In the last five years, more than 77% of MCAD graduates have found work in the areas they majored in.

This is no accident—MCAD’s product design curriculum gets students focused on their careers early and enables them to successfully transition from student to professional.

Product designers use their strong understanding of relationships between art, science, and technology as well as processes of ideation, development, and evaluation to create new three-dimensional products. A career in product design is an opportunity to make a real impact, as innovative products have the power to radically alter everything from the way we carry out simple daily tasks to the healthcare, renewable energy, tech, and other industries. The process of nurturing a design, from an early concept to a commercially viable solution for mass manufacturing also provides a sense of job satisfaction. Plus, studies show that there is a growing need for product designers, both as entrepreneurs and at regional and national companies.

 

Potential Careers

Product Design Engineer / Industrial Designer

Combine your knowledge of design, engineering, and manufacturing processes to create novel, functional products. Conduct tests in order to determine whether products meet necessary requirements and document the results.

Design Consultant

Share your expertise with others by suggesting ways to ensure new product designs integrate form and function.

Materials Researcher

Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass.

Furniture Designer

Create furniture for everything from mass production to custom or "art furniture." Custom furniture is often designed and produced for individual residences, museums, specialty stores, and other businesses that have specific needs.

Lighting Designer

Design specialized lighting for everything from the theater, to retailers, to homes.

Entrepreneur

Use your design and business skills to start your own product line or business.