The industrial design program teaches students to solve design problems and redesign products to improve their usability. Coursework focuses on sketching and rendering techniques, manufacturing processes, and the construction of prototypes.
Through an intense design process incorporating research, concept drawing, manufacturing analysis, and material exploration, students create solutions for a number of consumer products. Coursework culminates in a major degree project. Recent projects include a redesigned walker, a stationary bicycle, exercise and athletic equipment, children’s toys, furniture systems, and a school bus.
Internships, design competitions, and partnerships with local manufacturing and consulting firms afford opportunities to apply classroom teaching in the real world. All faculty are practicing designers who are members of the Industrial Designers Society of America. A MassArt-hosted exhibition, “Design Massachusetts,” features numerous award-winning projects designed by the college’s industrial design alumni.
Industrial Design Faculty
Judith Anderson, Associate Professor
Bsme, Carnegie Mellon University
MA, Royal College of Art
Lars Fischer, Associate Professor
BFA, University of Michigan
MBA, Suffolk University
James Read, Professor
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art
MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Heather Reavey, Assistant Professor
BID, Syracuse University
Thomas Russell, Assistant Professor
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design