Azure Magazine, which profiles international designers and architects, reports on major trade fairs in North America and Europe and investigates design issues related to our changing society, has just named Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design as one of the best programs for Interaction Design and Industrial Design in North America.
For Interaction Design, Azure sited the Master's programs offered here at the School of Design saying it's "a forward-thinking North American offering that takes an immersive, research-based approach to the field within the context of services and social innovation."
"Based out of a brand-new, state-of-the art “design studio suite” (it houses students plus a distance-learning classroom, configurable collaborative space, a café and individual workstations), this respected program, offered through the university’s School of Design, awards two degrees in Design for Interactions. In the first-year studios, seminars and labs, students develop a healthy repertoire of skills and an intellectual footing in design, a springboard for an internship in the summer. (MPS students will have completed their degree at this point.) Designers who stay for the second year (the MDES stream) throw themselves into an advanced thesis project, underpinned by a required seminar plus specialized coursework. Partnerships with local communities, non-profits and the likes of Microsoft and Philips enhance learning, as does access a number of this top-ranked research university’s other departments (from computer science, public policy and business to the Human Computer Interaction Institute, Robotics Institute and Entertainment Technology Center."
For Industrial Design, Azure notes that Carnegie Mellon University is "a forward-thinking focus on the interactivity of design and its spheres boosted by individualized, challenge-driven learning paths for each student."
CMU’s School of Design recently refocused all of its design programs to look at the field through a “design for interaction” lens. The school sees design as the solution to common problems, and students are charged with setting the scope and timeline of a specific challenge they’d like to surmount. While the school does offer a product design stream, its strengths lie in graphic communications for print and digital. Additionally, School of Design students have access to the university’s top-flight computer science and business faculties, giving graduating designers a solid grounding in technology – hardware, software, interaction and systems – and the business acumen to succeed in the real world.