farm33 wrote:I already have a BS in Industrial Design and am one class short of my Masters in Industrial Design AND I’ve been working as an Industrial Designer for 25 years so I obviously don’t need a PhD to get a job. I have a deep interest in both design practice and philosophy so that’s why I would want a PhD in industrial design. I would like to research a specific topic in Industrial Design, write a paper with a hypothesis, and defend this hypothesis in a Doctoral Thesis presentation. This published work would theoretically advance the field of industrial design research.
My question wasn’t about the merits of a PhD in Design. My question was: Does anyone have a list of all the US colleges/universities that offer a PhD in design/industrial design? I’m piecing together a list and have discovered only four or five schools offer PhD’s in Design or a related industrial design field.
So, once again: Does anyone have a list of all the US colleges/universities that offer PhD’s in design/industrial design? I would think IDSA would have a list of all the accredited industrial design schools/programs that offer a BA/BS/MFA/MR/MS/and PhD’s, etc. in Industrial Design. Surely, someone must know if one exists?
I appreciate the seriousness of your goal, as philosophy was one of my interests in college as well. A memorable course I took was a 400 level class in the sophomore year of my undergraduate called 'MetaLogic' - the professor and the topics were eye opening. I think it solidified my religious beliefs.
If you're having trouble finding a comprehensive list, it might be worth a call to the admissions office at Cranbrook Academy of Art, they're widely known for their excellent Masters in Design program but they also might have good knowledge on where their design students might study next after leaving their program.
Another good person with whom you could contact is Robbie Blinkoff of Context http://www.contextresearch.com/context/index.cfm
They take Ethnography to higher levels and commonly delve into the philosophy of people, places and things - I love Robbie's blog and email updates.
Another source that might lead you in an interesting direction is HumansInvent http://www.humansinvent.com/
I am wondering about what led to your goal ...were your efforts on a past project unfulfilled due to budget, scope, etc? ...did you see something design related that sparked a next-step desire? Please do tell!
FUN (you should appreciate this - clearly an oddity of the human mind! ...do animals have such musings, I wonder?...)
#1 I cannot lie, Kiss' Dr. Love
has been singing in my head since I first read your post. I will admit that I tried changing the words to Dr. Design
in my head (spoken clearly in Paul Stanley's voice, by the way) but it only works if you extend the Dr. into Doc----tor.
#2 For some reason, Howey Mandell keeps appearing in my mind in his doctor's smock walking the halls of St. Elsewhere singing Kiss' Dr. Design
- and I swear I think he was wearing one of those old flexible ship's curves around his neck instead of a stethoscope.