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.
IND 610: Industrial Design Processes
IND 612: Industrial Design Drawing 1: Perspective
IND 621: Model Making
GLA 632: The Science of Design: Ethnographic Methods
GLA 672: Professional Practices & Communication for Industrial Designers
IND 630: Design Project 1
IND 651: Materials and Processes
IND 662: Design Drawing 2
IND 680: Design Project 2
IND 712: Design Drawing 3
IND 780: Thesis Preparation
IND 725: Introduction to Digital 3D Modeling
IND 762: Industrial Design Drawing 4
IND 773: Digital Solid Modeling
IND 810: Research
IND 800: Directed Study
IND 830: Design
GLA 627: The Global Design Studio: Past, Present, & Future
IND 800: Directed Study
IND 850: Implementation
Graduate Liberal Arts
MFA Industrial Design Degree Requirements
Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
A minimum grade of C in all required 63 units
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and the following Academic Study requirements:
1 Art Historical Awareness & Aesthetic course
1 Cross-Cultural Understanding course
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 that 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 an understanding of costs, bill of materials, and specifications into the 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
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.