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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. Collaborative ways of working are central to the program, as degree candidates work with a wide range of experts to envision alternative frameworks for addressing public health, education, climate change and more. In developing effective solutions through iterative making and testing, students express their ideas through the objects they create, towards an ultimate goal of improving lives.

Iterating with intention

In this intensive, 11-month residential program, MADE degree candidates utilize creativity, analytical reasoning and well-honed research skills to produce work that responds to small- and large-scale challenges. Working primarily in studios and shops—including a well-equipped maker space for prototyping—students form strong connections within a close-knit cohort of designers and engineers and through 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 offers opportunities to collaborate with faculty members whose diverse expertise supports students in synthesizing the different perspectives and contexts they will encounter in practice. Iterating with intention, MADE participants create and refine work according to real-world needs.