Advanced Studios

Special Topic and Advanced Studios


Each year, the industrial design department offers approximately two dozen Special Topic Studios (3 credits) and Advanced Studios (6 credits). Together, they cover a wide variety of themes and allow students to immerse themselves in a particular topic, material, or process. Recent studios have ranged in focus from NASA and production ceramics to behavior design and chair design. 

While these studios are primarily for undergraduate students, incoming 2.5 MID students enroll in an Advanced Studio during their first spring semester, and all MID students can enroll in Special Topic Studios if space permits.

The topics change each year. Some recent studios include:

Natural Systems: Aquaponics
Soft Goods
Prototyping Form
MIT Studio (Product Design and Development)
Digital Tools for the Things We Actually Care About
Design for Extreme Environments
Production Ceramics
Design for Social Innovation
Metal Casting
Chair Design
The Business of Product Design
Future Livable Spaces
Introduction to Behavior Change Design
Typography, Identity + Branding
The Shape of Taste: Playing in the Kitchen
Social Innovation: The Experience of Public Engagement
Future-past: Springboard to Innovation
Point, Click, Drag: Designing the Digital Interface
Responsive Content Layout and App Production
Civic Impact Through Sensor-Driven Design
Digital Fabrication: CNC Machining
Designing Systems for a Bigger Scale
Designing Understanding