Are you curious? Do you examine the world around you, figuring out how to make things work better? Maybe you enjoy creating new objects in three dimensions. You’re a keen observer – someone who isn't afraid to experiment and take risks. After all, failure is often the first step toward success.
The Industrial Design program at the University of the Arts will fuel your passion for discovery and development. At its heart, the research-based program focuses on people and their needs. Students observe and analyze – all while learning how designers can make a difference in the world. From defining problems to conceptualizing solutions and building prototypes, students engage with others and the world around them.
Be a part of "Instant Village," where student teams design emergency shelters that they set up in the woods, then spend the night in their structures as a way of testing those designs. Travel to Kenya to help improve the lives of a rural village by designing bicycle-powered water pumps and power chargers, or solar food dryers for preserving food. Seniors create their own capstone projects, which have included a redesign of a snowboarding bag, laser-cut women's accessories, an HIV orientation kit, fashionable clothing for the disabled, a military sanitation system for women, small-scale aquaponic systems, rooftop gardening systems, a high-tech dining room table and a bio-wall for energy conservation.