Master of Industrial Design
The Masters of Industrial Design (MID) program at the University of the Arts prepares students from a range of professional backgrounds for careers that put people and their experiences first. The program focuses on a design process that is human-centered, and promotes collaboration across disciplines.
MID at UArts recognizes design as the new management tool, instrumental in fostering strategic creativity and organizational learning. Students engage through strategic partnerships with local organizations and businesses like MAKE Philly, The Hacktory and NextFabLab. Projects build on feedback and create dialog, and models and prototypes manifest collective learning and developing assumptions.
Recognizing the need to balance ecological, social and economic values in the development of innovative solutions, MID students partner with industries and organizations that are looking for ways to develop and grow more sustainably and that are interested in engaging such change through design.
The program promotes a design process that facilitates collaborative projects across disciplines, and that produces actionable models and scenarios to promote change. Offering design input when it matters most – at the earliest stages of the development cycle and, in particular, during the initial project definition - project outcomes range from design of new services, design for user experience, and the development of organizations and new businesses.
The Master of Industrial Design offers two curriculum options. First, the two-year, 60-credit program consists of studio, methods and seminar courses. Second, the three-year, 78-credit curriculum is an extension of the two-year program that provides additional opportunities to build skills and take graduate level seminars that are shared among other graduate programs at UARTS. Both programs award a Masters of Industrial Design degree.
All students will engage in project work and partnerships with organizations and business, and complete a required thesis.
The University of the Arts is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; telephone: 276-284-5000). The College of Art and Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Industrial Designers' Society of America. The School of Music is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
A completed graduate application form, plus $60 application fee; official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended; three letters of recommendation; a one- to two-page statement of professional plans and goals; GRE scores recommended but not required; a personal interview with the program director or chairperson; curriculum vitae; portfolio. Applicants should submit digital images or time-based media for review.
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International Student Requirements:
Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) or 580 (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5,
or complete Level 9 in the University’s ESL Institute. Students who do not meet score minimums may be required to successfully complete an English Language Program prior to matriculation. All applicants with post secondary or university transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit an official evaluation for each transcript. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mandates that all foreign students applying for (or transferring their current) F-1 student visa sponsorship show sufficient funding for at least one year of study. A Certification of Finances form will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. The Certification of Finances is not required to make an offer of admission however, the I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.
Tuition & Financial Aid
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Financial Aid Offered: Yes
Classification: Schools of Art and Music
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999