PRODUCT DESIGN

Product designers use their skills as artists and problem solvers to make objects beautiful, meaningful and functional.

a sketch of a robotic hand

Caleb Gess

a design of a rolling remote control vehicle

Alexis Dimaguila, Jason Wang

Product designers (also known as Industrial Designers) create and invent consumer products and experiences that enhance and touch everyone’s life – from the shoes on your feet, to medical devices that save lives and everything in between.

In the CCS Product Design program at CCS, students learn to become trendsetters and expand the limits of style and form. They acquire the skills it takes to solve complex problems by using critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary approaches that give them the power to change the world.

Product Design is a STEM-designated program. New international students completing this program will qualify to apply for the STEM OPT (optional practical training) Extension.

Careers

Trained to push conceptual boundaries while keeping in mind people and the environment, students graduate as highly sought-after design leaders in various industries.

Students intern and are employed with industry leaders like Nike,  Ford, Henry Ford Hospital,  Ralph Lauren, Otterbox, Target, LEGO, Black & Decker, Pininfarina, NVIDIA, Whirlpool, Shinola, Apple, Hasbro, and Adidas. Designers and representatives from these companies regularly visit campus, work with students in the classroom and recruit for potential career opportunities.

CAREER CHOICES

Appliance Designer
Color & Materials Designer
Consumer Electronics Designer
Exhibit Designer
Footwear Designer
Furniture Designer
Independent Design Consultant
Industrial Designer
Product Designer
Toy Designer
User Experience Designer
User Interface Designer

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Design Engineer
Exhibit Designer
Footwear Designer
Furniture Designer
Independent Design Consultant
Industrial Designer
Influencer
Market Researcher
Medical Equipment Designer
Motorcycle Designer
Product Designer
Recreation Equipment Designer
Recreational Vehicle Designer
Research
Shoe Designer
Sneaker Designer
Toy Designer
Trend Forecaster
User Experience Designer
User Interface Designer
Virtual Reality Designer
Watercraft Designer

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

Featured Alumni

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Brian Jablonski

Senior Director/Director NERF
Hasbro

'11

Linda Jiang

Senior Industrial Designer
Google

'86

Scott Mallwitz

Executive Creative Director
Walt Disney Imagineering

'11

Jon Russell

Senior Industrial Designer
Trek Bicycle Corporation

'16

Alexandra Sakalian

Product Planning Manager
Samsung Electronics America

'07

Cheresse Thornhill

Design Director
Adidas School for Experiential Education in Design

'10

Greg Verras

Design Director - Watches
Shinola

'03

Christopher Torres

VP Footwear Design
Ralph Lauren

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