The MIT Morningside Academy for Design (MAD) is home to design-specific programs that encourage a community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers to make, create, and innovate.

Project Manus

MIT students are avidly interested in hands-on learning and making things, and MIT Project Manus champions this interest by fostering student maker communities and providing access and training in two makerspaces on MIT’s campus: The Deep (37-072) and Metropolis (6C-006B).

Through, Project Manus also makes it easier for community members to find spaces and machines, and access training in 35+ makerspaces on the MIT campus.

The MIT Makersystem includes makerspaces tailored for general making, entrepreneurship, research, the arts, class projects, metal working, wood working, glass working, micro/nano making, biomaking, and more. These makerspaces provide access to a host of tools: from chisels, saws, and belt sanders to 3D printers, welding machines, and oscilloscopes and much more.


MITdesignX is an academic program in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) dedicated to design innovation and entrepreneurship. The program empowers students, faculty, and researchers to build new business ventures and forward-thinking solutions designed to address critical challenges facing the future of cities and the human environment.

MITdesignX provides resources to build new solutions, systems and ventures. Successful ventures exist at the intersection of design, business, science and technology. Interdisciplinary teams of creative thinkers and makers fast-track the development of their innovations and launch ventures into the marketplace. Applications go through a rigorous selection process that reviews ideas based on human and social impact, feasibility, uniqueness, and scalability as well as team composition, diversity and skillset.

Applicants may include graduate students, researchers, staff and/or faculty members from the MIT SA+P and their collaborators from across MIT, other universities and beyond. One participant on a team is required to be an active student, faculty, researcher or staff member of MIT. Preference will be given to teams that include SA+P members.

DesignPlus First-Year Learning Community

DesignPlus is a learning community open to MIT first-year undergraduates. It’s a space for hands-on experimentation and exploration, acquiring technical skills, finding mentors and mutual support, and having fun. Approximately 50 students join each year to discover different facets of design, both in theory and in practice.

All students—from any background, field of study, or with any technical abilities—have the potential to be makers and designers. DesignPlus was created to boost prototyping and design capacities among first-year undergraduates at MIT before they select a major.

N52 Fabrication Shop

The N52 fabrication shop is home to a number of undergraduate classes focusing on design across multiple majors, the DesignPlus Learning Community, and the greater MIT community. Our shop has a wide variety of equipment to accommodate projects across disciplines, types of materials, and working both traditionally and digitally.