What to Expect in a Studio Class
There's a difference between studio classes and other classes at Georgia Tech that consist of lectures and exams. You can cram for an exam, but studio classes are based on projects that require continual development, constant focus, constant review and an onslaught of real-world problems.
Studio classes are the foundation of the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design curriculum. Studios are available 24 hours a day, as is workshop and the adjacent Interactive Product Design Laboratory. Our studios are equipped with sufficient power sources, technology and reconfigurable furniture to allow for long, productive hours of collaboration and rapid prototyping.
A signature feature of our studio classes is interdisciplinary culture: Our Industrial Design program is outward looking, developing critical ties to other programs on campus. We invite other groups at Georgia Tech into our studios to participate in the design process. That's why industry values our program so much: Most professional-level work is executed in a team environment, where problem-solving depends on collaboration.
The College's Design Shop
Industrial Design studio classes teach the prototyping process as part of a user-centered design philosophy. While students can learn the fundamentals of prototyping through cardboard cutouts, popsicle sticks and paper clips, the Industrial Design classes require more sophisticated models. The College of Design Shop, located on the ground floor of the Architecture East building, provides Industrial Design and Architecture students with the machinery and space necessary for building accurate and rapid prototypes. The facility affords these students capabilities in: