The School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers a four-year professional degree in Industrial Design. The Industrial Design program is dedicated to achieving excellence in the education of professional design. It is our goal to provide students with a diverse exposure to the necessary proficiencies for a professional career in Industrial Design and design education. The program encourages collaborative and experiential learning with diverse disciplines. It is our philosophy to embrace a hands-on learning environment that is conducive to creative exploration.
Our design studios emphasize a broad understanding and sensitivity to environmental and social concerns while fostering an environment that develops critical thinking and problem solving. We believe that user needs, universal design, sustainability, human-centered design and ergonomics all play an integral role in the design process. We seek to develop designers who advance industrial design knowledge, cultivate aesthetic sensibilities, and improve the material conditions and the needs of people and their environments. The Industrial Design program encourages proficiency in technical skills such as drawing, visual communication, graphic layout, form development and physical model making. In addition, the program continually seeks new methodologies to incorporate technology into the curriculum, such as advanced computer modeling, photorealistic rendering, rapid prototyping, and CNC milling. We aim to graduate students who are well prepared for the professional design world and have the ability and passion to make a positive contribution to the betterment of humankind. Our program promotes the exploration of national and world issues of design through teaching, research, practice, and service.
Industrial Design Program
This four-year professional program offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for successful practice in the field of industrial design. Students completing program requirements will receive a Bachelor of Industrial Design. This is the only degree-granting program in industrial design in Louisiana. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredits the program. Industrial design is the profession of generating concepts and products that optimize the purpose, significance, and form of products for consumers and producers. Industrial designers often work within the context of cooperative working relationships with other members of a development group. The industrial designer’s unique contribution places emphasis on those aspects of the product or system that relate most directly to human characteristics, requirements, and interests. Industrial designers also maintain a practical concern for technical processes and requirements for manufacture, marketing opportunities and economic constraints, and distribution sales and servicing processes.
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