As an Industrial Design student, you will begin your professional career on day one. Starting with first semester drawing projects, you will begin developing Industrial Design fundamental skills based on industry standards.
Beginning industrial design courses focus on sketching, graphic layout, computer drawing and model making. As students develop their talents and unique styles, they have many opportunities to network with professionals in the industry and begin their professional futures.
Annual Spring Show – With an exhibition of fresh and original work, Academy of Art University's Spring Show draws crowds of industry professionals each year. Industrial Design students showcase their best work in product, furniture, toy and automotive design. Students show their portfolios and interview with representatives from companies like Mercedes Benz, Mattel, Volkswagen and others.
Awards & Real-World Projects – Students in the School of Industrial Design degree program are frequent participants and winners in industry competitions like James Dyson, IDEA and the International Home + Housewares Show. With a reputation for outstanding work, students of the School of Industrial Design are sought out for internships while they are still in school. Students develop best industry practices and gain invaluable experience through internships.
Career & Entrepreneurial Services – Students prepare for entry into the professional work force by taking advantage of the Career & Entrepreneurial Development department’s onsite and online workshops. See more.
Topics include: Job Search Strategies, Resumes & Cover Letters, Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business, Networking & Interviewing Techniques.
In addition, online office hours and career service chats offer opportunities for students to get individual career counseling, advice on resume and interview expectations, portfolio tips, hiring standards, industry trends and networking techniques.
All registered students, graduates, and alumni have access to the daily updated job board, where companies post internships, freelance, full time and part time positions.
Industry Relationships & Events – Throughout each semester, the School of Industrial Design participates in events that bring respected industrial designers and transportation and product professionals to campus. Students benefit from lectures and presentations by top industry professionals.
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Through the School of Industrial Design’s innovative degree programs, you will develop an individual style and create powerful portfolios demonstrating your unique approach to problem solving. As you acquire the technical and conceptual skills needed in the field, you will have the chance to network with industry professionals and gain practical experience.
Graduates of the School of Industrial Design will be prepared for professional opportunities such as: