School of Industrial Design

At industrial design schools like Academy of Art University, you don’t learn what’s going to happen tomorrow—you create it. Seated at the intersection of culture, technology, and business, industrial design enhances and enriches human life by translating future visions into short-term tangibles.

From research and ideation to problem-solving and development, industrial design is more than just self-expression; it is the evolution of both function and aesthetics in everyday life.

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Industrial Design Degrees

Our competitive cross-discipline classes sponsored by industry giants will provide you real-world scenarios and feedback from which to learn. Our new Associate of Arts in Automotive Restoration program is one of a select number of such programs in the United States that can prepare you for a creatively rewarding career in a niche market of the industry.

Industry Collaborations

The Academy’s Industrial Design students not only get to live their dreams of creating their own car design, they also get the privilege of showing top industry companies the added value they can bring to the table as upcoming designers. Check out their experiences collaborating with car manufacturing giants, Jaguar, Volvo, and GM on exciting designs for the future.

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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Combining Business, Art, and Science

We teach students to design with empathy for their user, use logic to make solutions, and have the appropriate aesthetic for the brand and user.

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Design the cars, toys, and products of the future. If you're fascinated by the creative and intellectual challenges facing the physical design industry, join us in creating the future.

Facilities & Technology

The latest in software and equipment is essential to preparing you to enter the industrial design work force, which is why we keep up with current advancements in technology and industry practices. Whatever the pros are doing and whatever the pros are using is what you will find in our classrooms and studios.


We believe that the best teachers are actual working creatives. That is why our faculty is comprised of nationally recognized art and design experts who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry trends. They will challenge you to reach your personal creative potential.

Student Work

Many of our students have become lead designers at companies from Nike to General Motors Design to Samsung. Check out their work and see why.

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Careers in Industrial Design

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University industrial design graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in the industry.


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