ok firstly, i should start by thanking core and the active ppl on this board.
i too was on the look out for good product design schools sometime back and had a lot of questions to ask which i did post on this board. and thankfully did get a lot of suggestions. after a lot of research i finally zeroed in on cmu, among my other good admits. i dint know a lot abt the program then…
and since then…i havnt been able to find time to browse this board again.
but today, i just thought that i should share in my experinces here abt cmu’s program so that it might help lot of eager students who r in the same stage i was in some time bak.
talking abt cmu’s masters of product development…
firtsly its not the program where u can sit and learn skecthing or if you want to do cad jobs. the focus here is not on rendering and creating fuzzy concepts.
this is lot more real world product development experience…they have courses on industrial design but the main aim of the program is to combine
the business, the design and the engineering expertise from the 3 schools of cmu which are all really good by themselves…so the students hav a great oppurtunity to choose whatevr courses they want from any of these schools.
the capstone course called the IPD is where teams get together and work with a company to design a product for them and most of the products have been patented and put into production evryyear. so again it gives a real world experience in which ppl always work in teams.
if you do want build or design products that you want to see in the market someday, then this is the process that you have to learn, only learning to sketch concepts wont help you do that…u got to hav the business and the engineerinng knowledge to pull it off. and thats exactly what u learn here.
so on the negative side…if you r the kind of designer who prefers to sit in c orner and create designs by yourself then probably this is not the most ideal place…
but if you like working in teams and learning the product design process the way it happens outside…there cudnt be a better place…
summing up , the program in my opinion ,with my research before apps was good, but after i came here…it was greater than i evr expected it to be…
its an ideal program for both engineers and designers to learn the other side. it gives you exposure to some ofthe best research and grt profs.
it has a beautiful campus and a very diverse crowd. and unfortunately, the program is not well publicised, becos they dont want it be…so u wont get a good idea abt the program from the website…they really want ppl who seek it out and it is really difficult to get an admit in the program…but allin all , i couldnt hav been happier abt my choice
i am not looking to compare schools here, becos i know they are alot of very good schools with their own specialities…but this has been my experience so far.
with that…my wishes and good luck to all the other aspiring product deisgners.