Shintaro Akatsu School of Design to launch new master’s degree program in design management, starting in the fall 2011

Shintaro Akatsu School of Design to launch new master’s degree program in design management, starting in the fall 2011

The Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport will offer a new Master of Professional Studies in Design Management degree, starting in the fall 2011, the school announced upon receiving licensing from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education to launch the graduate program.

Encompassing training in design and business management, the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Design Management will train project managers to oversee creative teams in a variety of design industries. Courses will be taught by professors from SASD design programs and the University of Bridgeport School of Business.

SASD is among one of three schools in the Northeast to offer the advanced degree in Design Management.

“The MPS program fits perfectly with its longstanding mission to provide students with highly practical training in the fields of industrial, interior, and graphic design and animation,” said SASD Director Richard Yelle.

SASD began planning the MPS program in January 2010, when University of Bridgeport alumnus Shintaro Akatsu ’88 donated $2 million to expand and enhance design programs at the school, which was renamed in his honor.

In addition to the new MPS program, SASD has recently added to the curriculum offerings in high-end glassware and ceramics, known as tabletop design, and a sound track course to teach students how to put music to images in all kinds of media. It also boasts a new video and photography-production studio, Mac Pro computer lab, and new workshops to build finished furniture and large-scale exhibition displays similar to those found at malls, major sporting events, and conventions.

About SASD: Originally established in 1949 as University of Bridgeport design programs, the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design emphasizes the importance of practical and professional activities and practices in the various design fields. SASD faculty and alumni have worked for Delta, NBC, Unilever, Crate & Barrel, Microsoft, and many other leading companies. Students learn about the fundamentals and details of design; their application to real-world use; design’s impact on the user population; and the various methods needed to take their designs from concept to reality through coursework, internship programs, and other opportunities. SASD students have won many of the most coveted prizes awarded to student designers including: the $10,000 CTIA Wireless Fashion in Motion Award, first-place prizes from the Johnson & Johnson Student Contest, the $4,000 Grand Prize and other awards at the New York International Auto Show Automobile Safety Competition, and awards from Advertising Club of Connecticut and the Connecticut Art Directors Club.
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