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ECU Named as one of the Top Industrial Design Schools in North America by Azure Magazine

Jesse Mah

By Roxanne Toronto | filed in Emily Carr Stories

Posted on January 16, 2017 | Updated June 10, 2019, 11:07AM

"When it comes to shaping the next generation of innovators and thinkers in design, these are the top industrial design schools in North America."

'When it comes to shaping the next generation of innovators and thinkers in design, these are the top industrial design schools in North America.

The catch-all discipline of industrial design now embraces a multitude of creative streams beyond mere lighting and furniture, with students working on everything from crafting violins out of spider silk to developing the world-saving technologies of tomorrow.

To determine which schools best prepare these students to turn their concepts into careers, we looked at dozens of programs and asked experts in the field to tell us what they look for when recruiting.'

Austin Macdonald, Azure Magazine

Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia
Programs: Bachelor of Design, Master of Design 
Tuition: BDes: $5,000 domestic, $15,000 international; Mdes: $17,000  
Enrolment: 2,000 (60 in school of design)
Notable Alumni: Jeannie Mah (ceramicist), Ron Thom (architect)

Emily Carr established its industrial design program in the 1980s; though still relatively new, it is considered among Canada’s best, with Germany’s Red Dot Institute ranking Emily Carr among their top design universities worldwide last year. Offering excellent training at the edges of the discipline, and especially in sustainable design, ECUAD’s instruction ultimately asks, “What does 21st-century industrial design need in order to regain ecological integrity?” This renegotiation is led by the school’s social innovation lab, which strives to dramatically reduce resource and energy consumption. Yet despite this emphasis on context-driven research, the school maintains that beauty is still necessary for this new tack. The university also boasts great fabrication facilities, including a 3D printing studio and a dedicated health design lab. 

Read the full Azure Magazine article here.