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2012 Design Rankings: Four UC Programs in Nation’s Top Tier


The 2012 national report card on U.S. design programs is just out. That national survey of employers ranked four UC programs in the top ten among industrial design, interior design and architecture categories.

Date: 11/2/2011 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   A national survey of employers ranks University of Cincinnati design programs among the best in the nation.

The annual survey by DesignIntelligence polls employers who have direct experience in hiring recent design graduates and asks a simple question: In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?

UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is – for the 13th year straight – once again recognized for its programs in industrial design, interior design and architecture. The 2012 DAAP rankings are
  • No. 1 in the nation: UC’s undergraduate industrial design program. (Tied with Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.)
  • No. 2 in the nation: UC’s graduate industrial design program. (Tied with Art Center College of Design and the Rochester Institute of Technology.)
  • No. 3 in the nation: UC’s undergraduate interior design program. (Tied with four other programs, including Pratt Institute in New York City.)
  • No. 10 in the nation: UC’s graduate architecture program.
    UC industrial design student at work
    A UC industrial design student at work in studio.


In addition to surveying employers, DesignIntelligence also separately surveys academic leaders, including deans and department heads in design-oriented schools to provide input.

  • Peer programs most admired UC’s industrial design program for its cooperative education opportunities, relations with industry and practical training.
  • Peer programs most admired UC’s interior design program for its cooperative education opportunities, dedicated studio space and competent graduates.

Finally, DesignIntelligence also named the 25 most-admired educators of 2012. Among those placed on this short list is Craig Vogel, DAAP professor and associate dean.