University of Bridgeport


The mission of the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) is to offer professional education in the design fields leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees and successful careers in design. SASD develops students’ abilities to identify, analyze, and solve design problems using culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable methodologies and technologies. SASD is committed to advancing the use of best practices in all areas of design.

The SASD Design programs are built to emphasize the importance of practical, theoretical, and professional activities and practices in the various design fields. Students learn about the fundamentals and details of design; their application to real-world use; design’s impact on the user population; and the various means and methods needed to take their designs from concept to reality. SASD Design facilities include studio spaces, computer labs, libraries, and an inspiring location. We have a large international community with contacts in other countries to exchange ideas, and we are proud of our international designer-in-residence program.

Program Description

The four-year B.S. Industrial Design program emphasizes conceptualization, design, and production of products for personal, home, industrial, and commercial use, ranging from domestic and consumer products to medical, entertainment, and more. Students learn to design and develop product concepts, visualize them using the latest computer technology, and build models in a well-equipped model shop or computer lab. Students learn presentation skills to demonstrate their creative and unique solutions. Advanced industrial design topics include ergonomics, materials and manufacturing, and marketing.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, MPS DM Masters of Professional Studies Design Management


News & Events


Richard Wilfred Yelle
Chair Industrial Design
Shintaro Akatsu School of Design
University of Bridgeport
84 Iranistan Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Department Head: Richard Wilfred Yelle, IDSA
Student Chapter Advisor: Richard Wilfred Yelle, IDSA

NASAD Accredited


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