Industrial Design is a career in three dimensions, combining creative ideation, refined technical skills, and artistic application of design. It encom-passes such fascinating endeavors as the design of products and toys, as well as automotive, museum exhibit, and environmental design.
Industrial Design professionals solve dimensional design problems, define and develop new products, design prototypes, build models, create digital representations of designs,and create full-scale environments. Students of the Industrial Design program require problem solving and critical thinking skills, manual dexterity, artistic interest, technical drawing skill, craftsmanship, computing skills, self-discipline, and conceptual vision.
The Industrial Design program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh begins with the fundamentals of drawing, designing, and building. The science of ergonomics is emphasized in design to ensure that people and objects interact effectively and safely. Students participate in the full evolution of projects, from research to concept development to prototyping and final presentation. Students also learn to use computer software to develop concepts, make design decisions, detail design, and construct presentation models.
Graduates of the Industrial Design Associate of Science degree program are prepared to seek entry-level positions such model maker and product fabricator. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science program are prepared to seek entry-level positions including product, exhibit, automotive, furniture, and environmental designers.
Students of the Industrial Design Associate of Science degree program acquire skills related to solving dimensional design problems, defining and developing new products. Students build prototypes and full-scale environments. Students develop in the areas of manual dexterity, artistic interest, technical drawing skill, computing, craftsmanship, self-discipline, and conceptual vision. Students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the design process from research to conceptualization to refinement of design. Students also learn to use computers to develop concepts, make design decisions, and detail design. Student may also learn the basics of special effects model construction.
The mission of the Industrial Design Program is to offer an educational environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. These qualities define form and function of products and systems, balancing the needs of the user with the capabilities of industry. Industrial Design graduates benefit society through their design skills, technical knowledge, and aesthetic sensibilities. The program prepares students for career opportunities in a versatile and dynamic profession, providing the tools to compete in a global economy.