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Advice For Students

Prospective, undergrad, grad, and other!

D-School Futures

This series of interviews with the chairs of top American industrial design programs offers an invaluable assessment of the state of design education in September 2014.

What is ID and why should I care?

Our job is to design products—anything and everything that's mass-produced—from Ferraris to toasters, from furniture to television sets.

Choosing a Design School

When you're looking at the different design schools, you'll want to consider the location, the facilities, the faculty, as well as the philosophy.

What Do Industrial Designers Bring to the Proverbial Table?

The NEA's authoritative report on the economic impact of industrial design in the US.

One Book. Four Years of Design Instruction.

Julia Davids' firsthand account of her experience at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (a.k.a. could well be an inside look at any design school.

1,000 Words of Advice

Allan Chochinov breaks down what every design student needs to know. Fast.


In honor of the start of the school year, Core77 has put together the definitive set of tips, tricks, and lifehacks for design students.

Design Process Kills/Creates Creativity

Daniel Stillman elaborates on his five-step approach to the design process.

The Tools of the Trade

In this series of guest columns, Dr. James Self ruminates on the evolving tools of design and their influence on the discipline itself.

Opinion: Deep or Wide

Pete Zerillo discusses the age-old dilemma for design schools: Train workers, or educate students?

Why Grad School?

Niti Bhan on the reasons to choose graduate study.

Thinking of doing a design PhD? Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

Noting that the PhD is fast becoming the Masters, Dr. Andy Polaine shares his advice on whether or not to make the leap.

Landing Your First (or Next) Gig

Ok, so you made it out of D-School alive. Here's your bulletproof guide to the next step: getting hired.

Assembling a Competitive Application for Graduate Studies

A guide through the application process with tips, do's and don't's.

Portfolio Tips

These days you need to go beyond the ordinary to make your portfolio stand out. Core77's Stu Constantine provides an overview of what to do and how to excel.

Design Salary Guide

Thinking of a career in design? We've been collecting and reporting salary information from tens of thousands of design and creative professionals for over a decade.

Forum Frenzy: Student and Schools

Dive in to years' worth of collective wisdom over at our discussion boards, and don't be shy if you have questions of your own.

IDSA Annual Scholarships

IDSA offers Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships each year. The recipients receive cash awards to be used in the completion of degree work in the following year. Applications are accepted in the spring annually.