The Graduate Design Program is focused on educating graduate (both Masters and Doctoral) students through hands-on design learning and industry-sponsored projects. The cornerstone of this program is a three-semester sequence of courses that begin in January, and culminate the following year in May. The first course in this sequence is Advanced Product Design (APD). APD is a studio class that focuses on consumer product design and helps equip students with the tools necessary to complete the two-semester Graduate Design projects course which follows.
The Graduate Design projects course meets formally once per week, and is geared towards teams of students completing an industry-sponsored design project. In Graduate Design, the teams, composed of 3-4 students, have access to funds from the sponsoring company, and meet regularly with a mentor from the sponsoring company and a faculty advisor. Teams are tasked with delivering a near turn-key product at the end of the 9 month project.
You can complete the three-semester course sequence if you are admitted to the ME Design Track, or through the Design Pathway option available in all ME Tracks. The Design Pathway allows you to complete the three course sequence as enrichment/elective credits in the other ME Tracks.
Enrollment in these courses is limited and highly competitive due to high demand. You must apply for admission to Advanced Product Design by November 1st for spring semester enrollment. Admission to the BS/MS program doesn't include admission to the Design Track. Please contact Professor Mark Rentschler if you have any questions.
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