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The first attempt to start Industrial Design education at ITU goes back to the decision of the Executive Committee of Faculty of Architecture in 1982 to set up a committee for looking into the feasibility of establishing a Department of Industrial Design. During the 1980s, a number of committees worked for the establishment of the department. In 1989 a post-graduate program of Industrial Design was started within the Department of Architecture. In 1993 the Department of Industrial Product Design at ITU was established, and accepted its first undergraduate students in the academic year of 1993/94, under ITU Faculty of Architecture.

The establishment of the Department of Industrial Product Design at ITU based on the idea that Turkey at her current level of industrialization requires industrial designers equipped with strong knowledge and skills in technology and management. With its leadership and experience in engineering, architecture and management education, ITU provides a solid background for the Department in Istanbul, the industrial and cultural capital of Turkey.