Northern Michigan University ranks 25th on the list of the “Top 50 Best Value Industrial and Product Design Programs of 2017” compiled by Value Colleges. The independent online guide ranked regionally accredited institutions based on three data points: reputation according to U.S. News & World Report’s overall score; prospective salary; and non-resident tuition rates.
According to the Value Colleges website, modern design is highly human-centered. It is focused on usability, attractiveness and distinctiveness. To meet the unique requirements of industrial and product design, colleges and universities have had to work hard to develop cutting-edge, interdisciplinary programs that draw on every aspect of the process, from imagination to manufacturing. Degree sources range from art and design schools to business marketing programs to engineering schools.
“NMU is a major force in bringing professional and technical education to the [Upper Peninsula],” wrote Value Colleges. “That includes premier programs in technology and engineering, as well as other job-market ready degrees suited to Michigan’s industry and business. Such programs include NMU’s BFA from the School of Art & Design, which includes potential specializations like human-centered design and furniture design. These majors are perfect entry points into industrial design and product design, giving students an education in practical, hands-on skills as well as planning, development and execution.”
To see the full rankings, visit http://www.valuecolleges.com/rankings/undergraduate-industrial-design/.