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What is Industrial Design?

Industrial design is the area of study and practice that is used for the creation of designs for use in a variety of forms in order to increase the products usability, desirability, packaging, efficiency, or a combination of such. Individuals in this field will use a mixture of art and science in order to achieve functioning aesthetic for whatever product they are currently working on.

Educational Requirements

Individuals in this field will typically pursue a bachelor's degree at minimum in order to be considered for employment. Programs are available at many universities as well as specialized art colleges and institutions. Individuals will learn various design principles alongside machining, mechanical engineering and other relevant fields. As such a program requires a cross section of science and art, individuals should be prepared for a high amount of mathematics combined with art principles in order to form a truly unique discipline.

A curriculum may include:

  • Design Philosophy
  • Calculus
  • Form and Function
  • Machining
  • Aesthetics and Integration

Employment Opportunities

Individuals in this field will seek employment with product manufacturers, assisting in prototype development, design, packaging, and even marketing as part of their overall duties. Individuals in this field will work alongside engineers to provide aesthetically pleasing design to functional machines, possibly even assisting in better performance through design innovation. Individuals may work in house, freelance, or as part of a firm, and will offer varying services based on education and experience.

Job Growth, Salary and Related Fields

Job growth should remain steady over the next decade through a balance of innovation and caution in regards to mid level manufacturers committing resources to new product development. As a result positions will be open, new job will be available, but the area will not grow as rapidly due to limited opportunities from certain sectors. The average salary for an industrial designer is $58,000 annually, with increases in pay based on experience, success, education and location.

Individuals interested in industrial design may also be interested in graphic design, marketing, or interior design.

Colleges That Offer Industrial Design

Listed below are the popular schools in the U.S. that may have industrial design programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting online or a state.

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University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati (UC) is one of the top 25 public research universities in the United States. Located in Ohio on what is considered one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, the University of Cincinnati is ranked among the best national universities...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,784
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (513) 556-6000

Programs Offered

  • Dance (B)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA

Art Center College of Design, located in Pasadena, CA, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students career training and education in the fields of art and design. Art Center College of Design offers several programs for students to choose from. Here are the programs...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $35,552
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (626) 396-2200

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Graphic Design (B,M)
  • Design and Applied Arts (B,M)
  • Cinematography And Film (B,M)

College for Creative Studies

Detroit, MI

College for Creative Studies, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Detroit, MI, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. About 1,400 students enroll at CCS...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $34,380
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (313) 664-7400

Programs Offered

  • Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry (B,M)
  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

About Clemson University, located in Clemson, South Carolina, was founded in 1889 through a donation of land and resources by Thomas Green Clemson upon his death. Mr. Clemson had desired to establish a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $12,674
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (864) 656-4636

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Art Studies (B,M)

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah, GA

SCAD, located in Savannah, Georgia, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students education in the fields of art and design. SCAD has over forty different programs available, and it awards degrees up to a Master's degree. The more popular enrolled programs among...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $32,405
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (912) 525-5000

Programs Offered

  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Commercial Photography (B,M)

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

Academy of Art University is a private art school located in San Francisco, California, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. Academy of Art University has over ten different programs available to students, and it awards degrees up to a Master's...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $18,650
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (415) 274-2200

Programs Offered

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (A,B,M)
  • Industrial Design (A,B,M)
  • Fashion Design (A,B,M)
  • Interior Design (A,B,M)

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

Rhode Island School of Design, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Providence, RI, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. Rhode Island School of Design has an annual...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $41,332
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (401) 454-6100

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Graphic Design (B,M)
  • Illustration (B,M)
  • Photography (B,M)

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute - Main is a nonprofit private institution located in Brooklyn, NY and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Pratt Institute - Main has an annual student enrollment of approximately 4,600.Here is a list of some of the popular programs Pratt...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $41,092
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (718) 636-3600

Programs Offered

  • Digital Arts (B,M)
  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Fashion Design (B,M)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology ("Georgia Tech") is one of the top research universities, and among the top 10 public universities in the United States. Georgia Tech is situated on a 400-acre campus in Atlanta, Georgia. It offers many prestigious, nationally...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,098
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (404) 894-2000

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Music Technology (B,M)

Auburn University

Auburn University, AL

Auburn University in Alabama is one of the few educational institutions in the United States that is designated as a land, sea and space grant university. Auburn University offers more than 140 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,446
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (334) 844-4000

Programs Offered

  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Interior Design (B,M)
  • Drama (B,M)

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology is a nonprofit private institution located in Rochester, NY and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Rochester Institute of Technology has an annual student enrollment of about sixteen thousand.Areas of study offered at Rochester...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $33,258
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (585) 475-2411

Programs Offered

  • Visual and Performing Arts (B,M)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Interior Design (B,M)

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana is the largest and oldest campus in the University of Illinois system and is a public research facility. History The University of Illinois at Urbana was...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $14,522
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (217) 333-1000

Programs Offered

  • Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry (B)
  • Dance (B)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, PA

UArts is a nonprofit private art school, which is located in Philadelphia, PA. More than thirty different programs are offered at The University of the Arts, with a Master's degree being the highest degree granted. Here are the more popular programs...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $34,840
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (215) 717-6000

Programs Offered

  • Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry (B,M)
  • Dance (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Graphic Design (B,M)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as "Virginia Tech," is a leading research institution - ranked 44th in the U.S. for its university research programs.  Virginia Tech is a land-grant institution located in Blacksburg, Virginia on...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,923
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (540) 231-6000

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Drama (B)
  • Art Studies (B)

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh (NC State) is ranked in the top 50 U.S. public universities, and number three in the U.S. among public universities that receive funding for research.  Research is a foundation of the academic culture at NC State, and 70...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,788
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (919) 515-2011

Programs Offered

  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Graphic Design (B,M)
  • Art History (B,M)

The New School

New York, NY

The New School is a nonprofit private school that has a large number of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in New York, New York, in a predominately urban area. Approximately 11,000 students are enrolled per year at The New School.Students can select from...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $39,368
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (212) 229-5600

Programs Offered

  • Design and Visual Communications (B)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, NY

FIT, located in New York, New York, is a public art school that offers students career training and education in the arts. Fashion Institute of Technology offers at least twenty different programs available, and it awards degrees up to a Master's degree. The more popular enrolled programs among...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $4,790
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (212) 217-7999

Programs Offered

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Commercial Photography (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, MA

Wentworth Institute of Technology, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Boston, MA, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. Around 3,800 students enroll at Wentworth...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $27,108
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (617) 989-4590

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Denver, CO

Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro State) is a large and comprehensive public college located in downtown Denver, Colorado. Metro State offers bachelor's and master's degrees, with offers 55 majors at the undergraduate level, with 90 minors to choose from. It...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $5,341
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (303) 556-3058

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Drama (B)
  • Art Studies (B)
  • Music (B)

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $17,904
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (954) 463-3000 x2122

Programs Offered

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Commercial Photography (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.