I’m looking at applying for Penn College of Tech and they have a program called "Industrial and Human Factors Design (BID). " It’s a B.S degree.
It says that:" Graduates of this program would obtain jobs in the following areas: industrial design, interaction design/human factors design, environmental design, and packaging design. "
Is it really true? Is such a degree really that flexible that it can be used for so many jobs? Or should I focus on just finding a degree that says: “Industrial Design” only.
Also, does anyone have any opinions about the school?
Is it accredited?
Industrial design education arguably do esprepare you for most of those areas, though you generally need to learn to specialize your skills if you want to focus on interaction design.
With that said I would avoid Penn Tech…I don’t know about their ID program but I don’t believe they are accredited and they aren’t very well known. I had a friend who went there (not for ID) and was not very happy - transferred out after a semester.
Look at this list: http://www.idsa.org/content/content1/list-id-schools There are a bunch of other ID departments in and around PA that would further your education much better IMO.
oh well, im glad i asked. So far, I’ve applied to University of Cincinnati and Appalachian State University. I was looking to apply for at least one more, but I can’t decide. I was looking at Arizona State University but I don’t think I can take the weather. Although I’m from Florida, Arizona’s weather seems extreme!
I have to offer an encouraging word for Penn College – (I teach there!) I think we offer an excellent design education and provide deep insight into design principles and practical application. Penn College is a “hands on” school and that doesn’t appeal to everyone. We work with a wide array of other disciplines in the ID program but start with a core art curriculum.
Penn College is an affiliate of Penn State University and has offered industrial design courses for about 6 years, however we just started offering a BS degree last year. We were ranked among the top 10 public, four year colleges in the northern US in the latest US News survey and are accredited by Middle States. The ID curriculum is aligned with NASAD but the accreditation process takes a while. I think Penn College is a good fit for those interested in both industrial and interaction design as well as those who benefit from lots of hands on experience.
it’s interesting - why start an ID program in the rust belt, where so many have closed?
When I came to Pennsylvania 10 years ago (after nearly 20 years in industry) the rust had flaked off revealing green mountains, dark forests and powerful rivers. Williamsport is a beautiful area and PA has a growing medical products industry and other industries employing industrial designers.
Where do we fit?
We elicit student’s creativity and apply it in practical ways. Our program is all about creativity and its application. We have international relationships that keep the world of design in the contemporary context, an art core curriculum and a wide variety of applied specialties students can follow.