The Master’s Program in Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning is the only academic program in Israel for master in Industrial Design with thesis (M.Sc. degree) . To date, approximately 100 students have graduated from the program.
Because of its location in the Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning and in the Technion, the Industrial Design Program offers the students a broad range of academic and professional opportunities. The proximity to the Faculties of Industrial Engineering and Management, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Food Engineering, Computer Sciences and others, as well as the hi-tech industries and research institutions operating within the Technion, Haifa and its surroundings, all provide a uniquely rich environment for teaching and theoretical and applied research.
Over the years, Israeli industry has come to appreciate the importance of industrial design for the success of its products. It has also become clear that proper design first requires appropriate research. Industrial design has been transformed, in our time, into a multidisciplinary profession, where the designers play an active role in every stage of product development – from initial concept, through to production and marketing.
As technology becomes ever more advanced, manufacturing projects have also become increasingly complex. Carrying them out requires the cooperation of professionals in a variety of disciplines, who need to be fluent in the languages of the different fields and familiar with multidisciplinary academic knowledge (Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Psychology, Architecture and Environmental Sciences).
Goals of the Program
The Master’s Program in Industrial Design offers a uniquely multidisciplinary approach, based on the Technion’s extensive array of engineering technologies, life sciences, architecture and environmental sciences.
Its main goals are:
- Training professional designers with academic knowledge that will raise the level of design in the country
- Training engineers who will consider design as a tool for innovation and imagination and as an integrated part of their multidisciplinary work.
- Training managers and senior position holders in the industry, with tools for design, project management, research techniques, team work and a theoretical-academic background in man-machine – environment.
- Build an active research infrastructure that will lead the concept of Evidence-Based Design and will leave its imprint on the professional and academic activities in the country.
- Take an active role in research and scientific activities at the Technion – initiating joint projects, while maintaining a dialogue, with all researchers in other programs in the Faculty and in different Faculties in the campus.
Students in the Industrial Design Program
The multidisciplinary character of the program is directly related to its location in the Technion and the academic background of its students.
The students in the Industrial Design Master’s program may possess a first degree in industrial design or in other design fields, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, life sciences, social science or humanities.
The students that are accepted to our program are required to meet certain prerequisites, as stated by the graduate school admissions committee guidelines, and as determined by their previous academic and professional backgrounds.
Nearly 100 students have already graduated our Industrial Design Master’s Program and in 2010-11 we have about 60 active students in the program.
The study program
:Studies in the Industrial Design program are divided into two joint tracks
Master of Science in Industrial Design – M.Sc: A research track which requires a research thesis, thesis project or a final project.
Master of Industrial Design – MID: A track without thesis requirement, intended for designers, engineers, architects, and industry and management professionals who prefer not to specialize in research but wish to further pursue their academic training in order to improve their abilities in industrial design and to increase the connection between the academy and industry.
In the year 2010 we opened a new program for Master of Industrial Design (MID) with focus on Medical and Social Design (“design for all”) under the Division of Continuing Education and External Studies of the Technion in Tel Aviv.
The students in all tracks are required to complete 46 credit points, not including the supplementary points.
Areas of Theses and Research Topics
The research topics for the students’ theses and projects in the Industrial Design program reflect the fields of expertise of the faculty members at program, at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning and at other Faculties in the Technion. Accordingly, a major part of the theses are under a collaborative supervision of faculty members from two different faculties in the Technion. The list of theses can be found on the library website under http://arclib.technion.ac.il/
Admission to the industrial design Program
Admission criteria are set according to the guidelines of the School of Graduate studies and they are publicly available and published in the Technion’s Catalogue and on the school’s web site, both Hebrew and English: www.graduate.technion.ac.il
Every holder of a four year degree from a recognized institute of higher education may apply to the Industrial Design Master program at the Technion. Candidates who have a three-year degree may apply and will be admitted with requirements for additional supplementary courses.
In addition to the standard Technion admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies, applicants to the Industrial Design Program must complete an interview by an admission committee, in order to assess the applicant’s talents, orientation, motivation and the chances of success in conducting research work. Beyond the high academic achievements a candidates must show in their undergraduate work, provide a description of relevant work experience and a letter of recommendation from an academic and/or work source.