Industrial Design

You’re a Da Vinci with the vision and ability to solve complex problems creatively.

You’ll come to CCAD with creative talent, natural curiosity and an inclination for action. Through collaborations with peers, faculty and real-world clients such as General Motors and Airstream, you’ll leave our Industrial Design program a motivated and visionary design leader. Working on projects focused on complex issues in the global marketplace, you’ll analyze, define and conceptualize realistic solutions. Here at CCAD, you’ll find that you can improve the world by reimagining and executing the designs of everything from boats, bicycles and cars to water bottles, subway systems and shoes.


CCAD’s state-of-the-art facilities include the Tad Jeffrey FabLab (with multiple 3D printers) and a fabrication shop where budding industrial designers bring their creations to life. You'll have access to:

  • The Tad Jeffrey FabLab, which includes CNC machining equipment, laser cutters and multiple 3D printers
  • A fabrication shop, so you can construct models in wood, plastic, foam and metal

Student and alumni works

  • Capstone, Recycling; Industrial Design; Ty Bustamante; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Senior Capstone Project: Children's Recycling Bin
    Industrial Design
  • Senior Capstone Project: Drywall Carrier
    Industrial Design
  • Gustav Table Desk, Industrial Design, Alice Smejkalova, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Gustav Table Design
    Industrial Design
  • Airstream, Interior and Industrial Design Collaborative, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Airstream Trailer Redesign
    Industrial Design
  • Product Design for Mattel, Industrial Design, Gordon Downey, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Product Design for Mattel
    Industrial Design
  • Priority Designs, Industrial Design, Mark Mnich, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Product Design for Priority Designs
    Industrial Design
  • Design for Rocky Boots, Industrial Design, Andrew Burleigh, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Boot Design for Rocky Boots
    Industrial Design
  • Fantastic 4 vehicle designs
    Industrial Design
  • Product Design for Michael Graves Design Group
    Industrial Design
  • Product Design for Michael Graves Design Group
    Industrial Design
  • Zen Sink
    Industrial Design
  • Freddy Krueger figure
    Industrial Design


CCAD’s problem-solving approach to industrial design prepares grads for complex issues in the global marketplace. Their education allows them to take on a host of different positions across industries. As natural problem-solvers, industrial designers find themselves in all facets of today’s marketplace.

Commercial equipment designer
Consumer electronics designer
Furniture designer
Garment designer
Housewares designer
Industrial tool designer
Interaction designer
Medical device designer
Personal products designer
Retail display designer
Shoe designer
Sports equipment designer
Toy designer
Trade exhibit designer
User experience designer
User interface designer
Vehicle designer


Our grads generate interest from employers across the board, from major brands in manufacturing and consumer goods to interactive design firms. Some employers who have benefited from their skills are: 

  • Airstream
  • Axiom
  • BISSELL Homecare
  • Design Central
  • Electrolux
  • Evo Design
  • Fisher Price
  • GE
  • Hasbro
  • Laboratory
  • Lextant
  • LPK
  • MetLife
  • Motorola
  • Priority
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Rocky Brands
  • Rubbermaid
  • Target
  • Texas Instruments
  • Whirlpool

Credit hours

Program Requirements 42
CORE Studio Requirements 36
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42

Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Greg Thune, Chair of Industrial Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Chair of Industrial Design
  • Assistant Professor
Associate Professor David Burghy, Industrial Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
  • Academic Advisor for Industrial Design
  • Professor
Assistant Professor Delano Ellis, Industrial Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor

Notable alumni

Gordon Downey is a designer and illustrator for Big Monster Toys, a toy and game design firm. He invents, designs and builds toy concepts for manufacture for clients such as Fisher-Price, Playskool, Spin Master, Playmates Toys, JAKKS Pacific and many others.

Gordon Downey
Industrial Design

Michael Young is an Industrial Designer at Zukun Plan, an industrial design and mechanical engineering studio whose work ranges from consumer goods to automobile design. Young’s clients at Zukun Plan include Dirt Devil, Bike2O and Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). He previously designed for Priority Design and Mind On, a digital marketing agency, and his 2015 design of Drakan Spyder bodywork was featured in, Jay Leno’s Garage and Motormagazine.

Michael Young
Industrial Design

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