Explore design theory, design history, and human-centered design as you create a range of consumer products
Students obtain a user-centered approach in identifying relevant user needs and defining design opportunities as well as a technical and theoretical understanding of materials and processes as they relate to manufacturing. They effectively use form color, graphics, materials in the development of product aesthetics, conceptual sketching, mixed media rendering, computer-aided design, and soft and hard model making.
Software Applications: Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, InDesign), SolidWorks, Rhinoceros and AutoDesk Fusion 360.
Program facilities equipment
Computer labs offer students hands-on design experience using Macintosh and Windows platforms. The software includes Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, InDesign), SolidWorks, Rhinoceros and AutoDesk Fusion 360. Design courses are conducted in large studio spaces adjacent to a well-equipped model-making shop. Students have access to a variety of maker-space facilities within the College of Art and Design that include 3D printing, stereolithography, CNC and laser cutting.
Program job titles reported
Industrial Designer; Product Designer
Program significant points
- Commercial and industrial designers usually work closely with engineers, materials scientists, marketing and corporate strategy staff, cost estimators, and accountants.
- Those with strong backgrounds in engineering and computer-aided design, as well as extensive business expertise, will have the best prospects.
Select program hiring partners
Allegion, Bally Design, BioLite, Cascade Maverik Lacrosse, Core Home, FirstBuild, Fisher-Price Brands, GE Appliances, Hallmark Cards, Hamilton Beach Brands, MASH Studios, Melissa and Doug, Menasha Packaging, MSA Safety, Packaging Corporation of America, Pepsi, Rich Products, Staach, Inc., Staples, The Timberland Company
|Outcome||% of Students|
|Full-time Graduate Study||17.00%|