I am looking into grad ID programs, and I am wondering if i could get some objective advice about stanford, pratt, cranbrook, or risd. I have a fine art/sculpture background and I am looking for a program that will support a smart/ethical/alternative approach, while providing the facilities and curriculum to give me the skills to bring these sometimes abstract ideas into production… Eventually, I would like to focus on medical and product design.
I have visited all of these schools except (unfortunately) pratt. And I am hoping that someone might be able to either reinforce or argue my impressions of the programs… plus maybe someone could tell me something new.
I absolutely adored Cranbrook… the students were SO bright and excited about their work and they had fantastic ideas… If I were entering grad school with more ID experience, I would definitely gravitate toward Cranbrook… however… considering I don’t yet have what I believe to be a professional portfolio… I think that it may not be smart for me to enter a program that is so theory heavy.
RISD seems to have a pretty good curriculum and pretty good facilities… but the atmosphere felt somewhat stale to me.
From what I have read and heard about pratt… they offer a number of solid courses and they encourage “artistic” thought… but their overall reputation seems to waver somewhat…
right now, I am leaning toward Stanford (MFA) because Mike Kelley is one of the Directors of the “joint program in design” and he seems like a fantastic teacher with incredible connects… the students are also bright and excited… the students have access to engineering and liberal arts courses… and they are strong in medical design + bioengineeringdesignstuff
this is a really long entry
there are so many view points posted on this board… I’m just trying to sort them all out