About the Program
Industrial designers are generalists who resolve design issues in the context of contemporary culture. Having a creative and curious mind and a desire to make new connections is a great asset in this profession. Industrial Designers create attractive, meaningful things that work well and support the client's mission. This includes things such as computers, furniture, cars, exhibits, sporting goods, tools and countless other items people interact with in their lives. They also develop systems and services that people will use. An industrial designer will typically begin work on design problems by analyzing the end user's functional and cultural needs. A successful design solution fulfills user needs and finds synergy between these, the business interests of the client and current design priorities.
A working knowledge of current design priorities is developed from the study of the liberal arts, including an observation of convergences of knowledge, an analysis of products and systems in contemporary society, attention to the cultural implications of technological growth, and a study of ideas in art and design history. The understanding derived from these sources ensures that industrial designers will act as agents of change and will offer design solutions that accurately interpret human existence.
Industrial Design is growing rapidly in its value to clients, its scope of activity and its influence on culture. While the profession's origin is in product design, more recent developments have elevated the profession to the corporate strategic level. The designer's methods are now cherished in organizations that nourish innovation and designers are coveted as team members for interdisciplinary problem solving.
At Philadelphia University Industrial Design is taught in the best possible context – on a campus with a mission to educate professionals. The professions that Industrial Designers typically collaborate with - other design professions, scholars in the liberal arts, business people, engineers, healthcare professionals and scientists - are all represented on this campus in an academic climate where interdisciplinary collaborations thrive.
Our Industrial Design students work together in a studio environment. In the pursuit of their design projects, they develop a very broad range of skills. They learn to network and communicate in traditional and in web based media, draw, analyze, discuss, build models and prototypes and they present their ideas. To inform their design solutions, they perform research using traditional methods and, as dictated by their innovations, they invent new ones. At times they pursue projects independently and at times they work in teams. Students often work on industry sponsored projects that bring real-world criteria and opportunity into our studios.
Our graduates leave prepared to apply themselves to tasks that require complex analysis, possessed of the imagination and skills to lead in the pursuit of better results.
The BS in Industrial Design Program is NASAD accredited.