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Industrial Design Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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  • FAFSA School Code: 003754
  • Phone: (540) 231-6000

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Industrial Design Program

The industrial design program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University prepares students for careers in product, toy, and furniture design, as well as numerous design opportunities in the automotive industry. The program focuses on using artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audience using the creation of forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products. Program courses include: plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance. Get more details below including other Virginia colleges that offer industrial design program.

The Industrial Design program at Virginia Tech is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation for more than 10 years.

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Students Enrolled in the Industrial Design Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers a bachelor's degree program in industrial design.

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Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Industrial Design program at Virginia Tech, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Commercial and Industrial Designers

  • Description:

    Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, commercial and industrial designers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 10.5% from 2010 to 2020

Graphic Designers

  • Description:

    Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, graphic designers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 13.4% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 80
      • Average Hourly Rate: $22.61
      • Average Annual Salary: $47,030

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).