English + Design

As part of our mission to nurture a diverse and global student body, the English + Design program allows talented international designers to pursue a graduate degree at IIT Institute of Design (ID). This unique program of study combines English for Special Purpose (ESP) instruction with graduate level design education.

Curriculum + Courses

First semester (typical) Second semester (typical)
  • Advanced Reading and Writing for Design I
  • Advanced Listening and Presentation in Design I
  • Culture and Communication in Design I
  • Design seminar*
  • Prototyping Methods*
  • Fundamentals of Visual Communication*
  • Advanced Reading and Writing for Design II
  • Advanced Listening and Presentation in Design II
  • Culture and Communication in Design II
  • Building and Understanding Context workshop*
  • Product, Communication, or Interaction workshop*

*Design electives that can be modified with approval of faculty and advisors.

  • Students with TOEFL scores between 80-100 may be required to enroll in the English + Design program.
  • For those students with TOEFL less than 80 or equivalent, IIT offers intensive English programs. Learn more.


English + Design degree credits

  • The program is taught over two semesters, concurrently with MDes coursework
  • Students in the ESP + Design program complete 18 additional credit hours of instruction while pursuing their design courses. This adds one semester total to the standard MDes program.


Learn more about Fellowships + Financial Aid

Tuition (2021-2022 rate) $24,501 per semester
Student fees, subscriptions, UPass, and other supplies $650* per semester
Living expenses (room & board) $6,750* per semester
Health insurance $1,896* per year



Join our Graduate Program

Get complete information onĀ application requirements.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022 admission
October 27, 2021
Fall 2022 admission
January 19, 2022 (early round)
March 2, 2022 (final round)
Late applications may be considered, please contact us
Admission to the MDes program with Foundation is offered for the fall semester only. You will receive an email confirmation when all of your materials have been received. Admission decisions will be communicated roughly four weeks after this confirmation.

Have a Question?

Visit our FAQ page for more information. If you have additional questions regarding our application process or requirements, please send an email to Krista Roble or call us at 312-595-4900.

International Applicants

Visit the International Applicants page to view specific information about joining our program from abroad.