Industrial Design

The Industrial Design Program

The Industrial Design Program at Appalachian State University is comprised of 175 majors and 7 full time faculty. Students can choose from two areas of concentration; Product Design or Furniture Design. Both concentrations focus on design inquiry, creative problem-solving, user research, social and environmental concerns, and manufacturing requirements. Through industry collaborations and studio projects, students are challenged to develop a comprehensive knowledge base allowing them to compete professionally. Student work has been recognized and shown at; Greener Gadgets finalists, Dwell® on Design, Designboom® Mart participants in Copenhagen, High Point Furniture Market, ICFF and won the national Creative Juice Completion sponsored by Google®.

Facilities

The program is housed in a 12,000 square foot facility within the Department of Applied Design and is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The program facilities are comprised of dedicated studio space, computer labs and material exploration facilities supporting a woodworking lab, metal fabrication lab, plastic working area, ceramics lab, welding facility, spray booth, CNC lab and rapid prototyping equipment.

Alumni

Alumni have gone on to work at numerous corporations and design consultancies. Some of which are listed below:

  • GoPro
  • Touchstone 3D
  • Dorel Juvenile
  • Chrome Hearts
  • Hugh's Handsbuilt 
  • Toshiba
  • Joe Gibbs Racing
  • Kikkerland
  • Nike
  • Pensole
  • Bernhardt Design
  • LIAT (Jasper Library Furniture)
  • Intel
  • Skookum Digital Works
  • Cree Inc.
  • Westfield Outdoors
  • Hunter Fan Company
  • WestRock
  • ECR Software
  • Newell Rubbermaid - Irwin Tools
  • Milwaukee Electronic Tool Corp.
  • Techtronic Industries
  • Lowe's Home Improvement
  • Enventy's
  • TOMY Toys
  • Mesa Home Products
  • Bubba Brands Inc.

News

Rider Evens in Germany as a Finalist in the Adidas Design Academy

Industrial design student secures prestigious Adidas Design Academy apprenticeship Jun 14, 2016

BOONE—Rider Evans, a 2016 graduate of Appalachian State University, competed against more than 2,000 students and recent graduates to become

Industrial Design student's blog, Dikore, on the rise [The Appalachian] May 3, 2016

An industrial design student at Appalachian State University has made her own furniture design blog with the help and support from her professors...

Reebok Designer mentors students in Applied Design capstone course Apr 25, 2016

Fourteen lucky students are currently prototyping designs for Reebok Futures during the spring capstone course.

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