Design at Stanford

Studying design at Stanford can take several forms. Below are some of the separate groups that offer ways to engage with design in various ways.

The Product Design major

The Product Design major is offered by the Mechanical Engineering department within the School of Engineering. As an interdisciplinary major, it consists of human-centered design methodologies, engineering skillsets and a breadth of course options in psychology, art, and engineering. This website details many of the aspects of being a student in the Product Design major.

The ME Design Group

The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Design Group (ME Design Group) is a set of faculty, researchers, lecturers, lab members, and staff whose work relates to engineering design. The ME Design Group’s webpage provides information on all associated personnel and research labs. Students who engage with research in these labs come from a range of engineering majors.


See the Resources page for an up-to-date list of student groups and activities relating to design at Stanford.


The (formally called the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) was created to introduce design thinking methodology to as many Stanford students as possible in order to give them confidence in their creative ability—regardless of their field of study. The is a “school crossing” for students and professors from all schools within the university. While it is aimed towards the graduate student population, there are some courses that are geared for undergraduates as well.

Design-related majors

There are a few other ways to have design-related courses be a part of your undergraduate major, such as: