Industrial Design

For the current generation of Industrial Designers, computers and laptops are an essential tool in production. 3D rendering, production layouts, and material research are all more accessible to ID students owning their own laptops. The restrictions of lab hours are a thing of the past, and work can be done whenever, wherever.

The following are required and recommended Industrial Design software programs for the Fall semester and beyond. This list is subject to change, and a complete list will be sent to you before the beginning of the Fall semester.

***Note: Interested in possible less expensive prices?  It may be less expensive to access software via the:

==> MIAD school page on Journey Ed. <==

To do so, please click the link above and search for the software you are interested in.  If you have any trouble or need assistance, please contact Open Book.

Required Software for Industrial Design all levels:

All-Student Package
Listed in: Foundations section
Adobe CC
– Price: $100 (It will show up as an item on your tuition bill for incoming students)
– Availability: Supplied at MIAD for all incoming students

MIAD provided Microsoft Office
– Price: Free
– Availability: TBA

Sketchup | | Free

Windows 8.1 Pro

Found at: JourneyEd | $69.99


Windows 7 Pro
Found at: NewEgg | $139.99

Sketchbook Pro
Found at: Autodesk | $59/year

Found at: | $95/year

SolidWorks (ID Sophomores)
Found at: JourneyEd | $139.95/year

CES edupack (For ID Junions | Provided by MIAD)
Found at: See above | Free

Recommended Software:

Found at: Apple App Store | $60 (Each component sold seperately on Apple App Store for $20/piece.)
*NOTE: iWork is free with Mavericks.*

Found at: Sketchup | $49/year

Estimated Total for Required Software without tax:

$323.99 w/ Windows 8.1 Pro | $393.99 w/ Windows 7 Pro
+$139.95 with SolidWorks (for ID Sophomores)

* For the most up-to-date costs please check the software through the links.