Editor’s note: This listing was updated on November 1, 2022
From physical objects to digital experiences, Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design program seeks to teach students how to turn their ideas into products — while actively contributing to a more just and sustainable future. Recent student projects include a cutting board that integrates kitchen tools for cooks who have limited hand mobility; and a series of carbon water filters made with food waste.
Among the perks of studying at the venerable institute is the ability to venture far beyond the 10-hectare Brooklyn campus via study-abroad courses, both physically and intellectually: there’s a summer program in furniture making at the Danish International School in Copenhagen, and the opportunity to partner with students at schools in London and Tokyo in the Global Innovation Design program.
Images, here and top of page, Tackl Board by Pratt Institute industrial design student Selin Miskavi.
In Pratt Institute’s Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) program, students develop their skills in 3D form, model making, colour and digital design. The Master’s (MID) program, then, seeks to turn professionals into design leaders “ready to meet this moment with confidence,” with outcomes including the ability to translate their ideas into 2D and 3D solutions, work within interdisciplinary teams, apply a lifecycle approach to ecological and social sustainability, and demonstrate an understanding of how design relates to issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity. Both the BID and MID programs culminate in an annual show attended by industry leaders and potential employers; students have also participated in group exhibitions at ICFF and WantedDesign.
Charles Randolph Pollock, Bruce Hannah, Gerald Gulotta, Morison S. Cousins, Tucker Viemeister, Harry Allen, Todd Bracher, Ayse Birsel
Karen Stone (former design director of Knoll), Chamille Thayer, Hyukjae Yoo