Drawing on its historic contribution to responsible, human-centered design, Industrial Design (or ID) teaches students to use critical thinking and the design process itself to bring new value to companies, communities and citizens. Faculty with expertise in a wide range of areas guide students in researching user experiences to create well-conceived and executed objects, products and systems that make everyday tasks easier.
Through an emphasis on informed research and hands-on making, the Industrial Design BFA program puts you in position to design effective solutions for a wide range of problems.
Approaching industrial design as a vehicle for addressing social, cultural, environmental and other issues, the MID program teaches the skills and advanced understanding you need to practice design for the greater good.
In the studio
In responding to assigned projects, ID majors work with a wide range of materials in the process of designing objects, products, systems and experiences. Students develop ideas by starting with sketches and drawings, and moving on to models and working prototypes.
A multidisciplinary fall studio allows students to imagine positive solutions to looming global problems and speculate about possible paths to getting there.
Four recent RISD graduates are included in the latest Forbes 30 Under 30 compilation.
RISD’s chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America hosts an all-day makeathon focused on sustainability, accessibility and social impact.
ID alumni go on to make a real difference through design, offering innovative solutions to a wide range of needs. They start their own businesses, join cutting-edge studios and work for organizations and corporations, contributing to almost every field imaginable by creating medical devices, household products, alternative transportation vehicles, nanotech devices, new materials and much more…
Alumni at work
“More than a billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water,” says Grewall, who worked with several Brown students to launch a nonprofit effort known as WaterWalla. Their mission? To bring clean water to India's slums. Grewall relocated to India right after graduation to head WaterWalla's Mumbai office and is now making great headway in tackling this chronic public-health issue.