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METU Department of Industrial Design

The industrial design courses that were started at METU Department of Architecture in 1969 by the American industrial designer David K. Munro are the first courses on industrial design offered in Turkey. Established as a separate unit in 1979, METU Department of Industrial Design became the first Turkish member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) in 1981. Currently the Department offers an extensive portfolio of undergraduate and graduate programs: A four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Industrial Design (B.ID.), an interdisciplinary Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program in Industrial Design, a joint international M.Sc. Program in Design Research for Interaction with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and a Ph.D. program in Industrial Design.

A leading provider of undergraduate industrial design education and a pioneer in its field, METU Department of Industrial Design attracts students with the most competitive profile in Turkey. The Department features an educational approach which encourages critical and reflective thinking. Design studios, where student projects are conducted in collaboration with local, national and international partners from diverse sectors, and the open jury system are the core elements of our education. The Graduation Projects Exhibitions, staged every year since 2002, has exhibited student projects advised by around one hundred different participating firms. In recent years, the Department has also taken significant steps towards integrating design considerations for sustainability into its educational approach. We are committed to empower our graduates to become creative, visionary, socially and environmentally aware members of the local and global professional design community.

The aim of the graduate programs at METU Industrial Design is the generation and dissemination of designerly knowledge, tools, techniques and methods based on design research. Our graduate programs have contributed to the training of design researchers who have had significant impact on academia and industry in Turkey and abroad. Since 2003, the METU/BILTIR UTEST Product Usability Unit has been supporting industry-funded research projects carried out by graduate students of the Department. The Design Research for Interaction joint program with TU Delft has provided opportunities for international academic exchange and research collaboration, with graduates becoming specialists in research and design for user-product interaction. In addition to pursuing research projects funded by the industry or the government, our graduate students integrate the educational environment of the design studios into their research practice with the purpose of developing tools, techniques and methods for improving industrial design education and practice.

The Department has international student and staff exchange agreements with design schools across the world, including Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA. We are active participants in local design events, competitions, fairs and exhibitions as well as international design events, research symposia and design networks, having regularly hosted international workshops with partner schools from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel and the Netherlands. Our graduates contribute to the design of products and systems with local and global impact, and fulfil academic leadership positions at industrial design departments across Turkey. METU is recognized globally as one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Turkey; our department has been ranked among top design institutions in Red Dot Design Rankings and among Europe’s Top 100 Architecture and Design Schools by the Domus Magazine.

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