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UC Is Top Ten Again in Nation’s Annual Design Rankings! 2010 Rankings Just Out


Rankings by national design employers (the people who do the hiring) are just out for 2010, and UC’s interior design program earned the No. 1 spot in the nation, while architecture and industrial design are, once again, in the nation’s Top Ten.

Date: 11/5/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   Over the past decade, the University of Cincinnati’s design programs – interior design, architecture and industrial design – have earned top spots in the nation’s report card for design programs, the DesignIntelligence annual poll of employers in the field.

The newest rankings for 2010, just out, are no exception. UC’s programs (housed within the university’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning) head a national class when it comes to preparing students for the professional world.

  • No. 1 in the nation: UC’s undergraduate interior design program
  • No. 4 in the nation: UC’s undergraduate industrial design program
  • No. 5 in the nation: UC’s graduate industrial design program
  • No. 6 in the nation: UC’s graduate architecture program
    Design Intelligence



The core of the rankings by DesignIntelligence, a publication of the Design Futures Council, is based upon leading design employers’ hiring experiences regarding the performance of recent architecture and design graduates.

For the 2010 rankings, leading firms are queried about which college and university programs have best prepared students for professional practice. In addition, the leaders of more than 150 design programs are also surveyed, and finally, almost 2,000 architecture students were surveyed about their satisfaction with design education.



UC INTERIOR DESIGN (UNDERGRADUATE) IS NO. 1 IN THE NATION
UC’s undergraduate interior design program earned the No. 1 spot in the nation. This is the tenth year that UC has garnered the No. 1 spot as the best undergraduate interior design program in the nation.

UC’s interior design program also took the No. 1 spots in each of the “skills assessment” subcategories tracked by DesignIntelligence. In each of the categories (communication, computer applications, design, and sustainable design), UC outclassed every other interior design program – including rivals like Cornell University and Pratt Institute.
Interior design students work under water
UC interior design and architecture students construct an underwater structure as part of a course focusing on design for extreme environments.



Leaders at other interior design programs cited UC’s strengths in terms of an integrated curriculum, outstanding faculty and highly respected cooperative education program.

Cooperative education, or co-op, is the practice wherein students alternate quarters or semesters in the classroom with quarters or semesters of professionally paid work related directly to students’ majors. UC is the global founder of co-op, having instituted the practice in 1906. UC’s design students are required to co-op, obtaining paid, professional positions around the world, and graduating with about 18 months of professional experience on their resumes.




UC INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PROGRAMS RANKED NO 4. (UNDERGRADUATE) AND NO. 5 (GRADUATE)

Within the industrial design subcategories listed as part of the 2010 DesignIntelligence special report, UC’s industrial design program is ranked No. 1 for teaching sustainable design practices and principles and is tied at No. 1 with Art Center College of Design in California for teaching computer applications.
hospital gown project
UC industrial design students recently helped develop an innovative series of improved hospital gowns for an industry partner.



Again, leaders at other design programs cited UC’s strengths in cooperative education, a focus on professional practice and the overall quality of design education.







UC ARCHITECTURE (GRADUATE PROGRAM) IS NO. 6 IN THE NATION

In the 2010 DesignIntelligence special report, UC’s graduate architecture program holds a top spot (No. 6) in the rankings, sharing a top spot with Harvard University and Yale University.
UC solar house
UC architecture students at work building a solar house on campus.



Along with Harvard, Yale, and Princeton University, UC is one of 13 programs listed in the special report’s “sampling of where some of the most prominent architecture and design firm leaders earned their degrees.”

In the student surveys, 99 percent of UC’s architecture students said they believe they will be prepared when it comes time to succeed in the work place.

 

TWO UC DESIGN FACULTY CHOSEN AS AMONG NATION’S TOP 25
Each year, DesignIntelligence also selects the nation’s top design educators and administrators who exemplify excellence in design education leadership. These first class educators are chosen with input from hundreds of design professionals, educational program leaders and students. In 2010, two UC faculty were selected as among the nation’s top 25:

  • Michaele Pride, associate professor in UC’s School of Architecture and Interior Design
  • Robert Probst, dean, UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning