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MICA's Product Design BFA is one of the first new programs of this kind to launch in the 21st Century. The program is rooted in the awareness that predominant design paradigms and methodologies need to be fundamentally transformed. Critical inquiry will guide the curriculum, acknowledging that existing industries, new manufacturing processes, and emerging environmental, economic and social paradigms require new ways of thinking and making.

Building on MICA's world-renowned art and design programs, Product Design will be informed by, and grow out of an intimate understanding of craft processes, materials, and tools, and will emphasize principles of social and environmental sustainability, including human and non-human systems and communities. Product Design will be highly collaborative in structure and will emphasize cross-disciplinary inquiry. The department will be one of four programs in MICA's new 25,000 sq. ft. Dolphin Design Center, which will include state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and offices, as well as shared collaborative learning and social spaces. The Design Center will also house Architectural Design, Interactive Arts, and Game Design, and will be a hub for exploring the social, material, and economic dimensions of contemporary design and fabrication. Product Design courses will welcome students from these and other majors, such as Graphic Design, Fiber, and Ceramics; and will send students to those areas, as appropriate, for interdisciplinary exploration.

The program will work to support the integration of entrepreneurial intelligence with social good, both of which are cornerstones of MICA's vision for the future. Students will learn to design for multiple scales of production, and across various sectors. Product Design will work in partnership with MICA's groundbreaking Center for Social Design on curricular and co-curricular projects. Externally, there will be opportunities for students to collaborate with engineers and business students at other institutions including Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland, as well as government and industry partners, such as Stanley Black + Decker, Under Armor, and Key Tech.

Product Design aims to become a flagship program in MICA's relationship with the City of Baltimore. The program reflects our vision of MICA as a major player in developing Baltimore's position as a leading hub for creative industries, and a resource for community members to work collaboratively toward solving social problems. Our aim is to educate creative designers, makers, and thinkers, to leverage and celebrate the creative talent that makes MICA students extraordinary, and to prepare them to contribute to society in the most meaningful and tangible ways.

This page was last updated on 08/23/2017.