Attainable Futures: AAS in Industrial Design

NYDesigns, in collaboration with LaGuardia Community College, is proud to announce the Industrial Design Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS), a new addition to the CUNY academic ecosystem that is positioned to be an affordable, practical and attainable stepping stone to a career in design for al New Yorkers.

How much does a design education cost in NYC?


For a four-year degree in industrial design, architecture or interior design at some of New York City’s top design schools, including Pratt, Parsons The New School for Design, or Columbia University, students and families are looking at a bill of around $150,000+ for four years of full time attendance, excluding living expenses.


Within the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students at 23 colleges and institutions, tuition at City College’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture runs to $26,000+ for a four year, full-time education. That’s great value for students who see opportunity in a design career and recognize that a degree is one path towards that future.


Affordable higher education is also an opportunity for design and for industries that rely heavily on innovations in design practice, such as hardware-technology or advanced manufacturing. With an education that’s attainable because its affordable, the pool of talent entering these professions broadens to include more individuals who are smart and committed and who are unrestricted by their ability to afford the entry fee.


The Industrial Design Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) at LaGuardia, developed in partnership with NYDesigns, focuses on building proficiency in design thinking and skills. The two-year program will prepare students with the necessary skills to access the commercial design marketplace and introduce them to what role the designer plays in industry. The curriculum is structured to meet the needs of students who intend to complete their Bachelors at other institutions within and outside the CUNY system. We are working hard on simplifying the articulation and transferability of academic credits so that our graduates have a variety of choice in moving forward.


To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit LaGuardia’s Humanities Department website.


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