Product Design

CCS Ranked #3 in Design by LinkedIn

The field of design extends far beyond styling. Its boundaries are wider and require a deeper understanding of complex problems, critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary approaches and knowledge of cultural and economic changes in the world. We're not as interested in designing a new chair as we are in proposing a better way of seating.

In the Product Design department our focus is on creative innovation.

You will learn from some of the world's most successful professionals who have designed products popular in the market worldwide. Rigorous classroom experiences and opportunity to work on "real-world" projects will help you develop valuable critical thinking/problem-solving skills as well as the ability to communicate your ideas verbally and visually using state-of-the-art tools, including 3-D modeling and rapid prototyping.

What Sets Us Apart?

Relationships with Industry
An average of 60 students per year intern at companies like Nike, Motorola, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Hasbro, Reebok, Adidas, GE Appliances and many more. With solid industry relationships, professionals are regularly in the classroom to work with students and recruit for potential career opportunities.

Human-Centered Approach
As designers, our students deal with real-world needs that challenge their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. The product designs focus on what consumers require, and reflect a multicultural/global perspective.

Leadership in Design
Students are not just taught how to use the software, but they are trained to conceptually push boundaries while keeping the business/entrepreneurial aspects in mind. Students graduate from CCS as design leaders in the industry and are sought after by many high-profile corporations.

2-D/3-D Visual Communications Skills
CCS is known for our students’ strong visual communication skills. In the Product Design field, sketching is a necessity, and our rigorous visual communication classes teach students to draw objects, surfaces and different materials with a focus on perspective. 

Representative Career Choices

Consumer Product Design
Exhibit Design
Furniture Design
Housewares Design
Office Product Design
Product Development Design
Shoe Design
Toy Design

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Previous Internships

4sight
Adidas
Altair
Atom Design
Beyond Design
Black & Decker
Bose Corporation
Cinco Design
Continuum
Converse
Deckers Coporation Teva
Design Central
Detny Shoes
Dow
Dow Corning Corporation

Ecco Design
Elberg Linden
Electrolux
Endo Ethicon Surgery
Faurecia Westworks
Fuseproject
General Electric
General Motors
George P. Johnson
Hasbro
Haworth
Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products
Illuminating Concepts
Kohler
Lands End

Little Tikes
LPK
Mattel Inc./Hot Wheels
Michelin North America
Mixer Group
Motorola
MRA
Multiject
New Balance
Nike
Origins Concrete Design
P’kolino LLC
Pewabic Pottery
Procter & Gamble
Product Development Technologies

Propane Design
Radio Flyer
Ram
Reebok
Sinister Bikes
SolidThinking
Solomon Sports
Sundberg Ferar
Tangent Design
Teams Design
Tennant Co.
TRW Automotive
Under Armour
Visteon Design Office
Wolverine Chaco Footwear

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