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Master of Science in Industrial Design

The Master of Science Degree in Industrial Design is a two-year curriculum committed to design innovation, research, and commercialization. Forged by connections to the medical, energy, aerospace, and entertainment industries in the context of Houston and the State of Texas, our graduate program advocates for a new form of design knowledge that merges theory and practice and provides a new perspective on creativity, product and system development, services, and environment with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies.

 

Degree Plan: Personalized Program of Study

Each graduate student develops his/her personalized curriculum in consultation with the Director of the Industrial Design program based on the student’s needs, interests, background, and specific area of study. An interdisciplinary study plan of 36 credit hours (15 required, 9 ID electives, and 12 general electives) needs to be completed for graduation. Elective courses may be taken in other departments and colleges at the University of Houston as needed.

Candidates without an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design are advised to complete an additional 17 credits to develop fundamental design thinking and visualization skills. The Director of the Industrial Design program and the faculty will advise and approve appropriate courses including undergraduate Industrial Design studios.

 

Sample Degree Plan: MS in Industrial Design (Design Research and Development)

First Year

Fall

INDS 6350: Design Studies (3)

INDS 6360: Industrial Design Studio (3)

INDS ____: ID elective (3)*

INDS ____: ID elective(3)*

Spring

INDS 6355: Integrated Design Research (3)

INDS ____: ID elective (3)*

____: elective (3)

____: elective (3)

Second Year

Fall

INDS 7300: Design Thesis I (3)

____: elective (3)

Spring

INDS 7301: Design Thesis II (3)

____: elective (3)

 

*ID electives: Advanced Design Materials, Advanced Human Factors, 3D Visualization, Seminar, Special Topics.

 

 

Sample Degree Plan: MS in Industrial Design with Certificate of Entrepreneurship

First Year

Fall

INDS 6350: Design Studies (3)

INDS 6360: Industrial Design Studio (3)

INDS ____: ID elective (3)*

ENTR 7336: Entrepreneurship Overview (3)*

Spring

INDS 6355: Integrated Design Research (3)

INDS ____: ID elective (3)*

ENTR 7337: Entrepreneurship Capital and Legal Forms (3)*

Second Year

Fall

INDS 7500: Design Thesis I (3)

INDS ____: ID elective (3)*

ENTR 7381: Technology Commercialization (3)*

Spring

INDS 7501: Design Thesis II (3)

ENTR 7383: Technology Commercialization Projects (3)*

 

 

 

Student-Driven Activities

 

Design + Dialogue

Design + Dialogue is an annual forum organized by Industrial Design graduate students that seeks to expand the spectrum of design issues, disseminate ideas, and strengthen connections within the design community. Through a series of lectures, workshops, and discussions, Design + Dialogue aims to share knowledge, generate a new understanding of design issues, and engage the creative community in meaningful dialogue. For the last three years, the following speakers have been invited:

 

2016        Nov.16

                “Design for a Healthy Future”

                Dr. Eric S. Richardson, Global Medial Innovation program at Rice University

                Debora Mansfield, Director at Houston Technology Center

                Steve Stelzer, program director at Green Building Resource Center

 

2015        Dec. 9

                “Made in Houston”

                Dr. Michael Van Wie, materials specialist at NASA

                Luca Manfe, chef & owner, Lucky Fig

                Jonathan Blake, designer & owner, Jonathan Blake Atelier

 

2014        Dec. 10

                “User Error: a conversation about human-centered design”

                Jim Breaux, futurist

                Jim Duke, senior designer at IGLOO

                Joseph Burling, UH Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience program

 

 

Recent Student Publications and Exhibitions

Elizabeth Reuter (MS, 2016)

“Understanding emergency workers’ behavior and perspectives on design and safety in the workplace” Applied Ergonomics 59 (2017) 73-83.

 

Lauren Baker (MS, 2016)

“Hermedic: A graphic language designed to improve patient understanding by leveraging multi-model learning” 2016 ID+RED Exhibition, University of Houston

 

Amy Conley, Ashley Lincoln, Mark Williams (MS, 2017)

“Duo: A furniture system designed for a mobile, solar-powered electronic shipping container classroom” 2016 ID+RED Exhibition, University of Houston

 

International Study Abroad Program

Lauren Baker (MS, 2016) and Mark Williams (MS, 2017) participated in the “the Northeast Asia Inspiration: History, Culture, and Design” program and studied design inspirations in Seoul and Beijing for 33 days in 2015.