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Graduate Industrial Design

“Industrial design is more than the creation of desirable products and user experiences. Successful innovation requires resilient business model-based designs driven by unique insights about human needs, and the thoughtful study and design of our future.”

Andy Ogden, Chair

Degree: Master of Science

Art Center’s Graduate Industrial Design program, Grad ID, offers a two-year, six-term Master of Science curriculum focusing on theory and practice for the production of insightful research, the development of human-centric designs and the creation of new business opportunities.

We combine Art Center’s renowned excellence in visual design and “making skills” with the knowledge, theories and methods essential for making design solutions for complex and unstructured problems. In doing so, we prepare students to assume leadership roles throughout creative organizations.

Our faculty of internationally renowned educators—accomplished professionals across a range of design, technology and business fields—help our students develop their abilities through projects and critical dialogue in a design studio environment.

We design with a consciousness that our products and innovations exist in a larger social and ecological context. Our program’s methodology, which takes a systems-level view and strives to balance the business, technological and human aspects of any challenge, is called Strategic Innovation. This creative process produces empathetic solutions to essential human needs. This broadly applicable approach allows designers—and enterprise—to be resilient, and to grow.

Find out more about our department at artcenter.edu/GradID.

We also offer a dual degree program with the Drucker School of Management, which results in an MS in Industrial Design from Art Center and an MBA from Drucker; this is the Innovation Systems Design Program. For more information, please visit artcenter.edu/isd.

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