Innovation Design Engineering at Royal College of Arts and Imperial College – My Decision Process

Double Masters in IDE

by Viraj Joshi

After having done a 9 semester under graduation in Industrial Design from MIT-Institute of Design, I had decided to step into the world of freelancing and setting up my own studio with a classmate, called “Quip Studio”, with clients around Pune and Mumbai. The idea of Quip Studio and my solo freelancing was to build a strong portfolio so that I could apply and get through to the best of colleges where I wished to go.

I was always sure that I wanted to focus on designs of physical products, their engineering, design, and development. Having done industrial / product design, the wisest decision would be to delve deeper into engineering and innovation – two fields that are almost inherent to industrial design. I’d had only shallow formal education in engineering through my undergraduate course and knew far less about innovation and it’s nature than I wanted to. Thus, it was a no-brainer for me to shortlist colleges and courses from around the world that would add to my skill, approach and in consequence my CV.

Amongst my favourite courses that I had shortlisted, I had Innovation Design Engineering, a joint double masters course between the Royal College of Arts (MA), and Imperial College, London (MSc); Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Labs; Integrated Product Design at TU Delft, Netherlands; and the Design courses at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. All these courses were at crossroads of design, manufacturing, engineering, innovation and marketing in different capacities. Stanford decided to halt their intake for their fall 2016 batch to renew their course, and I didn’t get through to MIT Media Labs and the interview round of Carnegie Mellon. My choice was amongst TU Delft and the RCA+Imperial.

Although Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) at the RCA+Imperial was extremely costly, I decided to take that leap for multiple reasons: First and foremost, I saw the alumni of the course at the best of positions in global firms doing incredible design work, or having started extremely provocative startups – pushing the boundaries of design and technology. Secondly, the course provided far more than just design masters; the students did more than just projects – their outputs had great market viability. It fell in line with my vision of being a design entrepreneur at some stage in life. It is also worth mentioning that in all the design courses, IDE ranks at #1 in the QS rankings.

And that is the story of how I ended up with the 36th batch of IDE (2016-2018)!

Viraj Joshi


Viraj Joshi is a Double Masters Candidate at Imperial College, London and Royal College of Art. Check out some of his great work at

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