Thomas Jefferson University


Built upon a strong tradition of forward-thinking design education, we’re continuing our legacy as a globally recognized leader in design. In the visual communication design program, you’ll strategize new ways for businesses to speak to their customers. In the industrial design program, you’ll develop new products and bring them to market for companies like Philips, Knoll, and Umbra. In Fashion Design you’ll receive an extraordinary introduction into the fast-paced, creative and energetic fashion industry. Design has the power to shape our future, and when you study at the cutting edge, the future is in your hands.


Industry Partner: Tenneco

Every year we look forward to the industry sponsored Tenneco competition, where industrial design, engineering and business students have the opportunity to design and pitch a new product using a material manufactured by Tenneco. This is just one of the many examples of Nexus Learning at Jefferson.

students participating in the fashion show

The Annual Fashion Show

One major highlight of each school year is Jefferson’s Annual Fashion Show, which is produced by the Jefferson Fashion Industry Association. You’ll think you are at New York Fashion Week when you see our student designs hit the runway.

students in Hong Kong, China

Industrial Design Students Visit Hong Kong & China

This journey was designed to give our students firsthand experience with Asian design, prototyping and manufacturing capabilities as well as allow them to get comfortable moving independently within Asian cities and design cultures.

The Center

The Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging

For more than a decade, the Center has conducted research projects and educational events related to design, applied engineering, and business aspects of inkjet textile printing technologies. Surface imaging is about creating imagery in various physical forms using a variety of digital printing technologies, including “direct surface imaging” on porous and non-porous substrates and “fabrication printing” through material deposition and subtraction printing technologies (laser and 3D printing).

exterior of the Lawrence N. Field DEC Center

The DEC Center

The Lawrence N. Field DEC Center at Jefferson’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce is a one-of-a-kind building created to foster collaboration. Here, you’ll learn and work in a dynamic environment that literally transforms to fit your curriculum. With flexible, project-focused workspaces and breakout areas, the DEC Center is the hub of NEXUS Learning™.

Student Work