The School of Industrial Design's MFA program provides advanced study within focused fields of physical design. In addition to classroom and collaborative coursework, each student works toward producing a final thesis project.
MFA Industrial Design Unit Requirements
- Major 27 units
- Directed Study 18 units
- Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
- Electives* 6 units
TOTAL 63 units
*Per director approval
MFA Industrial Design Degree Requirements
- Successful completion of Final Thesis Project.
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- A minimum grade of C in all required 63 units.
MFA Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
MFA Thesis Project
- Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree.
- Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project.
- Explain the relevance of their project to their professional goals.
- Complete an approved body of work which represents an advanced level of achievement in their area of focus.
Research & Analysis
- Clearly define the problem/opportunity, hypothesis, main objectives, and product requirements in their project brief.
- Conduct adequate research and communicate findings using appropriate supporting materials.
Produce work that demonstrates proficiency in branding, graphics, drawing, rendering, 3D modeling, and model making.
- Explore materials, color, form, manufacturing, ergonomics/human factors, and sustainability.
- Incorporate understanding of costs, bill of materials, and specifications into design planning process.
- Use innovative processes and design methodologies to develop conceptually strong projects (including brainstorming, mapping, sketches, and synthesis/testing of many ideas).
- Explore secondary designs: packaging, engineering, user interface, and/or user experience.
- Give clear and concise professional presentations (verbal and visual).
- Accurately present their ideas in writing.
- Produce a professional portfolio of work demonstrating their skills to a potential employer.
- Organize a final, stand-alone gallery exhibit of their completed thesis project.
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All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation.
The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Architectural Design; Art Education; Communications & Media Technologies; Game Development; Game Programming; Graphic Design; Graphic Design & Digital Media; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture & Design; New Media & Web Design. For more information on approved STEM programs, how to apply, and more common questions about studying as an international student at the Academy of Art University, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.
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Last updated March 19, 2018