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Industrial Design

You can learn to think in terms of how people will use your product as you take it from idea to prototype to presentation.

A chance to shape your own future.

Critical thinking. Curiosity. Innovation. Those are just three aspects of creativity you’ll develop as you prepare to join the ranks of those who make a living by making form meet function.


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What you can learn

You can learn to think in terms of how people will use your product as you take it from idea to prototype to presentation. You’ll use computers to help develop concepts and refine your designs. And you’ll be guided by talented and experienced instructors as you work your way through courses in areas such as…

  • Drawing and perspective
  • Digital modeling and rendering
  • Design thinking
  • Intellectual property law
  • Fabricating
  • Materials & processes
  • Product design
  • Model building
  • Anatomy and ergonomics
  • Three dimensional design
  • Prototyping
  • Human factors
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental science
Industrial Design student working on computer

The next application deadline is

November 6, 2015

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Geoffrey Mye

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Jeremy Selenfriend

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Shelli Henrickson

Owner, Limelight Interiors

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