Results are just in from the annual survey of the nation’s architecture, design and engineering employers (as well as deans and chairs of design programs) by DesignIntelligence magazine.
|Interior design student Stacey Schield at work.|
That same survey ranked UC’s graduate architecture program as number two in the country. With its number-two architecture ranking, UC was listed just behind Harvard University but ahead of every other program in the nation. This is the second year in a row that UC’s graduate architecture program has held the nation’s number-two ranking.
Also, the university’s undergraduate industrial design program was ranked as number two in the nation. Again, this is the second year in a row that the program held that designation, beating out rivals like the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute and others. In the survey’s regional rankings, the UC industrial design program was ranked first in the Midwest.
|First-year architecture student Molly California with Dennis Mann, professor of architecture.|
As part of its in-depth annual report, DesignIntelligence asks employers and deans to rank the nation’s design programs according to their ability to teach certain skills. Not surprisingly, UC’s interior design program was routinely ranked number one for teaching innovation in design, quality of graphic presentation, cross-disciplinary experience, computer applications, presentation skills, and professional practice (cooperative education).
The qualities most admired in regard to the interior design program, according to deans and chairs of other design program, includes UC’s strong technology base, the close relationship at the university between interior design and architecture, and the program’s active connections to the profession in the form of its excellent cooperative education system.
UC’s leading position in professional practice (cooperative education) is a natural since the university is the global birthplace of cooperative education, having founded the practice in 1906. UC’s co-op program – which requires students to alternate academic quarters with quarters of paid, professional experience around the world – is ranked among the top ten by U.S. News & World Report.
Via co-op, the university’s architecture, interior design and industrial design students regularly work in design firms nationally and internationally – throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Asia and Latin America – and graduate with about 18 months of practical experience.
|Industrial design student Amy Johannigman at work.|
A complete report of more than 100 pages is available from DesignIntelligence. The full report includes salary data for entry-level and more advanced architects and designers, accounts from recent graduates regarding internships, and student demographics.
Below are partials listings of DesignIntelligence’s 2007 findings
Undergraduate Interior Design Programs
Graduate Architecture Programs
Undergraduate Industrial Design Program