Product Design

Product Design at Appalachian State is methodologically focused on creative problem solving and contextual research. Students are challenged to create significant innovation within their area of interest by first studying the situation, the user, the history, the market, the sustainability, and related issues, in order to form a comprehensive understanding before they start to create solutions.

The Industrial Design program has evolved and grown immensely at Appalachian State University over the past eight years by delivering great designers to industry. Alumni have gone on to work at world renowned design firms, corporations, and independent business ventures.

Our curriculum is extremely “hands-on” where students create physical models of the products they design. In addition to intensive studios, students take courses in design foundations, 2D and 3D CAD, and materials and processes, ensuring they are prepared to be productive members of industry teams.

Product Design Concentration Program of Study

Students who complete this program usually pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Electronics
  • Housewares
  • Transportation
  • Medical
  • Exhibit
  • Sporting Goods
  • Recreation
  • Toys
  • Freelance