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:

  1. Listen, sense, and orient related to a given innovation context with appropriate actions and methods
  2. Frame, research and analyze an innovation context to understand the related systems and dynamics
  3. Identify strategic objectives, stakeholder value criteria, and metrics for relative success
  4. Scan, search-for, and filter information in various forms to rapidly gain intelligence for innovation context
  5. Apply tools and methods to develop appropriate future foresight and trend analysis for innovation context
  6. Employ appropriate research methods with empathy to discover important human dynamics related to innovation context
  7. Induct, deduct, and abduct innovation opportunities that align with value criteria and framed objectives
  8. Envision and visualize valuable potential as future user experience(s) in appropriate market context
  9. Invent and create iteratively with effective design skills, production knowledge, and perceptual literacy
  10. Decide with high levels of intelligence consistently throughout the innovation process
  11. Validate and /or develop appropriate proof of proposed concepts
  12. Propose innovation solutions as systems that grow with a strategy that evolves over time
  13. Define products and services as clear business models with market context
  14. Present and communicate at a professional level appropriate for executive leadership or potential investors.
  15. Interact and function at a high level in organizations and teams esp. to manage alignment of expectations throughout innovation process

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.