design to transform the world, designers need to transform themselves into multi-disciplinary masters. The contemporary design challenge of production and consumption demands new approaches to industrial-age methodologies and orthodoxies. What we consider the “products of design” are expanding beyond the industrial design, mass-produced object. They now encompass sets of instructions, critical design, interventions, narratives, interactions, experiences, and speculative possibilities—all aimed at creating social, environmental, and technological value that catalyzes positive change.

 
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Projects & News


Projects & News

Arduino-powered clouds. Sexual health interventions for the CDC. And everything in between.

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Projects & News


Projects & News

Arduino-powered clouds. Sexual health interventions for the CDC. And everything in between.

Social, interactive, industrial, graphic, service, experience, and social design. The projects that emerge from Products of Design are as diverse as the individuals who create them.

 

Check out some of the latest work below!

 
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Program Curriculum


Curriculum

Learn about the courses, seminars, workshops and intensives.

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Program Curriculum


Curriculum

Learn about the courses, seminars, workshops and intensives.

The heart of the program is the mastering of three fields crucial to the future of design: Making, Structures, and Narratives.

 

Shorter, more intensive courses, mixed with a "no grades" policy translates into maximum risk and an optimized use of time, attention, and resources.

 

Making
Making grounds design and designers. In the Making track, students investigate multiple dimensions of physical design practice, its processes, and the tools that inform it. In Making, we deepen the connection to craft and the materials, tools, manufacturing processes,  and energy flows that underwrite it. We ground making in both the personal delight of the maker and the commercial, production, brand, and experiential possibilities that guide it.

Located on steps away from Products of Design is the new Visible Futures Lab. PoD students have priority access to the VFL; mix of a woodworking and machine shop, a rapid prototyping lab, an electronics lab, sewing & soft lab and gallery all in one space. The VLF is a state-of-the-art Maker Space featuring the latest tools for digital fabrication (see complete list of equipment here).

Structures
Structures inform practice. In the Structures track, students are immersed in the information and business structures that make effective design possible: research, systems thinking, strategy, user experience and interaction/information design. The Structures track gives students a capacity to put design in experiential, social, business and economic contexts.

Narratives
Design demands stories. At every step, the story of the design and its animating ideas must be made compelling through drawing, graphic representation, videography, history, writing, and point of view. In the Narratives track, students explore the storytelling dimension of design necessary throughout the design process—from idea to market.

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Students


Students

From Artists and Designers to Researchers. From Financial Managers to Philosophers.

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Students


Students

From Artists and Designers to Researchers. From Financial Managers to Philosophers.

Our students emerge confident, powerful, agile, and skilled.

 

From Brooklyn to Bangkok, the students of the MFA in Products of Design are a diverse group of designers from varying backgrounds, disciplines, nationalities and cultures. Together, they embark on an immersive journey, exploring multiple design lenses and creating important, thoughtful work.

 
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Faculty


Faculty

Products of Design is led by world-class instructors.

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Faculty


Faculty

Products of Design is led by world-class instructors.

A faculty made of leaders in their field, means an education in designer leadership.

 

Each one of our teachers is at the top of their professional game. Our faculty are cross-disciplinary, industry-diverse, and international—comprising some of the most bold and creative designers in the world.

 
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Speakers & Studios


Speakers & Studios

A city at the crossroads of international culture, enterprise, and critical thought attracts the most remarkable people and firms in the world of design. 

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Speakers & Studios


Speakers & Studios

A city at the crossroads of international culture, enterprise, and critical thought attracts the most remarkable people and firms in the world of design. 

Students meet design's most creative, rule-breaking individuals—up close and personal.

 

Products of Design hosts many renowned designers, critics, thought-leaders, and artists in our Visiting Lecture Series. Several events are open to the local New York design community.

 

Studio Visits

We bring you to New York City. And then we bring New York City to you.

 

Every month, students see the professional working world up close and personal—from independent designer and artist studios to corporate creative hubs.

 
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Program Partners


Partners

From the Museum of Modern Art to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Program Partners


Partners

From the Museum of Modern Art to the Centers for Disease Control.

Partnered projects make sense in the real world.

 

Products of Design students work with industry-leading organizations, firms, and cultural institutions—providing invaluable real-world experience. 

 
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Apply Page


Apply

We're looking for great minds and great makers.

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Apply

We're looking for great minds and great makers.

APPLY TO BE A PART OF THE CLASS OF 2018! 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

 

Products of Design empowers exceptional people to use design to accomplish great things. We are looking for creative, curious, fearless leaders who believe in the power of design to tackle the challenges ahead. We seek both designers and non-designers with strong 2D and 3D skills and a passion for exploring how design can transform the world.