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Applied Design

Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

About this program

Applied Design

Applied design at Hampshire encompasses product and industrial design, appropriate technology, alternative energy and transportation, creative electronics, and universal design.

The Hampshire College Center for Design provides students with an experiential education in applied design, invention, and social entrepreneurship through design and innovation for social change.

A combination of courses, internships, independent study, and collaborations with businesses and organizations allows students to learn about design and fabrication; develop prototypes and business plans; and create enterprises that improve people's lives.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course

Design for the Greater Good

Students in this class will work collaboratively on community oriented design projects with established local groups. We will consider how designed objects or environments can encourage positive human interactions, energy and resource conservation, and physical well-being. This is a practical, hands-on design class in which we will learn how to research community needs, problem solve, and work with the realities of limited resources.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • 3D Design and Model-making
  • Advanced Blacksmithing
  • Animals, Robots, and Applied Design
  • Appropriate Design in the World
  • Appropriate Technology: Design and Implementation
  • Art and Design
  • Basic Blacksmithing
  • Bicycle Design and Beyond
  • Bicycle Frame Design and Fabrication
  • Circuit Bending
  • Creative Electronics
  • Creative Writing, Design, and the Body
  • Design Fundamentals I and II
  • Kinetic and Animated Objects
  • Look Ma, No Hands
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sculpture, Sound, and Motion
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Tinkering
  • Women's Fabrication Skills

Through the Consortium

  • Circuit Theory (SC)
  • Engineering for Everyone (SC)
  • Materials Engineering (SC)
  • Writing in Engineering (UMass)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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Hampshire College

West Street
01002 Amherst Massachusetts
United States of America

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