Three of the top schools for industrial design include the Art Center College of Design, Carnegie Mellon University and Rhode Island School of Design, with the latter offering programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In general, the programs teach students learn how to design and develop appliances, furniture, office equipment and other manufactured products.
1. Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA
|School Highlight: The Art Center helps artists and designers find the necessary skills for them to make an impact with their art and ingenuity.|
The college offers a Master of Science in Industrial Design with a program emphasis on practice and theory for the production of research and development of business opportunities. Also available is a dual MS/MBA degree in Innovation Systems Design, and a dual degree program for an MS in Industrial Design from the Art Center and an MBA from Drucker School of Management.
2. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, RI
|School Highlight: The school was founded in tandem with the RISD Museum of Art.|
The school's Division of Architecture and Design offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in industrial design. In the Bachelor's in Fine Art program, students have the opportunity to work on projects of sustainability for countries like Argentina and Costa Rica. The Master of Industrial Design is housed in the department's six-floor building and studio, shop and gallery spaces. Also offered are noncredit certificate programs.
3. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA
|School Highlight: The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is one of the few design programs in America to offer all levels of degrees at a research institution.|
At the university's School of Design, students can pursue an undergraduate program in industrial design while learning how to create products that enhance everyday life and human interaction. Coursework includes topics in environmental design, electronics and prototyping. Students can also enroll in Masters Degrees, like the Master of Design and Master of Arts in Design, and a Doctoral degree as a Ph.D. in Design.
Top Industrial Design Programs
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||Bachelor's in Industrial Design||Blacksburg, VA|
|University of Houston||Bachelor's degrees in Industrial and Product Design||Houston, TX|
|Montclair State University||Bachelor's degrees offered||Montclair, NY|
|Massachusetts College of Art and Design||Bachelor's degrees in Industrial and Product Design, Associate's degrees in Graphic Design||Boston, MA|
|Ferris State University||Bachelor's degrees in Industrial and Product Design||Big Rapids, MI|
|Clemson University||Bachelor's and master's degrees available in industrial design||Clemson, SC|
|Auburn University||Bachelor's and Master's degrees||Auburn, AL|