Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree
Students in the Master of Fine Arts program in Industrial Design will achieve expert skills in industrial design research, digital technology, and problem solving. The program emphasizes the identification and resolution of social, economic, and technical design problems. Graduate studies courses hone the graduate student's mastery of industrial design research, materials and processes, developmental drawing, 3D model-making, and construction practices.
Graduate students will work on independent and group projects under technical and creative guidance of our prestigious faculty of professional industrial designers. Our studio courses develop the student's mastery of industrial design skill sets for accurate communication of visual ideas.
At their Midpoint Review, prior to the final year of study, students will propose a project for their thesis to a review committee. Upon the approval of the project, students then proceed through three semesters of directed study with faculty mentors and experts in industrial design or fields relevant to the student's project.
During the course of the thesis, students will be exposed to expertise in design research, aesthetics, technology, critical thinking, and communication. The final thesis must define a social or cultural benefit, address economic factors to define a successful path, and incorporate technical reference to demonstrate a viable conceptual basis for the thesis topic. Upon approval by the Final Review committee, students will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects.