Explore the 10 Best Colleges for Industrial Design

4. Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, Massachusetts is home to some of the top universities in the nation, one commonly recognized is Wentworth Institute of Technology. Wentworth focuses on providing comprehensive programs that help to solve today’s problems and best prepare students for the real world.

Wentworth sees industrial design as “where form meets function.” The industrial design program at Wentworth, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design or NASAD,  provides students with numerous options for courses. Industrial Design courses at Wentworth include model-making, drawing, and computer-aided design, allowing students to master various facets within the industry.

Wentworth not only provides a number of opportunities within its Boston campus, but also encourages students to study abroad where they can learn and explore the likings of top manufacturers and other organizations. Graduates of Wentworth have held careers at a number of leading global businesses, such as Bose, Hasbro, New Balance, PUMA and many others.

3. Arizona State University

Innovation is at the heartbeat of Arizona State University, and the school values the ability for students to thrive and to do so within society. ASU offers over 350 undergraduate and more than 450 graduate degree and certificate programs. Across all of its campuses, over 80,000 students attend Arizona State University each year.

Design programs at Arizona State include architecture, graphic design, interior design, design research, industrial design and others. DesignIntelligence recognizes Arizona’s industrial design program as one of the top three in the western United States. Students can focus on industrial design at both an undergraduate and a graduate level (MID and MSD). Arizona trains students to acknowledge and strive for innovation, aesthetic appeal, user-friendliness, safety, sustainability and more to yield the ideal products to suffice today’s demands.

2. Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design, or RISD, was established in 1877 and is well known for its impressive art and design programs. RISD is a smaller university, with about 2,300 students attending each year and 19 major choices. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, RISD is in an ideal location, being a central port between two major artistic cities: New York City and Boston, Massachusetts.

RISD offers graduate and undergraduate programs for industrial design, which are centered on innovation, critical thinking, and advancement. Professors at the Rhode Island School of Design provide students with insight from extensive professional backgrounds within the field. A number of resources are offered to industrial design students at RISD, such as woodshop, model shop, metalworking, software, digital fabrication and more.

1. Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a well-known college located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Carnegie Mellon has a top ranking in various segments; top 25 universities in the world, top school for computer science and top school for engineering, along with a number of other notable recognitions.

CMU’s undergraduate design degree program allows students the choice to decide to focus on industrial/product design, communication/graphic design or design of physical and digital environments. Offering this choice to students sets it apart from the other comparable colleges; students are able to customize their degree to focus solely on their desired specialty.

Industrial design graduates from Carnegie Mellon have been employed by various global enterprises. Some of these institutions include BMW, Sony, Nike, Apple, Pinterest and many other top organizations.

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