MCAD student designed lamp

Shape the world you live in. Master the interplay of design, usability, and manufacturing to create inspiring everyday products.

You may not think about the design of your kitchen faucet, your desk chair, or the bottle your favorite drink comes in, but nearly every human-made object you interact with—no matter how mundane—was influenced by a product designer. You might love it. You might hate it. You might not have a choice whether or not to use it. But someone was thinking of you when they designed it.

As a Product Design Major You Will:

  • Develop and refine your ideas about how products work, look, and feel in two-, three-, and four-dimensional sketches, in a variety of media
  • Build models, functional prototypes, and digital representations to test your ideas
  • Communicate your ideas in compelling ways to clients, users, manufacturers, investors, and business partners
  • Understand the historic, economic, and environmental factors impacting product design
  • Advocate for the person who will use the product, even when they are not the one buying it
  • Gain foundational skills in a variety of creative media
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge for a professional career in a variety of fields

Tell Me More about Product Design at MCAD

Alumni Spotlight

Nate and Erin Moren

Nate ’08 and Erin Moren ’07

After first meeting while earning their degrees at MCAD, Nate and Erin Moren now own Tandem Made, a design build studio that focuses on custom furniture, sculpture, built-ins, interiors, and a growing product line. 

Faculty Spotlight

Gabriel Ruegg

Gabriel Ruegg

Gabriel Ruegg is an industrial designer who has worked in a number of industries including pet products; toys; food-service hardware; and, most recently, mass-market, consumer kitchen products. His clients include Williams Sonoma, Kohl's, KitchenAid, and Martha Stewart.