Top School in Denver for an Industrial Design Degree

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Students seeking an industrial design education in Denver, CO, have only one public and one for-profit school to choose from. Based on distinction, school type and student population, the following university is considered a top school in Denver for obtaining a degree in industrial design:

  • Winner: Metropolitan State University of Denver is the largest school in the city in terms of student enrollment that offers studies in industrial design. It is also the only public institution in the city with this type of program. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science or minor in industrial design.

School Info Chart

Category Metropolitan State University of Denver
Distinction Provides education to more undergraduates in Colorado than any other college or university in the state*
Location Denver, Colorado
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $5,744 (in-state); $17,837 (out-of-state)**
Industrial Design Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Industrial Design Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 15**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 26%**
Noteworthy Industrial design program accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Sources: *Metropolitan State University of Denver; **NCES College Navigator

Metropolitan State University of Denver

  • Internship opportunities in industrial design are available
  • Industrial design studies combine lectures with hands-on studio work and collaborative projects
  • Students of the industrial design program create a portfolio for professional purposes

Metropolitan State University of Denver, formerly known as Metropolitan State College of Denver, offers 300 academic options, including the opportunity for students to design their own degree programs. Annual enrollment at the university exceeds 22,000 students. The College of Professional Studies consists of 11 departments, including the Department of Industrial Design. This departments offers a bachelor's degree in industrial design. Students pursuing a degree in business, art, engineering or communications might consider a minor in this subject.

In the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, students learn the knowledge and skills needed to envision and design new products while using innovation to re-imagine and improve existing products, as well as manufacture them. Knowledge is gained in perspective rendering and computer modeling, as well as contemporary business strategies. Students are required to take 35 credits of general courses, including liberal arts courses such as composition, public speaking, social science and history. They must then complete 75 credit hours in the industrial design field and 10 elective hours. Electives much be chosen with a faculty advisor.

Students may also choose to attach an industrial design minor to their bachelor's degree. The school recommends the minor to students in the School of Business, as it adds a technical aspect to their academic experience, though the minor is available to students pursuing a degree in any subject. Students who wish to attain this minor must complete 20 credit hours of required courses, including woods, plastics, perspective drawing and history of industrial product design.

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