Industrial Design, MID

There are two Master of Industrial Design (MID) programs of study available: 

  1. The MID 2-year program is a studio-based graduate degree program designed to provide a more focused studio experience for those students who hold an undergraduate degree in industrial design or product design. Individuals seeking a more intensive studio experience to enhance their undergraduate studio–based degree are encouraged to apply to this program.

  2. The MID 3+ program (3 years plus one summer) is a studio–based graduate degree program designed to be a first professional degree for those students who do not have an undergraduate degree in industrial design or product design. Individuals seeking to apply their knowledge and experience from other disciplines to their education in the profession of industrial design are encouraged to apply to this program.

Both MID (2-year and 3+) programs offer the following:

  • A hands-on practical education in design process and theory with opportunities to work on important design problems
  • The preparation of students to be industrial designers or product designers capable of creating new product-service systems
  • Studio content that is organized sequentially, from a local, national and international focus; the opportunity for an international studio is a part of the first semester of the final year.
  • The opportunity for concurrent degrees in: Building Energy Performance, Landscape Architecture, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Design, Urban Design and others.
  • The opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations with students in other programs within The Design School, including: Building Energy Performance, Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communication.

The MID is a studio-based program in which students will learn to design new products and service systems that solve critical global problems. Students will engage in research, brainstorming, idea visualization, prototyping and testing of creative solutions that address critical problems faced in the world today. Graduates of this program will be adept in using principles of design innovation, sustainability and systems thinking in problem-solving and after graduation often find positions in industry and academia.

 

The 3+ program offers great opportunities for students; see what our students are saying

Degree Offered

Industrial Design, MID
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application period

Online applications are open through September 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MSBE; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.

Summer Admission: MID 3+ programs only admit students to the summer term.

Fall Admission: MID 2- year programs only admit students for the fall semester.

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Paying for College

Teaching and Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are appointed each term to a select number of graduate students who are excelling in The Design School. Learn more about teaching assistantships including eligibility and application details.

Financial Aid

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Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.

 

Concurrent Degree Options / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Students in their first year of the two-year program or second year of the 3+ program may apply to study two graduate programs concurrently.  The curricula has been designed to allow for most of our programs to be taken simultaneously.  Please note that MArch students have the opportunity to apply to the W.P. Carey School of Business to study for a Master of Business Administration concurrently with their MArch degree.  We work to try to reduce the length of time for both degrees to save students a year of time and tuition fees. Students with two Master degrees have increased professional opportunities and great marketability.  If the concurrent option is taken, this will extend the graduate program by a minimum of one year.  

Global Engagement Studios

The graduate program curriculum encompasses a travel studio which is completed in the fall semester of the final year. Students travel all over the world to locations such as Australia, South America, Europe, and Asia among others. This offers students the opportunity to experience a foreign country for one week at the beginning of the fall semester. This trip is faculty led and the cost is inclusive within tuition fees. The Global Engagement Studios are not discipline specific, which grants students the opportunity to collaborate with, and learn from fellow Design School students who are from a different design discipline. The benefit of this experience to our graduate students is invaluable. To hear what our students are saying about the Global Engagement Studios and their experience view this video.

Admission Requirements

 

Master of Industrial Design Two-year Program (MID)

  • Applicants must have completed a four–year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Industrial Design or New Product Design. The undergraduate degree must be granted by an institution that is recognized by ASU.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. A 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) is preferred, but the students who have a GPA less than the minimum requirement may still receive consideration if they have supporting evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate GPA record.
  • Admission to the Master of Industrial Design program is selective and cannot be deferred. In most cases, students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted. The MID program commences in the fall semester of each year.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.
  • There is no GRE score requirement for the MID program. 
  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page.

 

Master of Industrial Design Three-plus Program (MID3+)

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a field other than industrial design or new product design from a college or university recognized by ASU.
  •  Admission to the Master of Industrial Design 3+ program is selective and cannot be deferred. In most cases students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted. The MID3+ program commences in the summer session of each year.
  • There is no GRE requirement for the MID3+ program.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.
  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page.

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Accreditation

The undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Industrial Design at Arizona State University have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 2001.  

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is composed of schools and individuals representing the highest traditions and aims in the education of the artist and designer. These members have proven, by the fact of their membership and activity in the organization, their deep interest in fostering high standards for art and design education. 

For more information, please visit the NASAD website

Internships

Students completing a 2–year or 3+ graduate degree program in the following studio based disciplines are required to complete a summer internship: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Communication Design. The internship takes place during the last summer that precedes the final year of the graduate program.

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

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Student Organizations

Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.

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