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Hello everyone! I'm a Mechanical Engineering graduate who's recently decided to switch careers into Industrial Design. My natural course of action was to start building a portfolio for applications as well as researching universities for a Masters program.

I noticed that most of the 2-year Masters programs have a preference for students with bachelors degrees in design or related fields. I did however come across a few 3-year programs which are geared towards students who come from a non-design background. I've more or less decided on the 3-year courses since I believe I'd need the extra foundation year to get my skills up to scratch.

When it comes to Industrial design, I have an inclination towards the ideation and prototyping phase, UI/UX, and interaction. So, based on the above information, here's my question:

Which school/university would you recommend for my interests which also offers a 3-year graduate program? I've looked up schools like CMU, RISD, Pratt, and Georgia Tech, but don't have a solid opinion on them yet.

Any help is appreciated. Cheers!
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I highly recommend visiting them. All four of them are very different schools.
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Quackophony wrote:When it comes to Industrial design, I have an inclination towards the ideation and prototyping phase, UI/UX, and interaction. So, based on the above information, here's my question:

Which school/university would you recommend for my interests which also offers a 3-year graduate program? I've looked up schools like CMU, RISD, Pratt, and Georgia Tech, but don't have a solid opinion on them yet.
I would ask the question if you are leaning towards UI/UX if you actually want to pursue Industrial Design at all, or actually want to look for a dedicated interaction design/Human Computer Interaction program. There are programs that will let you do hybrids of both, but if you want to focus specifically you may come out with a more stronger portfolio in that area.

CMU has an outstanding HCI program. Georgia Tech also offers a masters degree in that field. All are good programs but very different. More specifically, if you are going to spend 4 years somewhere, you should decide if it's going to be Pittsburgh, Atlanta, RI or NYC. All have very different vibes which will make some people happy and some miserable.
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Hey Mike and Yo, thanks for the suggestions! However I'm not from the US, so visiting these schools prior to admission won't be possible.

I think I wasn't entirely descriptive about my interests, since I see I only mentioned UI/UX to be an interest. Apart from that, I'd say that my primary focus would be user-centric products, both tangible and intangible. Ergonomics is also something that greatly interests me. So for example, designing a game controller would be something I'd like to do in the future, since it has all the aspects that I'm interested in.

I think this is why I want to get into Industrial design, since I don't want to restrict myself to UI/UX only. I feel I'd get more exposure on the whole, and can then make a decision on what I'd want to specialize in.
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Pratt or Art Center. Why on earth would one think arts are properly supported in state schools? Why live in a “red” state? Your choice of school is the first step in defining yourself and your interests.

When my son was looking at schools (non visual fields) I told him to pick a brand name and that way people don’t have to ask you “What state is that in?”

My Choice? Pratt.

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That is an odd way of looking at things. It is hard to argue with the portfolios coming out of the Ohio schools in my opinion.
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yo wrote:That is an odd way of looking at things. It is hard to argue with the portfolios coming out of the Ohio schools in my opinion.
Just a quesiton of proximity to major metropolitan areas and all of the exposure to so many things that affords. That kind of environment rounds out a person and adds so much more than the curriculum itself. The measure of a designer is not their portfolio alone.
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Is Australia has scope for Industrial Design?? and Which is best Universities or colleges to do Masters of industrial design in Australia?

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Hi,
I am a Product Designer based in India.

Could anyone give me a feedback on the following 2 masters course and how suitable are they for a product designer?

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau - Master in Integrated Design

TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) - Master in Integrated Design

As the course are open to various design disciplines, are they structured or very open-ended?
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