About the School

The School of Design and Engineering offers a unique environment that encourages students to push the creative boundaries of design and engineering. The School emphasizes in-depth exploration of individual design and engineering disciplines, while encouraging interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.

Classes stress conceptual thinking, design excellence, intellectual curiosity and creative expression, combining a focused concentration on one particular field with a broad-based educational foundation that fosters critical thinking skills in a global context. This multi-tiered approach provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to navigate professional challenges successfully and to reap the rewards of leadership and success in their careers.

The faculty of practicing professionals, state-of-the-art facilities, study abroad opportunities and collaborative approach to learning all contribute to creating a unique, intellectually stimulating environment that enables students to creatively meet the challenges of our fast-changing global marketplace.

The School of Design and Engineering gives students the ability to shape the world through creative problem-solving and driving innovation by constantly pushing the envelope of what is possible.

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Kanbar College-Animation
Animation
Kanbar College-Animation

Animation

Immersed in the PhilaU design community, animation students use cutting-edge tools and techniques, hone their storytelling abilities and study every phase of production. Students collaborate with graphic, interactive, industrial and fashion students on industry projects and graduate equipped for leading creative roles in film, television, visual effects, and video games.

    Program Highlights

  • Focus on production, storytelling, typography, hierarchy, and image-making

  • Use professional tools to design, model, and animate compelling 3D characters and environments

  • Explore advanced 3D and 2D studies to plan and implement short films

Kanbar College engineering
Engineering
Kanbar College-engineering

Engineering

The ABET accredited BSE in Engineering cultivates in students the knowledge and analytical skills for professional engineering practice or successful graduate studies. Through hands-on experiences, students learn to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. In their sophomore year, students choose to concentrate in one of the five career-focsued concentrations.

    Program Highlights

  • Work within multidisciplinary teams on industry sponsored projects

  • Work within the industry with our excellent internship opportunities and solve engineering problems

Kanbar College fashiondesign
Fashion Design
Kanbar College fashiondesign

Fashion Design

Our fashion design program offers students a matchless introduction into the fast-paced, creative fashion industry. Students are taught by industry professionals and graduates are recognized as team-oriented designers who understand the relationship between design, technology, production and business in the global marketplace fashion marketplace.

    Program Highlights

  • Learning through hands-on experience with the latest design equipment

  • Study abroad with opportunities in major fashion centers, including London and Rome

  • Intern with companies including Betsy Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, Urban Outfitters, and Vogue

Kanbar College-graphicDesign
Graphic Design Communication
Kanbar College-graphicDesign

Graphic Design Communication

Teaching students to think as design strategists, our curriculum focuses on collaboration, innovation and problem-solving. Our students regularly win national and international awards, and our graduates are sought after for their conceptual thinking, technical agility and their understanding of the Graphic Design industry's many complexities.

    Program Highlights

  • Collaborate with other disciplines for companies like QVC and the National Convention Center

  • Be recognized in major design competitions, exhibitions and publications like the Adobe Design Achievement Awards

  • Take advantage of our excellent study abroad and internship programs

Kanbar College-industrialDesign
Industrial Design
Kanbar College-industrialDesign

Industrial Design

The NASAD accredited industrial design curriculum focuses on networking, technical knowledge, communication, and strategic thinking necessary to create impactful designs. Students learn to create attractive, meaningful things that work well and support the mission of real world clients. Students graduate ready to advance 21st century innovation.

    Program Highlights

  • Work in a collaborative studio environment

  • Develop skills, network and communicate in traditional and digital media, bringing a product from concept to prototype

  • Learn to work in teams which can span countries and disciplines on real-world projects

Kanbar College-msIndustrialDesign
M.S. in Industrial Design
Kanbar College-msIndustrialDesign

M.S. in Industrial Design

Through research, cross-disciplinary collaboration, new technologies and the entrepreneurial drive to create products that improve lives, societies and the global economy, students apply design practices to every step of the process to create engaging, intelligent products for the 21st century. Students graduate able to work with product users, researchers, business people, engineers and manufacturers to create products that better serve users.

    Program Highlights

  • Collaborate with colleagues with diverse discipline backgrounds from economics to mechanical engineering

  • Design for global societies and manufacturing

  • Create real, credible work designing platforms and systems

Kanbar College-interactiveDesignandMedia
Interactive Design and Media
Kanbar College-interactiveDesignandMedia

Interactive Design and Media

This field demands experts with a diverse combination of skills, including design principles, strategic thinking, technical skills, and creative collaboration. The PhilaU curriculum develops graduates with the ability to visualize and produce work for more rich information environments and prepared them be dynamic leaders and anticipate what's next in the constantly changing industry.

