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2011-2012 University Catalogue 
2011-2012 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

Industrial Design - Bachelor of Science

Michael McCallister

Program Total Credits: 126

In the Industrial Design program students create informed and visionary social, cultural, and ecologically sustainable responses that consider community, business and society. Students develop critical thinking skills toward understanding their work in a broad context. Design process is debated while exploring the value of products, and collaborative solutions. Techniques and methods are taught including hand drawing and rendering, 2D and 3D modeling, analog and digital making, rapid prototyping, ethnographic and user research, and information mapping. Through hands-on project-based learning, students develop their individual skill sets demand of their specific topics. This prepares them to learn new skills as technology evolves. Through close work with professors as well as group critique students develop skills to make their innovative ideas visual and to communicate them successfully to multiple audiences.

Program Goals:

  • Appropriately discern questions, opportunities, and constraints through the engagement of multiple stakeholders and audiences;
  • Achieve and communicate a repeatable design process by developing a highly attuned set of technical, methodological, and presentation skills;
  • Envision innovative, creative solutions and strategies that forward the development of new knowledge and the field of design.


Freshmen Year Foundation Credits: 33

All Freshman students (and transfer students who lack sufficient background in the visual arts and design) enter the 18-credit Foundation core program that includes courses in drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and time-motion studies. The Foundation program introduces the basic language and processes of the visual arts and prepares the students for entry into a major department. Through Freshman elective course offerings, students are introduced to major course options and opportunities offered by the College of Art, Media, and Design.

Sophomore Year Credits: 30

Junior Year Credits: 33

Senior Year Credits: 30


Electives must include 9 studio credits taken outside the Industrial Design offerings.


Recommended Electives:

While none of the following is required for graduation, they are recommended by the department: