Top Universities for Design Education: Business Week
Looking for the top design schools in the country or the world? Here is the list of top design programs according to Business week:
Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona)
Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA)
Babson College (Babson Park, Mass)
Bainbridge College Institute (Bainbridge Island, Washington)
California College of the Arts (San Fransisco, CA)
Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Central St. Martins College of Art & Design (London, England)
Cleveland Institute of Art
College for Creative Students (Detroit, Michigan)
Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering
Delft University of Technology (Delft)
Domus Academy (Milan)
ESDI Brazil (Rio De Janeiro)
George Brown College (Ontario Canada)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
Design Academy of Eindhoven
University of Illinois (Chicago, Il)
University of Michigan (integrated product development program) (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management)
UC Berkeley (Hass Business School)
UCLA Design and Media Arts (LA, CA)
UMEA Institute of Design (Umea)
University of Art and Design Helsiniki (Helsinki, Finland)
Virginia Commonwealth University (adcenter) (Richmond, Virginia)
University of Oxford, Said School of Business
Zollvereian School of Management and Design (Essen)
Michigan University, Berkeley, Dartmouth, and University of Toronto (Rotman) seem to be the standouts for more traditional university experiences but with d-school options. UCLA, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Melon, Babson and Oxford should probably also be on that list.
I recommend checking out the original ranking of d-school programs at Business Week, because it allows you access to more information about the specific design schools. Its also worth checking out the pictures of top design schools, to get a little more feel of the various programs.
What is the methodology for Business Week’s ranking of top design institutes and university programs:
To compile this list, BusinessWeek turned to an international panel of 22 expert design and brand consultants and academics from both business and design schools. We also tapped six forward-thinking companies with expertise in design or innovation strategy. We asked all to recommend interdisciplinary design and business programs with curricula they respect and graduates they prefer to hire.
Then we conducted interviews with professors, students, and alumni from the recommended colleges, looking for design programs that incorporate business strategy—and business programs that teach design as a tool for strategic advantage. Here’s a sortable list of the 60 schools that made the grade.
It seems odd that they leave out these three respected design schools:
Corcoran in Washington DC
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Stanford D-school (Palo Alto California)
All three of which are incredibly respected in the design industry (I’m not sure what the d-school methodology meshes with the above three–I would certainly think that Stanford and RISD would qualify). Also, I think MIT should probably be added to the list as well. Here are three others that probably should have made the list of top design schools as well:
Parsons (New York City)
Savanna School of Design (SCAD) which has a campus in Atlanta, GA
If I’ve left off any from the Business Week ranking, I apologize. Also, if you can recommend another ranking study or methodology of design programs feel free to leave a not in the comments section.
Finally, you might want to check out this post of visual thinking thought leaders based on the speakers from the Viz Think conference (which could easily be titled “design thinking thought leaders” as well).