Student Life

Undergraduate Culture


The School of Industrial Design is unique on Georgia Tech's campus and so are its students. They stand out in a crowd of engineers for plenty of reasons. Here's just a few:

  • They're curious problem-solvers. They like a challenge and want to find unique ways of solving problems and showing off their skills.
  • They're perfectionists. They get so drawn into their projects and so hyper-focused that they're willing to spend an extra eight hours to make their work truly amazing.
  • They're a family. They see the same friends they made in Freshman studio class in every class they take for four years. It's harder to say the same as an engineering student, whose classes can sometimes include hundreds of students.
  • They're diverse. Industrial Design students love to brag about their 69% female, 31% male student body ratio. They also come from many ethnic backgrounds. They are extroverts and introverts and understand that most creative people are a mix of both.
  • They're nerds and they're not afraid to show it. They all have different design inspirations and support each other's tenancy to geek out. Whether it's being really into tinkering, or being good at CAD work or getting your bliss on doing 3D printing and metal work, Industrial Design students accept each other.

Studio Culture

Studio culture is the defining aspect of any Industrial Design major's life. This is what it's like.

Awards & Competitions

Industrial Design students love to creatively solve problems -- and they never shy away from a competition!

Student organizations


Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

IDSA represents the largest and oldest member-driven industrial design organization in America, serving both students and professionals. On the local scale, IDSA GT caters directly to students, providing both an integral link to the professional society, and a fun, social outlet amounts students through valuable event and programs like portfolio workshops, sketch-nights, and alumni networking.

We’re a small, casual organization that’s focused on good friends, representing GT, and landing jobs. We’re open to everyone, ID or not, so feel free to get involved and spread the word.

Interaction Design Association (IxDA)

IxDA Georgia Tech is a chapter of the Interaction Design Association, a global network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design: the practice of designing the integration of digital content into people’s lives and while it has a definite interest in form, its main focus is on behavior. Everyone’s welcome, whether you're a designer, engineer, programmer, or just a student; we can all learn something from each other.

IxDA is a novel kind of "un-organization" in that there is no cost for membership. IxDA relies on its passionate members to help serve the needs of the international Interaction Design community. With more than 15,000 members and over 80 local groups around the world, the IxDA network actively focuses on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter their level of experience.

IxDA was founded in 2003 and incorporated as a not-for-profit in late 2005. IxDA provides many opportunities to get involved with the interaction design community both locally and internationally. Learn more about how you can participate at IxDA.org.

 

Graduate Culture


Graduate students in Industrial Design are often from disparate backgrounds, but find a common passion for creative problem solving and empathy.

Their classes feature in-class networking, through instructors who are well established leaders in their fields, lecture series featuring visiting scholars and practitioners, as well as research and exhibition opportunities keep graduate students connected and engaged with the design industry.

Their studios, on the other hand, look like a detective's lab. Students pin pictures of existing products and concepts to the walls, drawn together in a crisscross of yarn, sticky notes, mind maps and other inspirations. It's a mesmerizing experience that may only make sense to the designer who put it together, but graduate students find calm and humor in the chaos.

Graduate students also take leadership roles in Georgia Tech's chapter of Industrial Designers Society of America, organizing professional development programs and acting as a liaison to faculty and administration.