Masters in Product/Industrial Design

Hello all,

My name is tom Holbrook and I’m a soon-to-be graduating Mechanical Engineering student from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. Throughout my undergrad I constantly found myself frustrated with the lack of space for “true” design and creative thinking in a mechanical engineering context, as my school simply does not stress that. It is with this, and a creative mind in tow, that I am aiming to pursue a Masters degree in either Product or Industrial Design, as these seem to be an ideal means to combine these interdisciplinary skills to advance my career.

I was wondering if anyone had any tips as to good schools or people to talk to regarding this? I know I’m at somewhat of a disadvantage given that I don’t have an undergraduate degree in ID or PD, but I have done a good job of maintaining creative work throughout my undergrad and have a decent portfolio to present.

Schools I was considering right now were Carleton (Ottawa, Canada), Stanford (California, US), and Liverpool, as I’ve heard these programs are prestigious and will yield results.

I would appreciate absolutely any input anyone can give me. I’m always willing to learn, and I have time. :slight_smile:

Engineering can be very creative, just as creative as ID (or any other profession, there are lots of kinds of creativity)
I suggest you work first before going back to school, to gain some experience, try to get in an ID consultancy. That way you could gain an understanding of the ID process/skill set while earning some cash.