University of Cincinnati


The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a public research university with an enrollment of almost 46,000 students and has been named "Among the top tier of the Best National Universities," according to U.S. News & World Report. Today, more than 300,000 living alumni count themselves as Bearcats — united not just by their loyalty to our nationally known sports teams, but by their common love of the place, the people and the ideas that make up the University of Cincinnati.

Every two years, BusinessWeek magazine ranks the international elite of design programs, the top 30 design schools on the planet. UC routinely makes that world-class list.

I.D. (International Design) magazine, listed UC among the globe's Top 10 design schools, and the only public institution to make that list.




Industrial design is concerned with the appearance and usefulness of manufactured goods. Industrial designers work on a wide array of products, from cars to shoes to medical equipment to toys. Product design involves the synthesis of a variety of diverse requirements and values into a coherent creation. Among such requirements and values are functional suitability, aesthetics, technical performance, economic resources and constraints, social and cultural issues, environmental concerns and human comfort.

In UC's industrial design program, students learn to emphasize the humanistic qualities of products of mass production with special consideration for comfort, safety and visual satisfaction which they may bring to the users. In a curriculum balanced between academic and studio requirements, students are able to develop creativity, visual communication skills, hands-on experience with technology, and the ability to conduct design research in interdisciplinary collaboration. The program promotes critical thinking and innovative solutions for the future through strategic research with an emphasis and understanding of global impact, sustainability and collaborative partnerships. Industrial design students apply the highest standards of conceptual sophistication, aesthetics and craftsmanship at every level of study.

In the third year, students choose to focus on product design or transportation design





Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Design
  • Fashion and Product Strategy
  • Communication Design
  • Print, Motion, and Interaction Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Product and Transportation Design
  • Master of Design

(NASAD Accredited: Yes)


University of Cincinnati 
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
School of Design
342 Clifton Court
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
Student Chapter Advisor: Peter Chamberlain, IDSA


Student Designs

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