Carl Olsen, Transportation Design Chair B.I.D., Pratt Institute
What do fine arts have to do with real-world products? The two are actually inseparable, as youll discover in the Industrial Design department of CCS. We recognize that in todays marketplace, manufactured products - from teapots to tractors - must not only be useful, but also aesthetically pleasing and socially responsible. As an industrial designer, youll work closely with marketers, engineers and other professionals to develop new products, acquiring the technical skills to improve products, and the ability to communicate your ideas graphically and verbally.
The Industrial Design program emphasizes a hands-on approach to solving design problems. Youll be immersed in every phase of design, from originating ideas to building 3D prototypes Ñ physical and digital Ñ while learning to recognize manufacturing and marketing realities and opportunities.
In your freshman year, youll gain broad experience through a variety of departmental studio classes. After the first year, youll choose a concentration. Entry to the transportation design section is limited and based on a portfolio review after the first year.
Youll get plenty of real-world experience: because of the departments extraordinary reputation, many Fortune 500 corporations regularly sponsor studio projects and offer internships. Youll solve real problems currently facing companies Ñ and learn to defend your solutions.