Majors & Minors (Undergraduate)

Product Design (Major)

At MICA, product design is both local and global, because we know that instruction alone is not enough. To prepare to design products for a rapidly changing worlds, students here work with expert faculty - and a host of decision makers, industry leaders, activists, and entrepreneurs from around the globe.

The fusion of 3D design, technology, and making is expanding the definition of "product" and influencing how humans respond aesthetically and practically with every imaginable object today - from furniture and apparel to appliances and medical devices. And anyone with a Fitbit or smartphone recognizes that new connections between things and systems are changing the way we live.

Program Overview

MICA's Product Design program capitalizes on this revolutionary development, offering a hands-on curriculum that gives you deep knowledge of materials, processes, and design thinking along with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of society. You become well-trained designers capable of reimagining objects or systems - and inventing new ones - that will shape the future.

The program works to support the integration of entrepreneurial intelligence with social good, both of which are cornerstones of MICA's vision for the future. Students learn to design for multiple scales of production, and across various sectors. Product Design works in partnership with MICA's groundbreaking Center for Social Design on curricular and co-curricular projects. Externally, there are 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.

Featured Course

Material Ecologies

This studio focuses on how the environmental challenges of our time condition the work of product designers. Questions about the need for a sustainable mindset in design and manufacturing, human ecology, or social change, are brought to the table to help students develop individual perspectives.

Lamp designs by Carrie Carter
Guardzilla design by Katie Zawadowicz
Desk set by Sally Xu
Electric toothbrush mockups
Lamp designs by Carrie Carter

Lamps

Artist
Carrie Carter
Date
2018
Credit

Dan Meyers

Guardzilla design by Katie Zawadowicz

Guardzilla

Artist
Katie Zawadowicz
Date
2018
Credit

Dan Meyers

Desk set by Sally Xu

Desk set

Artist
Sally Xu
Date
2018
Credit

Dan Meyers

Electric toothbrush mockups

Electric toothbrush mockups

Artist
Katie Zawadowicz, Claire Chuff, Guahao Sun, Carrie Carter, Ziying Lee, Nicole Ponce
Date
2018
Credit

Dan Meyers

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