The M.A. in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion has existed since 1994, and is the only academic track in Israel that qualifies its graduates with an M.Sc.
The location of the track in industrial design in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, on the Technion Campus, affects its special character and provides it with a unique and exclusive academic and professional environment.
Today, industrial design has become a multidisciplinary profession in which designers take an active part in all stages of product development, from concept to research to production and marketing. For this purpose, the designers, engineers and managers are required to have academic skills in the technological, design, administrative, economic, social and research areas offered to them in the Technion curriculum.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the need for “social design” – design for the needs of the public, for special populations such as the elderly, the sick and the disabled, with an emphasis on sustainability and interdisciplinary academic knowledge (social sciences, life sciences, psychology, architecture and environmental science).
Goals of the Industrial Design track at the Technion
- Training a generation of professional designers with academic knowledge that will help raise the level of design in Israel.
- Training a generation of managers and stakeholders in the various areas of the industry, who will acquire the tools of design, project management, research methods, team work and a theoretical-academic background relating to man-environment-product.
- Training a generation of engineers to gain an awareness of design as a tool for innovation and as an integral part of multidisciplinary work.
- Building an active research infrastructure that will leave its mark on industrial design activity in Israel and around the world.
- Promoting active participation in research and professional-technical activities – initiating integrated projects while maintaining a dialogue with the various faculties at the Technion.
Students in the Industrial Design Track
The interdisciplinary nature of the Industrial Design track and its uniqueness are dictated by the rich academic background of the students and its location at the Technion campus.
Students studying for a Master’s degree in Industrial Design have a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial or other Design (graduates of universities or colleges), Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities, while as part of their studies, they learn how to work in close cooperation and to spread onto a variety of areas of knowledge.
To this day; approx. 100 students have completed their Master’s degree in Industrial Design.
Students who are accepted into the program must take certain complementary courses, in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School and participate in tutoring sessions of the Acceptance Committee, based on their academic and professional background.
Structure of studies in the Industrial Design track
Studies in the Industrial Design track are currently conducted in two common tracks:
M.Sc. – Master of Science in Industrial Design – Research track, with research thesis, thesis project or final paper.
MID – Master of Industrial Design – Track without a thesis for designers, engineers, architects, management and industry people, who do not wish to specialize in research, but want to deepen their professional and academic knowledge and enrich the professional level of industrial design in Israel and broaden the exchange of knowledge between academia and industry.
In the 2010-2011 academic year, another M.A. program was opened, with no thesis (MID), with an emphasis on medical and social design, in the framework of external studies in Tel Aviv.
Students in both tracks are required to take 46 credits in addition to credits for complementary studies.
Areas of thesis and research topics
The research topics, theses and projects of students in the Industrial Design track are derived from the research areas of the lecturers in the track, in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning and other faculties at the Technion. Accordingly, a considerable part of the work in the track is conducted through tutoring delivered by faculty members from the various faculties at the Technion. The list of theses can be found on the library’s website, at http://arclib.technion.ac.il /.
Admission requirements to the program
Anyone with a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher education may apply.
Candidates with a three-year bachelor’s degree may apply and be accepted as students taking complementary courses.
In addition to the regular technical acceptance requirements for graduate studies at the Technion and those determined by the Graduate School, the students are required to take part in an acceptance interview by the admissions committee to assess their skills, orientation, motivation and chances of success. In addition to high academic achievements, applicants are required to demonstrate professional qualifications in one of the following forms: a portfolio, research reports, a description of relevant work experience and letters of recommendation from academic source and / or workplaces.