The School of Industrial Design hosts guest speakers, workshops, and events that create an insider network connecting you with working professionals in the industry. Enjoy unique opportunities, such as industrial design internships and collaborations with artists, designers, and innovators outside of the classroom.

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Alfa Romeo & Maserati

In 2018, Industrial Design students invited students from the Schools of Fashion, Web Design & New Media, and Graphic Design to join their partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The objective was to reimagine the Maserati and Alfa Romeo automotive brands for the year 2030.

General Motors

Academy of Art University’s Industrial Design students collaborated with General Motors to create Buick Velite Concepts for the near future. Students were guided by Thamer Hannona, GM Senior Designer, Frank Saucedo, GM Director Advanced Design California, Antonio Borja, Director, School of Industrial Design, and Claudia Dallendoerfer, Web New Media.​


The Academy has enjoyed an eight-year relationship with NASA. Each year, the space program sponsors a class so students can figure out how to address the outstanding problems they face with astronauts’ space travel. One recent semester was focused on habitation or travel to Mars.


Academy of Art University’s Industrial Design students collaborated with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to create a Premium Concept Vehicle for the Jeep brand. Students were guided by Mark Moushegian (FCA Advanced Research Design Manager), Tim Anness (FCA Head of Advanced Design), and Tom Matano (AAU IND Executive Director).


Collaboration with Industrial Design’s Furniture Department and Pininfarina to design modern workspaces for people that work remotely.

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