Academics

Design Engineering

a student working inside a Design Engineering makers-ace

A partnership between RISD and Brown University, the Master of Arts in Design Engineering (MADE) is an intensive program that fosters innovation at the intersection of design and engineering. Collaboration is central to the program, as students work with a range of experts to envision alternative frameworks for addressing public health, education, climate change and more. Students develop effective solutions through iterative making and testing and express ideas through the objects they create, towards an ultimate goal of improving lives.

Iterating with intention

In this intensive, 11-month program, MADE students use creativity, analytical reasoning and research skills to produce work that responds to small- and large-scale challenges. Students work primarily in studios and shops, including a well-equipped maker space for prototyping, and form strong connections within a close-knit cohort of designers and engineers. They also engage in project-based work with professionals in museum education, healthcare safety and aviation design, among other fields.

MADE students also benefit from the complementary strengths of RISD and Brown, neighboring world-class institutions on Providence’s East Side. Close academic ties make it easy for students to broaden their knowledge through elective coursework or access to campus resources.

The program also lets students collaborate with faculty who support students in synthesizing the perspectives and contexts they will encounter in practice. Iterating with intention, MADE participants create and refine work according to real-world needs.