RISD's Master of Industrial Design program explores design as a vehicle for addressing social, cultural, environmental and other concerns. Students focus on a series of studio projects – along with seminars on relevant contemporary issues – that enhance and expand industrial design methodologies through both direct practice and group discussions.
Graduate students are expected to demonstrate high levels of independence, motivation and competence in developing their thesis work. Completed during the second year of study, this work typically ranges from designing products for the consumer, medical, furniture or alternative energy fields to humanitarian design projects. Working with the guidance of a faculty advisor and thesis committee, students present their final work visually, verbally and in writing.