The Industrial Design Program
The Industrial Design Program at Appalachian State University is comprised of 200 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
- Charleston Forge
- Hugh's Handsbuilt
- Studio TK
- Joe Gibbs Racing
- Everlast Worldwide
- Davis Furniture
- Westfield Outdoors
- Hunter Fan Company
- TTi Floorcare
- Newell Rubbermaid - Irwin Tools
- Milwaukee Electronic Tool Corp.
- Techtronic Industries
- Lowe's Home Improvement
- TOMY Toys
- Percy Gray
- Bubba Brands Inc.
Furniture Design Students Win International Woodworking Fair’s Student Competition Sep 16, 2022
Furniture design students in the Department of Applied Design won first place in two categories at the...
Product Design students compete in Kikkerland Design Challenge Dec 10, 2020
Story by Laura Kellner (Kikkerland Design)
Samantha Fonseca Named ISFD Scholarship Recipient Oct 5, 2020
The International Society of Furniture Designers has awarded Samantha Fonseca, an Industrial Design student at Appalachian State University, its...