How it Works
The Application Process: Students interested in the PDIP program must apply using both the Vincennes University application and the PDIP application. Depending on qualifications some students will be required to take the Accuplacer placement test (WWW.VINU.EDU/TESTING). Once accepted to Vincennes University, PDIP partners will review your application and determine which applicants meet the rigorous background requirements. Next, a PDIP Partner will interview candidates and select students for the upcoming class. (**We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2024. For information regarding the application process, please call 812.888.5461).
During the typical school year, PDIP students will attend Vincennes University four days a week (Monday-Thursday). During the four days, PDIP students take Product Design & Production Processes courses as well as regular general education courses. Students must maintain at least a "C" or higher in all classes. Student success both in the classroom and at the workplace will be closely monitored.
PDIP students can intern on Friday, Saturday, and /or Sunday. The goal is to allow the student approximately 8-16 hours a week of real-world experience as a designer. Actual hours for interning will vary by company. The company and the student will work closely to define those terms prior to starting the internship.
This hands-on approach of applying classroom knowledge immediately to on-the-job is one of the few programs where students learn while they earn valuable real-world experience and compensation.
Time Frame: Once accepted into PDIP, students experience hands-on learning, attend VU courses, and real work experience for four semesters. PDIP interns could work as much as 40 hours during summer break. Some partners offer paid summer employment prior to starting VU classes. The entire program lasts two school years or four semesters. Example: students starting Fall 2024 are expected to graduate May 2026. You may view the REQUIRED COURSES. *Note, the sequence of courses may vary.
Students are responsible for the cost of tuition, lab, and fees at Vincennes University. Additionally, students must purchase a drafting tools kit that will be used during the program as well as in his/her career. Students maintain ownership of the drafting tools. (Please check the VU website for current tuition rates and fees). Over the two years, students can earn as much as $20,000 in wages which can be used toward the student’s education expenses. There are also potential grants and financial aid.