The MFA in Products of Design is a two-year, immersive program that prepares exceptional practitioners for leadership in the shifting terrain of design.
Our department is dedicated to the power and the promise of design. Indeed, we consider the department itself to be a “product of design” because it responds nimbly and comprehensively to the critical questions around the role of objects, the impact of digitization, and centrality of justice in contemporary culture.
It does this in several ways. First, our program acknowledges the radical shifts taking place in the design professions themselves—blurring and bending between disciplines that define products as “industrial products” or “digital products.” We recognize the changes in design-led research (versus research-led design), and the need to tie metrics and outcomes to any intervention. And of course, we address new urgencies in the need to reconcile the material, energy, environmental, and cultural consequences of design inherent in the imperatives of production and consumption.
We see a great expansion in the participants of design—from anthropologists, behavioral psychologists, and behavior economists, to materials experts and systems specialists, and we build our curriculum with these professionals and professions in mind. And finally, the Products of Design department acknowledges the increased interest, from both the mainstream as well as business press, around the power of design—to fix problems, create value, reinvent businesses, and to address vital social and environmental challenges.
Our program is optimistic and generous, putting a high value on point of view and personal passion. Instead of a group of practitioners in the service of industry, we see designers as the connective tissue of our built environments: they translate between stakeholders, reframe problems, reveal opportunities, render the invisible visible, and champion change.
We invite you to join us.