The Program Learning Outcomes for the Master of Science in Industrial Design are designed to produce integrated abilities and levels of experience enabling graduates to confidently and effectively apply innovation methodologies to research and develop new value /solutions that balance the related humanistic, technological, and business dimensions for myriad complex unstructured problems (innovation contexts) including abilities to:
Candidates of the Masters of Science in Industrial Design degree are required to identify a topical area of focus and then demonstrate their understanding of program content through the satisfactory research, development, production, and communication of a final thesis project. The thesis project serves as an effective exposition of mastery in the field of study and is evaluated by the department chair or the chair’s designated faculty/advisor review team. Successful completion of academic requirements of both the M5 and M6 thesis classes are congruent to approval of the thesis.
Classes throughout the curriculum incrementally instruct and assess progress regarding specific aspects of the PLO’s especially in the context of semester long studio projects. The relatively small size of the program (12 students accepted each year), the physical adjacency and concurrence of classes, and the active role of the chair as faculty in each term level creates the opportunity for a high degree of awareness of individual student progress. In the third and fifth semesters students are also required to enroll in a zero credit progress review class. The progress reviews provide an additional structural checkpoint in the curriculum for the assessment of individual progress and a forum for advisement as needed.