Established in 1979, the department is one of the leading industrial design departments, and attracts students with the most competitive profile in Turkey. The department pursues a design education philosophy stressing the integration of innovative and critical thinking with technical ability and technological awareness.
It offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Industrial Design and an interdisciplinary Master of Science Program in Industrial Design. The newly developed PhD program commenced in fall 2004.
Currently 154 undergraduate and 45 graduate students are enrolled at the department. The department gives importance to developing strong ties with local firms and the professional community as a part of its educational strategy; and has collaborated with many small and medium sized firms, as well as leading firms in various sectors such as automotive, furniture, electronics, ceramics sanitary ware and white goods. The department also puts emphasis on international relations and has organized workshops with partner schools from Germany, Greece and Israel; it has international student exchange
programs with design schools in Germany, Italy, Australia and USA. Student and staff exchange through the Erasmus Program started in fall 2004.The graduates of the department have made important contributions to the profession's institutional development in Turkey, and the department has graduated professionals who have gone on to attain international reputations.
For more information: http://id.metu.edu.tr