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.
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.