The Product Design program trains multidisciplinary designers to use their creativity, design thinking, and design process to bring new ideas, products, and value to companies, communities, and people. Educators and industry professionals experienced in a wide range of areas guide students in developing their creative process, researching user experience, and applying diverse 2-D and 3-D design skills to create well-conceived and executed objects, products, and systems that service a human need. The program emphasis is on creativity, exploration, design thinking, solution finding, personal expression, aesthetics, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurship in the creation of lifestyle products and packaging for the global consumer market. Students majoring in Product Design learn a wide range of artisan-based hand skills and processes using soft and hard materials, digital design skills in 2-D graphics and 3-D modeling for rapid prototyping. Through hands-on mentor guided studio projects and professional internship experiences, students develop projects from concept to the completion of prototypes and how to apply business skills and entrepreneurial practices to drive innovation to market. The program assists each student in developing personal career pathways to success.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Use the Product Design and Development Process, as a means to manage the development of an idea from concept through to production.
- Employ research and analysis methodologies as it pertains to the product design process, meaning, and user experience.
- Apply creative process techniques in synthesizing information, problem-solving and critical thinking.
- Demonstrate and employ hand drawing and drafting principles to convey concepts.
- Use basic fabrication methods to build prototype models for hard-goods and soft-goods and packaging.
- Demonstrate, apply, explain, and recognize basic engineering, mechanical, and technical principles.
- Demonstrate, apply, explain, and recognize basic family of materials used in soft-goods and hard-goods, including sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.
Student learning in Product Design courses is assessed using level-appropriate rubrics and evaluations of presentations, projects, reflections, exhibitions, portfolios, exit vitae interviews and senior exhibition projects. Collectively these measures allow us to determine the level and quality of education attained by our students.