RIT’s Industrial Design Program Named Top Five in the U.S.
Nov 26, 2011
by Kevin Fuller
Rochester Institute of Technology’s industrial design program is being recognized as a top-five design program by design publication DesignIntelligence.
As part of the 13th edition of DesignIntelligence’s publication of America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012, RIT’s industrial design graduate program was ranked second on the list and the undergraduate program was ranked third.
“We are honored that designers in the industry chose us as a top-five program,” says Patti Lachance, administrative chair of the School of Design at RIT. “This really cements the fact that RIT students are contributing to the industrial design industry.”
According to the report: “These programs are graduating students who are able to tackle complex and difficult work, create and share knowledge and invent new design solutions in their fields. Strong faculties are creating academic environments that foster and incubate expertise in both transactional and strategic design thinking.”
RIT President Bill Destler adds, “The program in many ways is a microcosm of the RIT way in that it blends the best of technology and the arts.”
DesignIntelligence is the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly journal on the future of the industry, delivering original research, commentary and instructive best practices.
Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 17,500 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.
For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges as well as its Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 names RIT as a “Best Buy,” and The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT among the “Great Colleges to Work For 2011.”