School of Design
School of Design

The practice of design is a responsibility and a privilege. It is an independent pursuit that precipitates collective action. Design advances the interplay between the exalted and the everyday, and stimulates an interchange between diverse disciplines. Serving as both unifying force and catalyst for change, the designer plays a pivotal role in the advocacy of ideas.

UIC Design offers study in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. Areas of collaborative study include the UIC Interdisciplinary Product Development program, which teams design students with students in the College of Business and the College of Engineering. Senior level professional practice courses offer additional opportunities to engage in projects with industry and government.

Graphic Design can be described as the process of visually communicating ideas and information through the use of signs, symbols, and images. The graphic design curriculum prepares students for professional careers in a variety of disciplines that constitute contemporary practice. Through structured practical and theoretical exercises, the program seeks to develop in its students a broad visual vocabulary and wide range of analytical, organizational, and technical skills that encompass the entire scope of visual communications. The program utilizes contemporary technology in print and digital media to expose students to a wide range of design possibilities.

Industrial Design emphasizes the development of concepts and prototypes for a range of product design applications. Curriculum focuses on design process and research and materials and methods for a wide range of design applications that focus on improving people's lives. Students experience a unique learning opportunity that takes advantage of the University's interdisciplinary programs in a dynamic urban center. Ties to Chicago area industry allow for experience with collaborative and practical research and development. Collaborating area organizations include: Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Copco, Design for Democracy, Rehco, Motorola, and Whirpool.

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