This concentration trains students to design art objects of a utilitarian nature. Aesthetic principles are applied in the design and production of functional pieces.
In September, 2001 the Escuela de Artes Plásticas submitted an amendment to its permit for the consideration of the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Learning with a view to offering a sixth concentration, Industrial Design, in the bachelor’s degree program.
Industrial Design, as part of a career in the arts, is based on the fact that well-designed products are of cultural significance, of real value to the user, and convey personal identity. The department offers a specialization in Furniture Design.
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Program graduates will demonstrate a
- Professional practices of industrial designers, the importance of preserving the intention of the design, the aesthetics and form of the design and its cultural idiom, as well as the impact of digital technology in the creation of prototypes.
- Apply design techniques, from the conceptualization up to the fabrication of the product and be able to integrate the ergonomic analysis, the cultural elements and human factor in his/her creative work.
- To command the presentation techniques and convert visual concepts into final drawings, including complex perspective techniques in his creative work.
- Generate innovative designs with a vision of the time, space, and place in which they will be used, and develop high quality digital, virtual, and real models.
- Create functional, viable, cost-effective designs which are aesthetically attractive, integrating form, function, and style.
- Master techniques of furniture design and the use of wood, ceramics, metal, and plastic in furniture production.
- Have a knowledge of the technique and handling of precision machinery as well the design of easy to assemble products.