Thomas Jefferson University


Located on a 100-acre, park-like campus, Thomas Jefferson University is just minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Our number one priority is providing students with an academic experience that leads to internships, jobs and meaningful career paths. As a result, our job placement rate is 95 percent and our students are employed at some of the top companies in the world. We do this by focusing on innovation, innovative thinking and our award-winning Nexus Learning approach — active, collaborative learning that is connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts.

Undergraduate Program

Industrial design (ID) is about creating the future. You’ll learn how to design things that transform the lives of people worldwide: from human-powered washing machines for developing societies to interactive car control systems; from better backpacks for airline travel to digital speakers made from bamboo. It all starts with the design process, a way of thinking and working to develop strategies for innovation, propose more efficient systems and create valued products.

Working in an open, collaborative studio environment, you’ll learn how to make drawings and 3D models, build prototypes and share ideas with others to learn from their input. You’ll create in a sustainable and responsible way, addressing the needs of the end user, the client and the world as a whole. Participating in global design teams will sharpen your skills through travel and research. You’ll even collaborate on real projects with leading companies like Philips, Knoll and Umbra.

A degree in ID opens a wide array of career paths to you. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders at design-driven companies and consultancies, funded their own startups through social media and joined socially-driven organizations to improve the lives of others. The Thomas Jefferson University BS in industrial design program is NASAD accredited.

Graduate Program

Ranked seventh in the United States and fourth in the East by DesignIntelligence, the MS in industrial design is a professional program based on interdisciplinary project work. You will learn to effectively design at the collaborative and chaotic “front end” of the product-development process. You will work with product users, researchers, businesspeople, engineers and manufacturers to create products and systems that are better at serving their users, societies and the world at large.

We like busy people, because busy people are ambitious, curious people. Many of our courses are taught in the afternoon and evening, to allow flexible scheduling for students who have outside obligations.

Our Four Areas of Focus:

• Informing design through creative research into user needs.
​• Working closely with business, engineering and other disciplines to design platforms and systems—not just isolated objects.
• Designing intelligent products for the “internet of things”—integrating hardware, software and electronic interactivity.
• Understanding and designing for global societies.

Our students are smart, curious and diverse, with undergraduate backgrounds in everything from economics, education and philosophy to technology, mechanical engineering and architecture—as well as students with undergraduate ID degrees. International students are welcomed warmly.

The MS in industrial design will prepare you for entrepreneurial work in the field, or for a position in a corporate design department or design consulting firm. If you’re currently working in design, this program can help you move from tactics to strategy—from working on problems you’re given, to finding untapped opportunities and new clients.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Master of Science in Industrial Design


Thomas Jefferson University
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce
4201 Henry Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Director and IDSA Student Chapter Advisor: Tod Corlett, IDSA

NASAD Accredited


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