The Industrial Design Program
The Industrial Design Program at Appalachian State University is comprised of 185 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®.
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 have gone on to work at numerous corporations and design consultancies. Some of which are listed below:
- GE Appliances, A Haier Company
- Bernhardt Design
- Touchstone 3D
- Dorel Juvenile
- Chrome Hearts
- Hugh's Handsbuilt
- Joe Gibbs Racing
- Everlast Worldwide
- Cree Inc.
- Westfield Outdoors
- Hunter Fan Company
- ECR Software
- Newell Rubbermaid - Irwin Tools
- Milwaukee Electronic Tool Corp.
- Techtronic Industries
- Lowe's Home Improvement
- TOMY Toys
- Mesa Home Products
- Bubba Brands Inc.
Appalachian State University senior Ryan Decker, an industrial design major from Hendersonville, has won a Pinnacle Award, the furniture design...
Appalachian State was recognized at #18 in the list for 2017.
Design was always something junior Emma Wingerd was interested in, but it wasn’t until visiting Appalachian did she know that industrial des