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Strengths
A forward-thinking focus on the interactivity of design and its spheres boosted by individualized, challenge-driven learning paths for each student. The institution converges design, arts, sciences, and humanities to promote an integrated design process that incorporates perspectives from the aforementioned disciplines

 

 

Overview

CMU’s School of Design recently refocused all of its design programs to look at the field through a “design for interaction” lens. The school sees design as the solution to common problems, and students are charged with setting the scope and timeline of a specific challenge they’d like to surmount. While the school does offer a product design stream, its strengths lie in graphic communications for print and digital. Additionally, School of Design students have access to the university’s top-flight computer science and business faculties, giving graduating designers a solid grounding in technology – hardware, software, interaction and systems – and the business acumen to succeed in the real world.

Notable alumni

Nest Thermostat designer Fred Bould, Dustbuster creator Carroll Gantz

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