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Industrial Design MFA

Stan Rickel, Graduate Director
(585) 475-4745, srrfaa@rit.edu

Program overview

The master of fine arts degree in industrial design is for career enhancement or redirection. The educational experience is project-oriented, requiring research into design methods and technologies. Cross-disciplinary collaboratives provide an experiential dimension.

The first year of study includes seminar courses in design history, issues, research, theory, and methods, which are common to all graduate students in the School of Design. In addition, studio courses involve extensive design work with respect to environmental issues, the meaning of artifacts, and critical analysis. Extensive course work using three-dimensional software for product modeling and animation fills out the program.

In the second year students conduct research and develop a thesis project, which is presented in a graduate thesis exhibition or presentation, and is documented in a written thesis report.

Curriculum

Industrial design, MFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IDDE-701 Design Laboratory I 6
IDDE-703 Function of Form 3
IDDE-705 2D Ideation and Visualization 3
VCDE-701 Design History Seminar 3
IDDE-702 Design Laboratory II 6
IDDE-704 Form of Function 3
IDDE-706 Integrated Design Visualization 3
  Open Graduate Elective 3
Second Year
IDDE-790 Thesis: Research and Planning 6
VCDE-711 Design Theory and Methods Seminar 3
  CIAS Design Elective 3
IDDE-890 Thesis: Implementation and Evaluation 6
  CIAS Design Elective 3
  Open Graduate Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 60

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The master of fine arts degree in industrial and interior design is for career enhancement or redirection. The educational experience is project-oriented, requiring research into design methods and technologies. Cross-disciplinary collaboratives provide an experiential dimension.

The first year of study includes seminar courses in design history, issues, research, theory, and methods, which are common to all graduate students in the School of Design. In addition, studio courses involve extensive design work with respect to environmental issues, the meaning of artifacts, and critical analysis. Extensive course work using three-dimensional software for product modeling and animation fills out the program.

In the second year students conduct research and develop a thesis project, which is presented in a graduate thesis exhibition or presentation, and is documented in a written thesis report.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Program title change
Effective fall 2013, the program in industrial and interior design will be renamed industrial design. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

Industrial and interior design, MFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2035-711 Advanced Computer Modeling I 3
2035-721 Advanced Computer Modeling II 3
2035-731 Advanced Computer Modeling III 3
2035-736 Industrial Design Problems I 6
2035-737 Industrial Design Problems II 6
2035-738 Industrial Design Problems III 6
2035-716 Industrial Design Presentation 3
2010-713 Design History Seminar 3
2035-732 Interaction Design 3
2010-711 Design Theory and Methods Seminar 3
2010-726 Design Issues Seminar 3
2035-840 Thesis Research I 3
  Elective/Minor 3
Second Year
  Special Topics: Thesis Research II 3
2035-890 Thesis 14
  Electives/Minor 21
  Liberal Arts 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 90

Industrial design, MFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IDDE-701 Design Laboratory I 6
IDDE-703 Function of Form 3
IDDE-705 2D Ideation and Visualization 3
VCDE-701 Design History Seminar 3
IDDE-702 Design Laboratory II 6
IDDE-704 Form of Function 3
IDDE-706 Integrated Design Visualization 3
  Open Grad Elective 3
Second Year
IDDE-790 Thesis: Research and Planning 6
VCDE-711 Design Theory and Methods Seminar 3
  CIAS Design Elective 3
IDDE-890 Thesis: Implementation and Evaluation 6
  CIAS Design Elective 3
  Open Grad Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 60