This program will launch in fall 2021, pending accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Product Design at University of the Arts teaches you to create objects, services and systems that solve problems and improve lives. We offer a number of unique curriculum tracks that allow an unprecedented amount of freedom to shape and focus your design education in the way you imagine. Equipped with human-centered problem-solving techniques, Product Design students learn to untangle and solve the issues of our time. 

Courses in our program examine a range of contemporary topics, including emerging manufacturing methods, virtual prototyping, sustainability, entrepreneurial best practices and design ethics. The products you’ll create in these classes will help you explore your curiosities and ask deep questions about the changing world around you.

An interdisciplinary mindset is central to our work. Our product designers learn to work with students in other majors to amplify their projects: You might partner with interaction designers to develop internet-enabled devices or collaborate with graphic designers to brand your market-ready products. By taking classes outside your major, you’ll have access to experts in related fields, as well as facilities and resources that refine your vision, including UArts’ Center for Immersive Media, Greenfield Makerspace, and Corzo Center, the last of which supports the entrepreneurial spirit through grants and consultation.  

You’ll graduate from UArts’ Product Design program transformed and ready for a professional career in product design, or to set out on your own and start a meaningful business that acts as a force for good: positively affecting customers, community and the planet we share. 

First Year
Drawing as Seeing
Design Process, Theory, and Communication
Digital Design Lab
Drawing as Thinking
Design Studio

Second Year
Human Factors
Design Research
Elements of Product Design
Prototyping & Fabrication I  
Design History 

Third Year
Prototyping and Fabrication II
Emerging Materials
Design for Sustainability & Ethics
Product Service Systems
Design for Social Innovation
Contemporary Issues
Business & Preparation for Creative Practice

Fourth Year
Prototyping + Fabrication III
Entrepreneurship & The Object
Senior Thesis I
Senior Thesis II
Presentation & Portfolio 
Professional Practice: Internship  

Phil Holcombe
Phil Holcombe

Product Design (BFA)
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Virginia Gehshan

Product Design (BFA)
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Anthony Guido

Product Design (BFA)
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Justin Bernard

Product Design (MDes)
Andrew Dahlgren
Andrew Dahlgren

Product Design (BFA)

Meet our Alumni

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Chris Santone

BS '15

Product Design (BFA)
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Becca Danna

BS '11

Product Design (BFA)
Lorenzo Buffa
Lorenzo Buffa

BFA '12

Product Design (BFA)
Jaime Salm
Jaime Salm

BFA '01

Product Design (BFA)

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