Industrial Design Certificate Programs in Seattle, WA

Oct 20, 2021

Seattle School with Industrial Design Degree Programs

While the Seattle area does not have any schools that offer industrial design certificate programs specifically, the University of Washington-Seattle Campus does offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in industrial design. The school is about five miles from downtown Seattle. There is a table of information that provides pertinent information about the university, such as enrollment, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate.

School Information

Here are some important statistics about this school. Prospective students can use this table as they consider whether to enroll.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus
School Type Four-year; public
Total Enrollment (2019) 47,576*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $11,465 in-state; $38,166 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019) 57%*
Acceptance Rate (2019) 52%*
Retention Rate (Fall 2018 to Fall 2019) 95% of full-time students; 82% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2013) 84%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

The University of Washington offers undergraduate and graduate training in industrial design through its School of Art, which features traditional coursework, collaborations with local museums and galleries, study abroad opportunities and internships.

Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design

This program takes a comprehensive approach to designing products. Training focuses on aesthetics, industrial manufacturing constraints, functionality and use patterns. Students are motivated to troubleshoot for design problems and apply their training to devising solutions. Courses cover all aspects of the design process, such as model-making, prototyping, production, refining and testing. Course topics include design drawing, color composition, design history, drawing, computer-aided design and interaction design.

Master of Design

This two-year program is comprised of advanced studio coursework, seminars and independent research. Although course topics in this program are drawn from the undergraduate program in industrial design, master's degree students go beyond the undergraduate level. During the last year of their studies, students are required to submit a master's thesis. Students also attend cross-disciplinary seminars, which combine students from industrial design as well as interaction design and visual communication design. A three-year program that includes foundational courses is sometimes made available to promising design students who have a bachelor's degree in another area.

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