Only a handful of universities in the United States have a master of design degree in industrial design. One of them is UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. DAAP’s master of design is a post-professional terminal degree. The graduate program accepts only students with undergraduate and professional backgrounds in digital, fashion, graphic and industrial design who are interested in research, preparation for teaching or advanced professional development in preparation for comprehensive and interdisciplinary design practice.
One graduate, Mary Beth Privitera, exudes interdisciplinary design and collaboration. Privitera teaches in the College of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Department (BME).
Innovations in surgical devices mean less invasive procedures. “My job — and what I teach my students to do — is to identify what surgeons’ or physicians’ needs are and then design it,” says Privitera. So how does one prepare to become an instructor of innovation? Privitera received both her bachelor of science and master of design degrees in industrial design from DAAP. She has worked in the medical design industry for over 20 years, and has participated in the development of dozens of product releases. Read more here!