Our faculty members come from the many award-winning Bay Area design studios, which offer internships year-round.
Forged by connections to the medical, energy, aerospace, and entertainment industries in the context of Houston and the State of Texas, our graduate program advocates for a new form of design knowledge that merges theory and practice and provides a new perspective on creativity, product and system development, services, and environment with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies.
Degree Plan: Personalized Program of Study Each graduate student develops his/her personalized curriculum in consultation with the Director of the Industrial Design program based on the student’s needs, interests, background, and specific area of study.
Students in the Master of Fine Arts program in Industrial Design will achieve expert skills in industrial design research, digital technology, and problem solving.
The program emphasizes the identification and resolution of social, economic, and technical design problems.
We strive to place our graduates in top firms and maintain a diverse and high profile advisory board with expertise in high technology, transportation, and furniture design.
Our department works hard to increase exposure to the design and business community by participating in and sponsoring high-profile events and workshops.The art of industrial design sits at the intersection of culture, technology, and business.If you’re fascinated by the creative and intellectual challenges facing the physical design industry, join us in creating the future.Sample Degree Plan: MS in Industrial Design (Design Research and Development) Student-Driven Activities Design Dialogue Design Dialogue is an annual forum organized by Industrial Design graduate students that seeks to expand the spectrum of design issues, disseminate ideas, and strengthen connections within the design community.Through a series of lectures, workshops, and discussions, Design Dialogue aims to share knowledge, generate a new understanding of design issues, and engage the creative community in meaningful dialogue.The School of Industrial Design is ideal for prospective students who are interested in a career in the design of cars, toys, modern furniture, or commercial products.Our students are trained by professional industrial designers who have shaped some of today's hottest products.They proceed to courses in design, where they are assigned to projects in which they apply critical thinking to identify and solve problems accordingly, utilizing the skills and knowledge acquired during previous semesters.The BFA program emphasizes critical thinking, the identification and resolution of design problems, and the nurturing of creativity and innovation.Graduate studies courses hone the graduate student's mastery of industrial design research, materials and processes, developmental drawing, 3D model-making, and construction practices.Graduate students will work on independent and group projects under technical and creative guidance of our prestigious faculty of professional industrial designers.