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Industrial Design

Academy of Art University

36 months
1191 USD/credit 35730 USD/year
1137 USD/credit 34110 USD/year
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If you’re fascinated by the creative and intellectual challenges facing the physical design industry, join us in creating the future. The curriculum and facilities of the Industrial Design program of Academy of Art University reflect the trends and requirements of our industry, and our teaching faculty is comprised of award-winning practicing designers.


The Industrial Design program of Academy of Art University provides advanced study within focused fields of physical design. In addition to classroom and collaborative coursework, each student works toward producing a final thesis project.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

MFA Thesis Project

  • Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project
  • Explain the relevance of their project to their professional goals
  • Complete an approved body of work which represents an advanced level of achievement in their area of focus

Research & Analysis

  • Clearly define the problem/opportunity, hypothesis, main objectives, and product requirements in their project brief
  • Conduct adequate research and communicate findings using appropriate supporting materials

Visual Communication

  • Produce work that demonstrates proficiency in branding, graphics, drawing, rendering, 3D modeling, and model making

Design Process

  • Explore materials, color, form, manufacturing, ergonomics/human factors, and sustainability
  • Incorporate understanding of costs, bill of materials, and specifications into design planning process
  • Use innovative processes and design methodologies to develop conceptually strong projects (including brainstorming, mapping, sketches, and synthesis/testing of many ideas)
  • Explore secondary designs: packaging, engineering, user interface, and/or user experience

Presentation Skills

  • Give clear and concise professional presentations (verbal and visual)
  • Accurately present their ideas in writing

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional portfolio of work demonstrating their skills to a potential employer
  • Organize a final, stand-alone gallery exhibit of their completed thesis project.


Academy of Art University offers some of the best training and hands-on experience to help accelerate your industrial design career. We pride ourselves in doing an exceptional job preparing you to excel in your future profession. Our degree programs are designed to equip aspiring artists and designers with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills that lead to professional success in the industry.

Clay Modeler

Sketch tangible examples of what the future might hold to develop detailed 3D physical clay models based on the design direction and physical properties of an object such as a vase, car, or even a ship.

Digital Modeler

Create a digital 3D model based on design direction as a digital modeler. You'll take 2D and visual concepts and bring them to life in 3D software to help visualize the final transportation and product design piece.

Footwear Designer

Work for designer labels, sportswear or specialist footwear companies. Produce mood-boards and design sketches to develop ideas. Create the patterns which are made into shoes.

Junior Designer

Create initial designs for the senior design team as a junior designer in a design studio. You'll be responsible for professional concept mockups, study models, and sketches.

Product Designer

Design most things we use in our day-to-day lives, from cutlery to clocks and computers, as well as specialist products like medical, electronics or telecommunications equipment. Improve the way that existing products work and look and/or produce them at a lower cost.

Toy Designer

Research the preferences of particular age groups. Create sketches and prototypes to produce products that are attractive and functional. Ensure that products are appropriate and safe for specific age groups.

Transportation Designer

Create designs for vehicles and transportation related products. Areas of specialty include automotive concept design, public transportation, and automobile and aircraft interiors. Must have a strong background in design and significant knowledge of computer software and computer-aided design programs.

UX/UI Designer

Develop scenario-based digital and physical user interaction designs. Craft every touch point in a digital or physical product to ensure brand consistency and emotional appeal.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Industrial Design Processes
  • Industrial Design Drawing 1: Perspective
  • Model Making
  • The Science of Design: Ethnographic Methods
  • Professional Practices & Communication for Industrial Designers
  • Design Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • College transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits and number of hours completed for each class
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio in your chosen discipline is required with detailed descriptions for all international graduate school applicants
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35730 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1191 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    34110 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1137 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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