FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS

What do industrial designers do?
Where do the students live while studying at the ICC?
Why Columbus?
How expensive is housing near the studio?
On main campus, students are required to attend chapel daily. What happens at the ICC?
What is the ICC’s placement of students in industry?
Do prospective students need to have in-depth art experience?
Do students miss being on main campus?
Where is the ICC located?
How does financial aid, tuition and other administrative processes work?
I like to play sports. What opportunities do I have while studying Industrial and Innovative Design?
Do I need special hardware or software for the program?
Are there websites that prospective students can visit to learn more?

What do industrial designers do?

Briefly stated: just about anything that applies to creating new, three-dimensional spaces or things. In the areas of consumer product design, this description was sourced from the U.S. Department of Labor: “Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers focus on the user experience in creating style and function for a particular gadget or appliance.”

Broadly applied, industrial designers also image and design new architectural spaces, both interior and exterior for businesses, public spaces, healthcare, schools and universities, hotels and hospitality and residential homes. They also can apply their skills to creating landscapes, both real and imaginary, in the form of video gaming and the movie industry. Industrial designers typically do the following:

  • Consult with clients to determine requirement for designs.
  • Research who will use a particular product, and the various ways it might be used.
  • Sketch out ideas or create renderings, which are images on paper or on a computer that provide a better visual of design ideas
  • Use computer software to develop virtual models of different designs.
  • Create physical prototypes of their designs.
  • Examine materials and production costs to determine manufacturing requirements.
  • Work with other specialists such as mechanical engineers or manufacturers to to evaluate whether their design concepts will fill a need at a reasonable cost
  • Evaluate safety, appearance, and function to determine if a design is practical.
  • Present design and demonstrate prototypes to clients for approval

Where do the students live while studying at the ICC?

Students rent homes or apartments during their junior and senior years at the ICC. The studio is located in a north, residential suburb of Columbus, and has almost 2,000 individual apartment units within a five-mile radius of the studio! Further, it is very competitive so prices are reasonable.

Why Columbus?

Columbus is home to some of the top industrial design firms in the country, and is a vibrant area for the arts, sports, and culture. Being in the community gives us ready access to professionals, and their facilities, and allows for relationship building and networking for the program and our students. Further, the major-specific ICC campus provides a focused and professional atmosphere for students to start preparing for, and making the transition into a work setting.

How expensive is housing near the studio?

By and large, Columbus is a very affordable place to live, especially compared to either coast or larger metropolitan areas of the US. Typically, and depending on the number of roommates, students spend around $300 per month to share a two bedroom townhouse with three other roommates. Obviously if a student desires their own private room, or additional amenities, the price might be more. The ICC maintains a list of complexes in the area and can help with “local knowledge” when students are choosing their housing.

On main campus, students are required to attend chapel daily. What happens at the ICC?

Chapel is a unique experience for Cedarville students, and they will be attending daily chapel during their Freshman and Sophomore years. The ICC can’t replicate that experience, but we have created a program that is developed and maintained by our own Spiritual Life Development Director that is aimed at students developing their own personal faith, and developing a vision of how to put that faith into action in the community and their future workplace. Students assemble weekly for a chapel time, are in mixed groups for small group studies, are required to get involved in a local church, and are also presented with numerous Christian activities and ministries in central Ohio, including the Campus Crusade for Christ chapter at Ohio State. While here, it is time for them to “own” their faith!

What is the ICC’s placement of students in industry?

In a word, excellent! On several measures, we are currently above university averages. Our graduates are interning, apprenticing, working or have worked at Merecedes-Benz Design Studios, Bose, Reebok, Honda Research and Development, Worthington Industries, Pro-Type Industries, Studio Moya Design, LaineGabriel Design, Priority Design, Sterilite Corporation, Innocom, Integrated Packaging Machinery, and more.

Do prospective students need to have in-depth art experience?

No. Industrial designers do use rapid sketch rendering, drawing and other “fine art” style visual tools to communicate their design vision, but they also use many other tools including scale models, software, in-depth user research, business modeling, etc. While students with fine art experience are usually more comfortable with the media, our process emphasizes form and function, just as much as aesthetic. But it is helpful to “commit to your sketches” early by sketching in pen!

Do students miss being on main campus?

Some do, but we have designed the program so that they have open time each Friday to return to main campus to visit friends, attend chapels or meetings, attend to any campus business with advisors, and stay connected if they choose. But we often hear that students believe that they are more intensely focused on learning design in this environment, and by being in central Ohio, we have a greater connection to design firms and industry. In many ways, our program is very similar to “practicals” that nurses may engage in at a teaching hospital off campus, or a robust student teaching experience where students begin to transition into their real world experience.

Where is the ICC located?

The ICC is nearly 9,000 square feet of studio space on a professional “creativity campus” in the north suburb of Columbus, called Powell. The facility is a former barn that was built in 1929, and over the years has been home to engineering and industrial design firms that have created some of the most recognizable products in the world. Today, we share the 6 acres with start-up companies, consulting firms and design firms, which creates a professional atmosphere. Further, the rural setting is nestled into a small creek valley, surrounded by woods, and provides a perfect backdrop for creativity thinking!

Our address is:
1266 A Manning Parkway
Powell, OH 43065 USA

Directions:

Manning Parkway is approximately one mile north of I-270 (the Columbus outerbelt), off of State Route 315. Our lot is the second curb cut on Manning after turning off of 315. Our entrance is marked by flags in the center of the main building.

How does financial aid, tuition and other administrative processes work?

Students are enrolled at Cedarville just the same as all other students, and administratively, everything is the same, except students are studying in our design studio instead of main campus.

I like to play sports. What opportunities do I have while studying Industrial and Innovative Design?

During your first two years on main campus, nothing is different than any other student athletic experience, whether on scholarship, through clubs, recreational or intramural. While at the ICC in Columbus, you’ll be close to some excellent biking and jogging paths, recreational leagues for soccer, hockey, golf, and more, multiple ice rinks, and numerous private and community recreational centers.

Do I need special hardware or software for the program?

No. The ICC maintains a digital rendering lab, high-resolution color output printer, a 3D printer, and access to many of the current software suites used by industry. While many students do bring their own personal laptops, tablets and other devices, they are not necessary.

Are there websites that prospective students can visit to learn more?

Yes. This list is far from comprehensive, but it will provide some of the current work that is being done in the field of industrial design:

http://www.coroflot.com
http://www.behance.net
http://www.sketch-a-day.com
http://www.yankodesign.com
http://productdesignhub.com
http://www.idsa.org
www.facebook.com/centerforcreativity
www.iccreativity.com
www.cedarville.edu/industrialdesign