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Design Innovates Across Industries

Design Innovates Across Industries

Our programs are recognized as Human-Centered Technology Design STEM degrees.

Industrial Design at Georgia Tech represents an optimistic vision of the future, transforming challenges into prospects for innovation. It serves as a nexus, connecting innovation, technology, research, commerce, and customer needs, thereby creating new value and competitive edge in diverse spheres including economy, society, and environment.

Our approach is human-centered. Our industrial designers are trained to deeply understand and empathize with user needs, adopting a practical, user-centric methodology to design not just products, but comprehensive systems, services, and experiences. Their role is crucial in the innovation process, acting as strategic partners who effectively bridge various professional disciplines and business goals.

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Undergraduate Academics

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (BSID)

Our undergraduate curriculum is built around a series of eight studios – one each semester throughout the four years of the program. The ID studios focus on a sequential learning path that progressively builds in project complexity while integrating key components of the design process -- research, concept explorations, design development, prototyping, and user testing.

Flexibility and Choice

Our ID curriculum has been restructured to provide students with the flexibility to tailor their individual course selections to meet specific personal career goals and objectives. Industrial design is growing and maturing as a discipline, providing a growing range of career options for our graduates:

  • Our Product Development and Innovation track applies advanced design and manufacturing methods to develop innovative new concepts for a broad range of product design applications. We focus on parametric modeling, 3D scanning, advanced materials, and digital manufacturing.
  • Our Health and Well-Being track focuses on a proactive approach to the application of design research, universal design, and product and service design to create new innovations in wellness and health-related products and ecosystems.
  • Our Interactive Product Design track leverages advances in body scanning, sensor-based technologies, and soft goods design to explore opportunities to design and develop "smart" products and next-generation wearables.
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Graduate Academics

Master of Industrial Design (MID)

The multidisciplinary nature of design thinking and design research, combined with students with unique academic and professional experiences create an educationally-rich space of interdisciplinary minds within the MID program. The curriculum specializes in fortifying the designer’s role in humanizing connections between people and technology, with a focus on the areas of interaction design, healthcare design, service design, product design, and user-experience research.


Research, Design, Tech Focus

Both programs capitalize on Georgia Tech’s rich traditions in technology and research. They also focus on a user-centered design process and evidence-based design practice that offers students unique opportunities to explore the design of new and existing technologies.

Faculty members, who are practicing designers and experts in their fields, maintain active research programs in tangible products within communication technologies, enabling environments, supportive product systems, rehabilitation technologies, and health care systems technologies.

Each program offers an interdisciplinary course of study with early emphasis on understanding the design process and developing project-based design skills. Those design projects stress realistic design situations. Students have the opportunity to be involved in sponsored and/or funded projects. Students are encouraged to expand individual disciplinary talents and respond to changing opportunities in the field.

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Troy Whyte

Troy Whyte

Undergradute Academic Advisor

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Tamika Blanks

Graduate Academic Advisor

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