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New 2011 Design Rankings: UC Programs Excel in a National Class


A national survey of employers ranks UC design programs among the best in the nation. The new 2011 rankings: UC’s interior design program holds the nation’s No. 1 spot, and architecture is at No. 6. UC’s undergraduate industrial design program is at No. 2.

Date: 11/5/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Dottie Stover

UC ingot   The 2011 national report card on the nation’s design program is just out.

The annual survey by DesignIntelligence polls employers who have direct experience in hiring recent design graduates and asks a simple question: which college and university programs best prepare  students for the professional world.

The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is once again recognized for its premier programs in interior design, architecture and industrial design. The results:

  • No. 1 in the nation: UC’s undergraduate interior design program.
  • No. 2 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.

UC’s UNDERGRADUATE INTERIOR DESIGN PROGRAM, NO. 1 IN THE NATION

The university’s undergraduate interior design program has consistently held the top spot in the nation in the annual survey. (Over the past decade, UC’s interior design program has held the No. 1 spot for all but one year.)
Stacey Schield and co-op employers
A UC interior design student on co-op with her employers at Hixson Architects.



DesignIntelligence, a publication of the Design Futures Council, also surveys academic leaders, and these heads of interior design programs nationally selected UC’s programs as the most-admired of all undergraduate interior design programs. These peer institutions from across the country commended UC for its  

 
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’S UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PROGRAMS, NO. 2 AND NO. 5
UC’s undergraduate industrial design program was nationally ranked No. 2 overall in the latest DesignIntelligence survey. In survey subcategories, it ranked No. 1 in teaching sustainable design practices and principles, and it tied for No. 1 (with Art Center College of Design) for teaching computer applications.
ID student at work
Industrial design student Sorcha Sayers works with biomedical engineering student Sam Tidwell. They are experimenting with the design of an assistive device for the disabled. Local residents Sophia and Ellena Privitera helped with the project.



In the survey of academic leaders, those heading industrial design programs, the UC undergraduate industrial design program selected UC’s undergraduate ID program as most-admired of the nation’s programs, tied for that No. 1 designation with Art Center College of Design.  UC’s ID program was cited for its

  • Cooperative education program.
  • Dedicated faculty.
  • Well-prepared students.

UC’S ARCHITECTURE (GRADUATE PROGRAM), NO. 6 IN THE NATION

In the 2011 DesignIntelligence survey of employers, UC’s graduate architecture program is ranked at No. 6, tied with Cornell University.

Another survey, part of the overall DesignIntelligence report, asked architecture students for input on their education.  The survey results from UC undergraduate and graduate students found that

  • 96 percent believe they are well prepared for their professional careers.
  • 97 percent rate their UC architecture education as either excellent (62 percent) or above average (35 percent).