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Strengths

An emphasis on commercial environments and product innovations, including an edifying medical collaboration

Overview

Auburn’s School of Industrial + Graphic Design is recognized for its studio-based and industry-sponsored projects, through which students delve into design for areas such as transportation, furniture, consumer products, exhibits and user interface. Real-world applications are inspirational and idealistic. Case in point: the Assistive Technology Studio, which is focused on designing and developing solutions for people who live with disabilities. Other projects see students collaborating with industry heavyweights like 3M, IBM, Frigidaire and NASA. Annual international studio programs afford opportunities in Ireland and Taiwan.

The bachelor program is a nine-semester curriculum where students acquire skills in concept sketching, computer visualization, 3D CAD, prototype fabrication and photography. The graduate program teaches students to design products and systems informed by human interaction, manufacturability/    profitability and environmental impact.

Notable alumni

Legendary silversmith William Spratling, Tom Hardy of IBM, Heather Bybee of Microsoft, Tippi Clark of The Novogratz, Ken Musgrave of Hewlett Packard

Notable faculty

Chris Arnold, Joyce Thomas, Shea Tillman, Randy Bartlett, Tin Man Lau

 

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