We accept the challenge of technical progress with its recognition of social responsibility.

—László Moholy-Nagy, Founder

Since our founding as the New Bauhaus in 1937, the Institute of Design has played an outsized role in the history of design. Now we are shaping its future.

The New Bauhaus film premiere

IIT Institute of Design (ID) was founded in 1937 by Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy. A film about our early days premieres in Chicago 10/17.

IIT Institute of Design (ID) hosts RSD8

RSD8, Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium, takes place for the first time in the US.

ID congratulates its 2019 graduates

Commencement speaker Evan Chan (MDes 2019) addresses the Class of 2019.

Our New Home

Features include a dedicated desk for each MDes student and flexible classrooms in a 70,000-square-foot LEED Gold building.

ID and Bauhaus Dessau Collaborate to Produce 'Futura Fractals'

Examining our Bauhaus roots through a transdisciplinary collaboration.

Student Life

The ID Student Experience

Our students come from various backgrounds, countries, and careers to join a collaborative, committed community. Working in teams on real-world problems is just one aspect of student life at ID. Students also connect with professional design and business networks through a robust range of groups and activities like student-led conferences, student organizations, and Chicago area community activities focused on networking, social and environmental causes and more.


Make the experience your own

Explore subjects and methods in highly elective coursework that builds a rigorous foundation

Experiment through projects and research in a highly collaborative environment with industry innovators and current practitioners

Tailor your focus to your career goals

Experience real world challenges and opportunities, including working directly with clients, in classes and internships

Connect with a vital international community of students, faculty, alumni, businesses and organizations

Our Work

Project work and research at IIT Institute of Design (ID) is essential to student growth. We train our students to look systemically at users, organizations, markets, and offerings and apply this perspective to specific challenges. By continually exploring the practical application of curriculum principles in hands-on work, students and faculty gain new insights and hone essential skills for the future.

Student Life

Life After ID

Our placement rate is over 90% within three months of graduation. We also offer a vibrant alumni network, and many services and programs to help students prepare for a rewarding career.


...And in the Top Two of any list of schools of creativity would be IIT’s Institute of Design in Chicago. If you are in business and want people who know how to strategize in a complex and uncertain world, you want graduates of ID. If you want people who know innovation policy and strategy, you want ID grads.

—Bruce Nussbaum, Design Observer