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University of Minnesota

Product Design

is an interdisciplinary, hands on, community of practice.

Program Information

Product Design, sometimes referred to as industrial design, is an inherently creative and interdisciplinary field of study that provides methods and tools for inventing our future in the form of innovative objects, systems, and services. Successful product designers are skilled at uncovering needs of others, generating creative ideas, rapidly visualizing ideas with free-hand sketches and computer models, building physical and digital prototypes to test concepts, and creatively and clearly presenting ideas.

At the University of Minnesota, product design (PDes) classes are hands-on and team-based. Classes are a blend of lecture and studio where students immediately apply their learning to test ideas and develop prototypes using the College of Design fabrication resources. The program is a "community of practice", meaning former students and industry representatives are actively involved in the classroom, working directly with the students on projects. Industry collaboration and sponsorship provides real-world learning opportunities and portfolio building.

The Product Design program is housed in Rapson Hall on the East Bank Campus.

Admissions Info

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Barry Kudrowitz,
Director of Graduate Studies for the
Product Design Graduate Minor


Barry Kudrowitz,
Assistant Professor and
Program Director


Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Services
12 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
107 Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
P: 612-624-1717 | E:

General Information
P: 612-626-9068 | E:

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