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National Rankings Place UC Design Programs at No. 1, 2 and 10


The nation’s design employers have ranked three UC programs – industrial design, interior design and architecture – in the nation’s top tier.

Date: 11/15/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Ashley Kempher and Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   Three programs housed in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) have – once again – pulled rank in the annual DesignIntelligence survey of employers.
Design students at work
UC industrial design students at work in studio.



In the 2013 survey rankings, the nation’s design employers placed UC programs at
  • No 1 in the nation: UC’s undergraduate industrial design program. (Tied with Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.) This is the second year in a row that UC’s industrial design program has been ranked best in the nation.
  • No. 2 in the nation: UC’s undergraduate interior design program. (In a second subsurvey of interior design deans and department heads, UC’s interior design program was ranked No. 1 as the “most admired undergraduate interior design program.”
  • No. 10 in the nation: UC’s graduate architecture program. Surveys and interviews that were part of the 2013 DesignIntelligence report cied UC architecture as strong in “cutting-edge design.”
This is the 14th year that DesignIntelligence has polled employers who have direct experience in hiring recent design graduates and asked 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
UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, designed by internationally renowned architect Peter Eisenman.



UC has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top tier design programs in every year of the survey.