Do you like taking your ideas and making them real? Do you notice the way things are made and think of how to improve them? Industrial designers combine the creative art of design with the
basics of manufacturing and engineering to create, develop and improve everything from toys to cars to high end electronics.

What would I do as an Industrial Designer?

Industrial designers are behind every product. Take a cell phone as an example. An industrial designer decides the size and shape of the phone and helps select the materials used. Designers make decisions about whether it will be a flip phone or a slider and the shape, size and positions of the buttons. The designer is also be a bridge between the engineers who decide the components the marketing staff who decide its features. The designer is involved from beginning to end.

What do I need to become an Industrial Designer?

  • an interest in art
  • a good understanding of mathematics
  • a good understanding of the physical sciences

Industrial Design Degrees

  • most jobs require a bachelor’s of science or bachelor’s of art degree
  • many designers go on to complete a master’s degree

What kind of classes would I take to become an Industrial Designer?

  • basic classes in language and social studies are required by most industrial design colleges
  • classes in sketching, design and computer-assisted design
  • courses covering materials and processes used in industry and some basic engineering courses
  • business courses
  • sometimes internships

How long does this take and what does it cost?

A bachelor’s degree takes 4 years to obtain and 1-2 years to obtain a master’s degree. Where you attend school affects tuition costs. Private schools are usually more expensive than state-funded schools. Living expenses depend on your lifestyle. With that in mind, your annual costs will run between $15,000 and $25,000. Most industrial design schools will assist you in finding financial aid resources such as grants and scholarships.

How do I find a job?

The industrial design school may arrange for an unpaid or paid internship with a company as part of its program and these internships can turn into jobs after graduation. Internships offer experience and opportunities to network. Schools also host job fairs and have placement centers to assist in finding a job.

What do I do now?

If you you’d like to be an industrial designer, you need to arm yourself with information. If you’re still in secondary school, you need to know what courses will benefit you most. If you’re ready to start at an industrial designer school, you need to start contacting schools to find out what their programs offer.