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.

Event: Activism + Impact with Antionette Carroll

Antionette Carroll will discuss how new methods, interventions, and disruptions can help expand our understanding of equity and inclusion and ultimately increase the range of solutions with meaningful impact on March 6.

Our New Home

Innovative facilities designed for our community include a dedicated desk for all MDes students and flexible classrooms—all housed in a 70,000-square-foot LEED Gold building.

News: Students Collaborate with Hedwig Dances

How might we demonstrate and reflect our Bauhaus roots through a transdisciplinary collaboration?

Project: Miranda Rights in Translation

How might we ensure that Low English Proficiency (LEP) individuals truly understand their rights while at the same time providing police departments the support they need to deliver Miranda in translation?

Realizing the Possibilities of Design

At ID, students learn to find clarity in complexity, approach problems with a humanist lens, and mobilize diverse stakeholders to turn ideas into action. Through experimentation, rigorous methods, human-centeredness, and strategy, we prepare individuals and organizations to take on unpredictable, ambiguous problems, surface undiscovered opportunities, and redefine the boundaries of design.

The world needs new ways forward, charged with the optimism, imagination, and confidence that embolden leaders, organizations, and communities to discard stagnant thinking and take action. -Denis Weil, Dean, IIT Institute of Design
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.

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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 and research work 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 alike gain new insights and inspiration, while honing essential skills for the future.

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Student Life

Life After ID

Historically, 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.

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...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