    Program Highlights

  • Explore interactive design, web-based media, user experience, user interface, game design, and mobile communications

  • Learn motion graphics, type motion, and animation techniques

  • Participate in our active internship program

Kanbar College-msInteractiveDesignandMedia
M.S. in Interactive Design and Media
Kanbar College-msInteractiveDesignandMedia

M.S. in Interactive Design and Media

Students in this curriculum learn to communicate well-designed, engaging, dynamic rich media experiences in a collaborative environment. Students work in interdisciplinary teams, develop technical skills and hone the critical thinking strategies essential to the rapidly evolving profession.

    Program Highlights

  • Work in interdisciplinary design teams on real world projects

  • Develop skills in digital technologies, analytics, information design, strategy and methods of usability

Kanbar College-mechengineering
Mechanical Engineering
Kanbar College-mechengineering

Mechanical Engineering

Emphasizing the fundamentals of mechanical, thermal and fluid sciences, engineering design is part of the ABET accredited, Mechanical Engineering curriculum from day one. Students apply theory to design experiments demonstrating their understanding of laws in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and mechatronics.

    Program Highlights

  • Work within multidisciplinary teams on industry sponsored projects

  • Work in the lab to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

  • Work within the industry with our excellent internship opportunities and solve engineering problems

Kanbar College-msda
M.S. in Modeling, Simulation and Data Analytics
Kanbar College-msda

M.S. in Modeling, Simulation and Data Analytics

In today's world, data is everywhere. While our technological advances have allowed us to become more efficient, productive and informed, these advances have left organizations awash with meaningless or misused information. Learn to address these challenges and solve these data, information and communication problems in this two-year, asynchronous online program. Enroll as an individual to broaden your skillset, or with cohorts on behalf of your organization.

    Program Highlights

  • Asynchronous, online format

  • Project-rich curriculum

  • Individual and corporate cohort models available

Kanbar College Surface Imaging
M.S. in Surface Imaging
Kanbar College Surface Imaging

M.S. in Surface Imaging

Students in this program develop designs for various physical forms using a variety of printing technologies. Students work on interdisciplinary teams, enhancing creativity and design skills while learning valuable printing, business and applied engineering skills needed to lead in the imaging industry.

    Program Highlights

  • Work in interdisciplinary design teams on real world projects

  • Develop design skills in conjunction with advanced printing technologies

Kanbar College-texDesign
Textile Design
Kanbar College-texDesign

Textile Design

Textile design students learn how to turn innovative ideas into printed, woven and knitted products. Learn to turn innovative ideas into real products in preparation for careers as print designers for everything from home furnishings to high performance swimwear. Blending aesthetics with technology, our proven curriculum provides graduates with a competitive edge to secure careers in the global textile marketplace.

    Program Highlights

  • Work on industry-sponsored collaborative projects with industry professionals

  • Experience numerous study abroad partnerships

  • Intern with companies like Urban Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch

Kanbar College-textileDesign
M.S. in Textile Design
Kanbar College-textileDesign

M.S. in Textile Design

With an integrated, collaborative and proven curriculum, the M.S. in Textile Design program blends creative skills with emerging technologies. In studios and classrooms, students turn innovative ideas into original products with PhilaU's state-of-the-art facilities, industry partnerships and real-world experience.

    Program Highlights

  • Learn from active members of the textile design field

  • Participate in sponsored projects, national and international design competitions and exhibitions at international trade shows

  • Experience study abroad in textile and fashion international centers

Kanbar College-textileEngineering
M.S. in Textile Engineering
Kanbar College-textileEngineering

M.S. in Textile Engineering

Through diverse courses and an interdisciplinary approach, the M.S. in Textile Engineering curriculum helps students cultivate extensive, practical knowledge of the field. Graduates will be well-prepared to make significant contributions in advanced manufacturing technology or textile materials technology.

    Program Highlights

  • Collaborate with colleagues from textile engineering, textile chemistry, science or engineering

  • Make significant contributions in either advanced manufacturing technology or textile materials technology

  • Gain exposure to a wide range of professional education possibilities

Kanbar College-phdtextileeng
Ph.D. in Textile Engineering and Sciences
Kanbar College-textileEngineering

Ph.D. in Textile Engineering and Sciences

The program's goal is to educate textile engineers who combine theory, practice, scholarly research and application of knowledge in their professions. The curriculum emphasizes depth in fundamental textile engineering and science/mechanical engineering disciplines as well as interdisciplinary work and problem-solving.

    Program Highlights

  • Develop research in an environment steeped in a rich textile heritage

  • Further applied research in industry, government or university settings

  • Contribute original research and scholarly publications in the fiber and textile fields

Kanbar College-textilemat
Textile Materials Technology
Kanbar College-textilemat

Textile Materials Technology

The program focuses on the innovative global textile industry, including fiber-engineered products for medical, geotextiles, architecture, fiber-reinforced composites, and traditional apparel and home applications. In this program students have the opportunity to select one of 5 career-focused concentrations and complete graduate level courses to transition into select PhilaU graduate programs.

    Concentrations

  • Sports and High Performance Materials

  • Product Safety & Materials Evaluation

  • Commerce

  • Textile Conservation & Forensics

  • Sustainability