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.
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
Office Product Design
Product Development Design
Gallery of Student Work
Annual exhibit helps jump-start the careers of many CCS students ...
Core77 features CCS student's growler design ...
CCS students help redesign the hospital gown ...
Veronika Scott featured by Crate and Barrel ...
Toyota Lecture Series presents CCS alumnus Jason Mayden ...
Black & Decker
Deckers Coporation Teva
Dow Corning Corporation
Endo Ethicon Surgery
George P. Johnson
Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products
Mattel Inc./Hot Wheels
Michelin North America
Origins Concrete Design
Procter & Gamble
Product Development Technologies
Visteon Design Office
Wolverine Chaco Footwear