Frequently Asked Questions

There is no minor in Product Design. However, there are many opportunities to take design classes through other major or minor programs. Some examples include: Mechanical Engineering Minor (Mechanical Design), Computer Science (HCI or Individually Designed), Symbolic Systems (Individually Designed Concentration), and Science, Technology and Society (Innovation and Organization).

You can study abroad during your sophomore year or spring quarter of junior year. The Product Design major requires a Product Design Core sequence: As a junior, you should take ME115A in Fall and ME115B in Winter, and as a senior, you should take ME216A in Fall followed by a Product Design Capstone sequence, ME216B/C or ME206A/B. If you anticipate a deviation from the Product Design Core sequence, please consult a PD faculty advisor.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, sub-plan Product Design

This is a pretty common question, and the answer is that you cannot apply to the d.school. The d.school, formally known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, is an institute for teaching design thinking that is open only to enrolled Stanford students. The d.school does not grant degrees. As a Stanford student, you are permitted to take classes at the d.school along with your other courses. There are no d.school courses required in the Product Design major.

Please meet with a peer-advisor, or a faculty member, during office hours. Or, sign up for the interest list to stay up to date on opportunities to learn more: pd-interest@lists.stanford.edu.