The Industrial and Interaction Design Program (IID) prepares students to embrace the complex challenges of creating innovative products, systems, and services in the 21st-century. Students develop skills and learn to address contemporary problems through creative and critical thinking guided by leading scholars and design practitioners.

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Studio courses introduce students to diverse areas of practice within industrial and interaction design today. Through project-based learning (PBL), students experience industry-standard tools, processes, and methods. They explore emerging technologies and apply best practices to create design solutions that respond to the needs of people and planet.

Students enhance their IID studies with a range of elective studio and academic courses, and minors from across the university. In Spring of their 4th year, IID students may apply to live and study in London or Florence with SU Abroad. Through Syracuse University’s LaunchPad, IID students gain entrepreneurial skills and partner with students in other disciplines to develop, pitch, and launch their own seed-funded startup companies.

The program culminates in a year-long independent thesis project and exhibition. Students emerge from the program ready to address contemporary global concerns and assume product design, user experience design, design research, and product development roles at world-leading enterprises and consultancies.

Examples of jobs recent graduates have moved into include

  • product design for accessories, sporting goods, home appliances, and manufacturing tools
  • user experience design for mobile applications, online retail services, semi-autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft, and medical equipment
  • user research for financial services, healthcare, and education

IID alumni are currently making an impact on design teams at companies like Ford, Amazon, Reebok, Google, IBM Design, Fjord/Accenture, IDEO, Frog Design, and Continuum Innovation.

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Below are the general program requirements for the B.I.D. degree in industrial and interaction design.

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Major requirements: 78 credits
Art history requirements: 12 credits
Academic requirements: 6 credits
Academic electives: 21 credits
Studio electives: 24 credits
Free electives: 9 credits
Total Credits: 150