We are home to Louisiana's only degree-granting industrial design program in Louisiana. So what does that mean?
It means that UL Lafayette is the only university in the state where you will learn how to generate concepts and products that optimize the purpose, significance, and form of products for consumers and producers. Industrial design is a unique field that emphasizes practical concern for design restrictions while creating products that cater to human characteristics, requirements, and interests.
The four-year professional degree in industrial design encourages collaborative and experiential learning with diverse disciplines, and we work to create a hands-on learning environment that is conducive to creative exploration. We emphasize a broad understanding and sensitivity to environmental and social concerns, while working to help you develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. We want you to advance in industrial design with the knowledge that user needs, universal design, sustainability, human-centered design, and ergonomics all play an integral role in industrial design.
We will work with you to advance industrial design knowledge, cultivate aesthetic sensibilities, and improve the material conditions and the needs of people and their environments. You'll become proficient in drawing, visual communication, graphic layout, form development and physical model making. In addition, we're always seeking out new methodologies to incorporate technology into the curriculum, such as advanced computer modeling, photorealistic rendering, rapid prototyping, and CNC milling. We want you to be well prepared for the professional design world and have the ability and passion to make a positive contribution to the betterment of humankind through teaching, research, practice, and service.