School of Engineering
Brown-RISD Master of Arts in Design Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

The MADE program asks students to engage in a diverse, collaborative environment where multiple ideas are able to mesh and meld, addressing various problems. We promote inclusive, reflective design practices that create meaningful projects and build community bonds.

Total tuition is expected to be comparable to other master's degree programs at Brown and RISD, Academic Year 22/23 = $77,132 for the 11-credit program. 

Our goal is to have a diverse cohort and to support those in need of assistance. We have allocated funds so that 25% of the tuition income will be returned to qualified students.

For information regarding financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid:


MADE is a joint degree program, awarded by RISD and Brown, and utilizes the assets of both institutions. 

Affiliated faculty come from a wide range of disciplines, with deep and broad experience.

We are located in the creative hub of Providence RI.

The MADE faculty bring existing partnerships with a wide range of organizations to the program. See the partners section of the program page for a list.  

Industry leaders serve as studio critics and studio project partnership leads.

In addition to adding to your body of knowledge and skills, you will work in a team whose members have diverse perspectives and come from different disciplinary frameworks. This prepares you for team-based work environments that facilitate a holistic approach to problem solving.

Yes, Brown's Office of International Student and Scholar Services works with students to complete the necessary documentation.


We are not looking for a specific level of career experience. The average age of our students is 25. Some are straight out of undergraduate and some have several years of work experience.

Yes, The Design Workshop is a state of the art maker space located down the hall from the MADE studio.  Students use this space to work on prototype testing. Physical making and making things in collaboration with others is an integral part of the program.  

No, our cohorts are a mix of technical, design and "other" backgrounds.

Attending a critique at the end of the semester where students would be showing their work is a great way to see what students are doing and how they are evaluated.

The two campuses are relatively small and so close to one another that if feels like one dual campus space.

Upon completion of the program you will receive a single joint degree from Brown and RISD.

Completion of 3 program specific studios and 1 winter communication course (ENGN2170, ENGN2171, ENGN2172, ENGN2173) as well as completion of 4 electives, chosen in consultation with program advisors. 

The RISD MID program focuses on the individual, welcomes those with a variety of backgrounds, and runs 4 to 5 semesters. The MADE program focuses on working collaboratively, using people's technical or design backgrounds, and runs 11 months. 

MADE Information Session


With Co-Directors Khipra Nichols and Christopher Bull and Executive Director Beth Altringer.