M.F.A. in Industrial Design

Milagros Ramirez
Milagros Ramirez, MFA Walkthroughs, 2018


Graduate students in residence, pursuing a three-year MFA degree, define their place in the contemporary stream of design through independent study and interdisciplinary research. Progress is evaluated through weekly design group critiques, combined studio walkthroughs, and studio faculty reviews. Studio design presentations commence with the “New Faces” show in the AAHD Gallery and conclude with the MFA Thesis Show in the O’Shaughnessy Gallery of the Snite Museum of Art.


Scott Shim
Ann-Marie Conrado
James Rudolph

Teaching Scholar

Shreejan Shrestha

In addition, all visual communication and industrial design faculty and M.F.A. students meet together bi-weekly. Graphic design faculty are:

Neeta Verma
Clinton Carlson


All graduate students are allocated a spacious, secure, and well-appointed studio space that provides PC, Mac, and UNIX network access. Design students share the advantages of a campus that is rich in contemporary technology and still retains a deep appreciation for a heritage of traditional human values and wisdom. Technically advanced lecture rooms and digital labs support all student design activities. Graduate candidates share free access to a ten-station SGI lab (equipped with Alias Wavefront), an eighteen-station Mac lab, two model shops, and a metal foundry. Collaborative technical and intellectual resources are also available on the university campus through the Colleges of Architecture, Business and Engineering.


  • The active visiting designer and scholars program brings several speakers to campus every semester.
  • Notre Dame’s location, 90 miles east of Chicago, provides professional affiliation with both the Midwest and Mideast IDSA Districts. Industry sponsored projects are integral parts of the NDID curriculum.

Past Visiting Designers

Paula Bodnar, Crate & Barrel, Northbrook, IL
Mike Conway, Schupp Advertising, St. Louis, MO
Michael Gericke, Pentagram, New York,NY
Marty Fitzpatrick, NFL, New York,NY
Ingrid Hess, Kym Abrams Design, Chicago, IL
Lauren Howey, Frankel, Chicago, IL
Tim Irvine, Semaphore, Chicago, IL
Jennifer Letscher, Leo Burnett, Chicago, IL
Jose Perez, Kodak, Boston, MA
Anne Richardson, AlbenFaris, Santa Cruz, CA
Tom Schlegel, TMSW, Wheaton, IL
Jennifer Sterling, Sterling Design, San Francisco, CA
Colleen Syron, Wall Street Journal, New York, NY
Eddie Opara, Pentagram, New York, NY

Further Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Jason Lahr
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
University of Notre Dame
322 Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5673

ph: 574.631.5605
e: jlahr@nd.edu