Product Design

We don’t just design objects, we design the future.

Product design isn’t just about products. It’s a way of thinking that enables designers to apply their knowledge and skills across a wide range of careers.

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At CCS, students acquire a deeper understanding of complex problems, critical-thinking skills, interdisciplinary approaches and cultural and economic changes in the world.  Whether it’s athletic gear, housewares, office products or furniture, students learn to think beyond trends and styling. Product designers design experience and, as a result, improve and expand whatever they touch. It’s not about designing a new chair; it’s about creating new ways of seating.

 
What Sets Us Apart?

Industry Connections
Students intern with industry leaders — from Nike, Motorola, Whirlpool and KitchenAid to Hasbro, Reebok, Adidas and GE Appliances — who regularly work with them in the classroom and recruit for potential career opportunities.

Leadership in Design
Trained to push conceptual boundaries while keeping in mind the business angle, students graduate as highly sought-after design leaders in various industries.

Real-World Design Challenges
Real-world challenges strengthen critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, so product designs focus on consumer needs, reflecting multicultural and global perspectives.

Career Choices

Appliances
Athletic Shoes & Sneakers
Consumer Electronics

Exhibit & Experience Design

Home and Office Furniture
Influencer
Medical Products
Research

Sports Gear
Toy Design
Trend Forecaster

Previous Internships

4sight
Adidas
Altair
Astro
Atom Design
B/A Aerospace
Beyond Design
Bissel
Black & Decker
Bose Corporation
Bould Design
Chamberlain
Cinco Design
Continuum
Converse
Czarnowski
Deckers Corporation Teva
Dell
Denso
Design Central
Detny Shoes
Dow
Dow Corning Corporation

Ecco Design
Elberg Linden
Electrolux
Endo Ethicon Surgery
Essential
Faurecia Westworks
Ford
Frog Design
Fuseproject
Garmin
General Electric
General Motors
George P. Johnson
Grohe
Hasbro
Haworth
Henry Ford Hospital
Husqvarna Consumer Outdoor Products
Illuminating Concepts
Imagination
Intel
Kohler

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

Radio Flyer
Ram
Reebok
Shinola
Sinister Bikes
SolidThinking
Solomon Sports
Steelcase
Streng Design
Sundberg Ferar
Tangent Design
Teams Design
Tennant Co.
Thinklabs
Tomy
Trek
TRW Automotive
Twisthink
Under Armour
Visteon Design Office
Warriors
Whirlpool
Wolverine Chaco Footwear
Worrel

Contact Us

Product Design Department
T. 313.664.1626
F. 313.664.1606

Department Chair
Vincenzo Iavicoli