Students in RISD’s Department of Industrial Design learn to wield critical thinking and the design process itself with the goal of “making everyday tasks easier” and bringing new value to companies, communities and citizens. Faculty specialized in an array of subcategories are able to guide students with diverse interests; thanks to the school’s size, a vast range of materials and technologies are available to students, allowing them to proceed seamlessly to model-making and prototype work once they’ve developed their ideas through sketching and drawing. The program’s collaborators outside academia have included big names such as Nike, Google, Microsoft, Dolby and Kikkerland.
The master’s program is focused on social, cultural, environmental and other concerns, and recognizes that design has a role in connecting individual interests and values with a social framework.
Industrial designer Stuart Karten, roboticist David Hanson, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia of Airbnb, Danny Kim of Lit Motors
Peter Yeadon, Paolo Cardini, Jessica Brown, Matthew Bird, Michael Lye