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Integrated Product Development

ARTDES 516.001, Winter 2024


Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Tharp, Bruce
Semester: Winter 2024


Description: Integrated Product Development is a cross-disciplinary experiential product design and development course in which cross-functional teams of art & design, business, and engineering students design and manufacture a fully-functional consumer product; design and cost out its manufacturing process; place it in the context of a larger business proposal; and compete with their product against other student teams in an economic market competition. This course is sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute and the Proctor & Gamble Foundation’s Higher Education Grant Program. On the first day of class the instructors specify the product market in which all teams will compete, and the constraints and guidelines that each team must adhere to. Instruction is via a combination of lectures and laboratory (hands-on) exercises.