For students holding a bachelor’s degree in a design field or with equivalent professional design experience, the two-year, 60-credit Master of Design in Product Design curriculum consists of studio, methods and seminar courses. The curriculum is project-based, which means that each semester’s course content is integrated around studio-based projects.
With a particular focus on human-centered design and design for sustainability, the Product Design graduate program explores the nature of materials, products and manufacturing from a regional perspective, using the Philadelphia metropolitan region as a laboratory and case study for innovative approaches to product lifecycles and culture. New digital fabrication tools and rapid prototyping processes are addressed in addition to the larger cultural, environmental and business contexts that inform industrial design. The final semester of the two-year program is devoted to a master’s thesis in which the candidate will work more independently with a group of internal faculty and/or outside professionals to develop a thesis project that must advance the candidate’s chosen field of study.
Students in the Product Design graduate program have access to design professionals with backgrounds in fields ranging from architecture, environmental design, industrial design, interaction design, social design, design strategy, design research, cultural anthropology, psychology, industrial systems, organizational development, business and entrepreneurship.
The University of the Arts is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant degrees in the visual, performing and related arts, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104). The College of Art and Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Industrial Designers' Society of America. The School of Music is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (IBT) or 580 (PBT), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or complete Level 9 in the University’s ESL Institute. Students who do not meet score minimums may be required to successfully complete an English Language Program prior to matriculation. All applicants with post secondary or university transcripts from outside the United States are required to submit an official evaluation for each transcript. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mandates that all foreign students applying for (or transferring their current) F-1 student visa sponsorship show sufficient funding for at least one year of study. A Certification of Finances form will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. The Certification of Finances is not required to make an offer of admission however, the I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.
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