Freshman

Course Selection

  • Take INDD 1120- Industrial Design in Modern Society
  • The summer after your freshmen year, you will need to complete the First Year Summer Design Studio by enrolling in INDD 1310, INDD 1320, and INDD 1420.
  • The top 45 students who complete the Summer Design Studio will be admitted into the industrial Design program the fall semester immediately following admittance.

Ask for Assistance

  • Introduce yourself to your academic advisor and meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester through your tenure at Auburn.
  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI Sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.

Gain Experience

Get Involved

  • Follow CADC Career Services on social media, Instagram at au_cadccareerservices, and Facebook at CADC Career Services.
  • Explore AUInvolve for the various Leadership Programs, Student Organizations, and Service Programs that will enhance your experience at Auburn University.
  • Explore the Auburn University Honors College to elevate your academic time at the university.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • If selected from the Summer Design Studio, you will begin the professional program in the Fall.
  • You can find the Industrial Design curriculum model here.

Ask for Assistance

  • Talk with your professors and academic advisor about study abroad options and enrolling in a minor.
  • Set an appointment with your Career Services Specialist to discuss your internship search, résumé, and portfolio.
  • Speak with faculty members about best practices in documenting and saving all design work to use for work samples and your portfolio.

Gain Experience

  • Look for design positions on-campus to gain valuable paid experience while in school.
  • Attend the various career fairs across campus to engage with employers about the opportunities available to industrial design majors.

Get Involved

  • Join the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) student chapter at Auburn and begin to network and socialize with students in your field.
  • Attend the annual Design Interaction event to hear current designers speak about their experiences in the industry and meet other students in the School of Industrial and Graphic Design.

Junior

Course Selection

  • You will have the opportunity to select one of three studio options each semester your Junior and Senior years. Take into consideration your career interest and skill development when selecting these studios.

Ask for Assistance

  • Speak with your professors and academic advisor about the different studios offered each semester that could enhance and diversify your résumé.
  • Meet with your career services specialist for guidance on updating your résumé and portfolio with work from your Junior year to prepare for internship applications.
  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in industrial design and reach out to inquire about shadowing and summer internship opportunities.

Gain Experience

  • Seek an internship using the CADC Job Board, Handshake, faculty members and meeting with your career services specialist. (Hyperlink CADC Job Board with this link: https://cadc.auburn.edu/cadc/our-people/cadc-career-services/jobs/ AND Hyperlink Handshake as well)
  • Register for the Summer Chair Design Workshop or other design workshops offered by the Auburn Student IDSA Chapter and SIGD.
  • Ask professors about undergraduate research opportunities and attend on campus seminars given by design professionals.

Get Involved

  • Look for opportunities to engage in leadership positions with organizations in which you belong.
  • Consider applying to be a CADC Ambassador by reaching out to the CADC Administrator of Student Recruitment.

Senior

Course Selection

  • If you have chosen to complete a minor in addition to your Industrial Design major, you will need to complete those classes in this year.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your academic advisor to complete a graduation check your first semester of senior year.

Gain Experience

  • Attend career fairs, design interaction, and other opportunities to engage with employers and to identify full-time opportunities.
  • Login to the CADC Job Board and Handshake to explore full-time job postings and fellowship opportunities.

Get Involved

  • Attend the International Design Confrence, Southern Design Summit, or engage with smaller regional workshops and meetings to develop industry connections.
  • Reach out to younger cohorts of industrial design majors to provide guidance and mentorship.

General Information

This program is ranked in the top ten nationally and is known for product innovations, point of purchase design, marketing design, commercial environments and branding. Industry sponsored collaborations and international experience are core strength of this nine semester program. There is a $2,160 Professional Fee.

Compare to Assessment Results

Career assessments area great way to learn more about who you are in order to find a career and/or major that will be a good fit.

To learn more about assessments or find out how to get started, start here.

Interests

Holland's Code: AER

  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENFP
  • ENTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Achievement
  • Independence
  • Recognition

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Complex Problem Solving

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

tjw0024@auburn.edu

Make an Appointment

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Last modified: September 29, 2021