This program will launch in fall 2021, pending final approval.

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
Design History
Product Design Studio

Third Year
Human Factors
Design Research
Design History
Product Design Studio
Prototyping + Fabrication I

Fourth Year
Prototyping + Fabrication III
Entrepreneurship for Product Designers
Capstone Studio I
Presentation + Portfolio
Capstone Studio II

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