Rhode Island School of Design

Two College Street • Providence, RI 02903-2784

Department of Industrial Design • 2006/2007
phone: 401 454-6160 • fax: 401 454-6157
about the department: The Industrial Design (id) curriculum educates students to identify and resolve design problems – innovatively and with sensitivity to the social, physical and ecological environment. Students learn the traditional values of industrial design and, while building an awareness of materials, gain an in-depth understanding of visual and three-dimensional vocabulary. bachelor of fine arts program (bfa): bachelor of industrial design program (bid): The fifth year leads bfa curriculum:

faculty: department head Mitchell Ackerman Professor bs, Skidmore College mid, Rhode Island School of Design full-time faculty Leslie Fontana Associate Professor bfa, Carnegie Mellon University bs, University of the Arts Soojung Ham Assistant Professor bfa, Ewha Womans University bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Elizabeth Mosher Assistant Professor ba, University of Chicago mfa, University of Illinois Khipra Nichols Associate Professor bfa, bid, Rhode Island School of Design Robert O’Neal Professor bs, Philadelphia College of Art ma, Cornell University Lorna Ross Associate Professor ba, National College of Art & Design, Dublin ma, Royal College of Art, London Adam Smith Associate Professor bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Seth Stem Professor bs, Pennsylvania State University mfa, Virginia Commonwealth University part-time faculty Charles Appleton Matthew Bird bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Katherine Blacklock mfa, Rhode Island School of Design Matthew Cottam bid, Rhode Island School of Design William Crozier bid, Rhode Island School of Design

to the professional degree (bid); students may apply to the program during their fourth year as id majors. The additional year comprises advanced studio work, a formal degree project and study of legal and business practices to prepare students for professional work.
master of industrial design program (mid): This two-year grad-

1st year Foundation Studies 2nd year Metal I Wood I Design Principles Presentation I Wood II or Metal II History of Industrial Design Liberal Arts 3rd year Advanced Design Studio Manufacturing Techniques Presentation II or CAD Non-Major Electives Liberal Arts 4th year Advanced Design Studio Non-Major Electives Liberal Arts
bid curriculum:

Students learn to analyze and solve diverse design problems from technical, aesthetic, social and ecological viewpoints. Work progresses from initial developmental drawings, through three-dimensional drawings, mock-ups and models, to working drawings and prototype construction with manufacturing considerations. The curriculum is structured so the skills of drawing, presentation and model-making are taught as an integral part of the design studios. Innovation is stressed, along with the ability to refine formal design issues. Diversification within the curriculum prepares students to enter the field of design at either an industrial or entrepreneurial level.

uate program is oriented toward developing an understanding of design application and theory. Students are given the resources to identify, expand and test personal and professional development through an intensive exploration of design ideas. The study of history and theory is fundamental to the program and is used to complement, support and inform the thesis project.
technology + facilities: Fully

equipped wood, metal and model shops (including vacuform and casting equipment for plastics) provide in-depth construction experience, allowing students to see their designs develop from concept to finished product. Photography studios and gallery space are also available. At the beginning of the sophomore year, every ID major is required to buy the type of laptop computer specified by the department. Software used by majors includes Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, SolidWorks, Rhino and Flash.

1st-4th years see bfa curriculum above 5th year Industrial Design Studio ID Graduate Seminar Degree Project Legal and Business Practice Major Elective Non-Major Elective

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Rhode Island School of Design
Two College Street • Providence, RI 02903-2784

Department of Industrial Design • 2006/2007
phone: 401 454-6160 • fax: 401 454-6157

Don DeLuca bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Alan French bfa, Rhode Island School of Design

mfa curriculum:

1st year Graduate Studio Graduate Seminar Textiles Seminar Drawing or Color Elective(s) CAD in Textiles Wintersession 2nd year Graduate Seminar Graduate Studio Textiles Seminar Drawing or Color Elective(s) Thesis Project Thesis Writing Wintersession

visiting designers/critics: Linda Garland, Paul Hawken, Marco Steinberg, Simon Vélez, James Wines
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Jenna Goldberg bfa, University of the Arts mfa, Rhode Island School of Design Mark Johnston bfa, mfa, Rhode Island School of Design
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Matthew Kressy bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Michael Lamar mfa, Rhode Island School of Design Steve Lane bfa, Rhode Island School of Design

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opportunities for students to work with industry through Wintersession internships and corporate-sponsored studio projects during the junior and senior years.
career possibilities: entrepreneur, in-house corporate designer, lighting designer, furniture designer, toy designer, shoe designer, automobile designer, appliance designer, web designer, software developer, teacher, design writer

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id building, 166 South Main Street

Michael Lye bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Seongah Park bfa, mfa, Seoul National University mid, Rhode Island School of Design James Pelto bfa, Philadelphia College of Art Peter Prip Rosanne Ramos barch, University of Houston mid, Rhode Island School of Design Dean Robinson bs, Florida Atlantic University bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Mimi Robinson bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Steven Santaniello mfa, Rhode Island School of Design Michael Scimeca mid, Rhode Island School of Design John Seeley bfa, Rhode Island School of Design mfa, Cranbook Academy Peter Ward bfa, Rhode Island School of Design Sarah Ann Wildgoose bid, University of Cincinnati

number of currently enrolled undergraduates: 186 number of currently enrolled graduate students: 17

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