Global Innovation Design Program

The Global Innovation Design (GID) Program

The Global Innovation Design (GID) Programーhad been supported as a “Re-Inventing Japan Project” by a grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japanーis unparalleled in the world. It offers a trans-national design education that bridges three major centers of design, culture and industry: the Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University in Tokyo/Yokohama, Pratt Institute in New York, and Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, both in London. These educational institutions are international leaders in creativity and innovation, with complementary expertise in art, design, engineering, technology, and business. A select group of GID students will study at all three program centers to earn their Master’s degree. This is not just a study-abroad experience, but a multi-institution model for higher education in the 21st century. Students gain a unique perspective by living and studying on three different continents, immersed in three different cultures, in three of the largest economies in the world. GID Program educates global design leaders who become “ceative catalysts” for positive change in a globalized society.


Pratt Institute

The Graduate Program in Industrial Design is one of the most intense programs at Pratt, bringing the Institute’s heritage of aesthetic sensibility and individual expression to the common pursuit of creativity. On projects large and small, students translate ideas into a wide variety of forms, systems and structures. The sensibility of each emerging designer flourishes through individual thesis projects and contact with the design scene of New York, with its own broad scope of dynamism and heterogeneity.

Royal College of Art / Imperial College London

London is home to both the RCA and Imperial. Their joint masters program in Innovation Design Engineering combines the creativity of an art and design college with the technical rigour of a world leading science based institution. The teaching philosophy is self-directed study and project-based learning. Students work on a diverse projects exploring many facets of innovation and technology including different approaches to innovation design, from fundamental experimentation to disruptive market focus, engineering skills and technologies, and sustainability.