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Industrial Design MFA

Program overview

The master of fine arts degree in industrial design is for career enhancement or redirection. The educational experience is project-oriented, requiring research into design methods and technologies. Cross-disciplinary collaboratives provide an experiential dimension.

The first year of study includes seminar courses in design history, issues, research, theory, and methods, which are common to all graduate students in the School of Design. In addition, studio courses involve extensive design work with respect to environmental issues, the meaning of artifacts, and critical analysis. Extensive course work using three-dimensional software for product modeling and animation fills out the program.

In the second year students conduct research and develop a thesis project, which is presented in a graduate thesis exhibition or presentation, and is documented in a written thesis report.


Industrial design, MFA degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IDDE-701 Design Laboratory I 6
IDDE-703 Function of Form 3
IDDE-705 2D Ideation and Visualization 3
VCDE-701 Design History Seminar 3
IDDE-702 Design Laboratory II 6
IDDE-704 Form of Function 3
IDDE-706 Integrated Design Visualization 3
  Open Graduate Elective 3
Second Year
IDDE-790 Thesis: Research and Planning 6
VCDE-711 Design Theory and Methods Seminar 3
  CIAS Design Elective 3
IDDE-890 Thesis: Implementation and Evaluation 6
  CIAS Design Elective 3
  Open Graduate Elective 9
Total Semester Credit Hours 60

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Product designer, package designer, toy designer, furniture designer, exhibit designer


Design products to be manufactured for consumer use. Create concept for new products. Sketching, modelmaking, interacting with clients and engineers on manufacturing and logistics.

Recent Employers

New Balance Athletic Shoes, Robert DeFelice & Associates, Graco Children's Products, Xerox Corporation, Fisher Price

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