University Catalog 2023-2024

Industrial Design (Bachelor)

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The Industrial Design Program offers a four-year professional bachelor degree. Industrial Design is concerned with all human aspects of products/technologies/systems and their relationship to people. The industrial designer is responsible for product safety, aesthetics, usability, maintenance, and cost. Industrial designers deal with consumer and industrial products. In order to achieve these ends, designers must be involved in major design and research areas such as human behavior, human-machine relationships, the environment, and the product itself. In addition, the designer’s responsibility extends into sustainability, product liability, and cross-cultural issues.

Areas of study in the Bachelor of Industrial Design include: 

  • furniture
  • textiles, house wares
  • appliances
  • transportation
  • tools
  • farm equipment
  • medical instruments
  • electronics
  • human-computer interfaces
  • recreational support equipment

The goal of the Industrial Design curriculum is to teach the design and development of products or product systems and their relationship to human beings and the environment.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Industrial Design program have career opportunities in three general types of practice: corporate design offices in manufacturing companies, independent consulting offices, and governmental agencies.

Plan Requirements

ENG 101Academic Writing and Research 14
Core Requirements
ID 110Introduction to Digital Techniques 13
ID 210Intermediate Digital Techniques 13
ID 310Advanced Digital Techniques 13
ID 216Visualization I 13
ID 316Visualization II 13
ID 255Contemporary Manufacturing Processes I 13
ID 244History of Industrial Design 13
ID 240Human-Centered Design 13
ID 340Research Methods in Industrial Design 13
ID 440Experience Design for ID 13
Design Electives 16
D 104First Year Studio I6
ID 102Basic Industrial Design Studio 16
ID 201Industrial Design Studio I 16
ID 202Industrial Design Studio II 16
ID 301Industrial Design Studio III 16
ID 302Industrial Design Studio IV 16
ID 401Advanced Industrial Design Studio I 16
ID 402Advanced Industrial Design Studio II 16
International Experience
International Experience (S Allowed, Verify requirement) 20
General Education Program (GEP) Courses
GEP Humanities3
GEP Social Sciences6
GEP Mathematical Sciences6
GEP Natural Sciences7
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Free Electives
Free Electives (12 Hr S/U Lmt) 35
Total Hours120

A grade of C- or higher is required.


Students should consult their academic advisors to determine how to complete this requirement.


Students should consult their academic advisors to determine which courses fill this requirement.

Design Electives

ADN 212Photography I3
ADN 219Digital Imaging I3
ADN 272Introduction to Printing and Surface Design3
ADN 273Fibers Materials and Processes3
ADN 281Drawing I3
ADN 312Photography II3
ADN 319Animation I3
ADN 384Painting I3
ADN 386 Sculpture I3
ADN 414Color and Light3
ADN 419Creative Technology Studio I3
ADN 472Advanced Surface Design3
ADN 481Drawing II3
ADN 486Sculpture II3
ARC 162An Introduction to Architecture3
GD 492Special Topics in Graphic Design3
GD 494Internship in Graphic Design3
GD 495Independent Study in Graphic Design1-3
GD 510Imaging for Graphic Design IV3
GD 517Type IV3
ID 256Contemporary Manufacturing Processes II3
ID 262Professional Practice in Industrial Design3
ID 494Internship in Industrial Design1-6
ID 495Independent Study in Industrial Design1-3


  1. Students who major in Industrial Design may elect one (1) six-credit-hour studio outside the major to fulfill one (1) 200 or 300 level studio requirement.
  2. Declaration of intent to enroll in studios other than Industrial Design during any semester must be made during the pre-registration period prior to enrollment. No more than one (1) six credit studio may be taken in any given semester.

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ID 110 Introduction to Digital Techniques 3
D 104 First Year Studio I 6
ID 244 History of Industrial Design 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Spring Semester
ID 102 Basic Industrial Design Studio 6
ID 210 Intermediate Digital Techniques 3
ID 216 Visualization I 3
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
Second Year
Fall Semester
ID 201 Industrial Design Studio I 6
ID 310 Advanced Digital Techniques 3
ID 316 Visualization II 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
Spring Semester
ID 202 Industrial Design Studio II 6
ID 240 Human-Centered Design 3
GEP Mathematical Sciences 3
ID 255 Contemporary Manufacturing Processes I 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
ID 301 Industrial Design Studio III 6
ID 340 Research Methods in Industrial Design 3
ID 256 Contemporary Manufacturing Processes II 3
GEP Humanities 3
Spring Semester
ID 302 Industrial Design Studio IV 6
ID 440 Experience Design for ID 3
GEP Natural Sciences 3
GEP Mathematical Sciences 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ID 401 Advanced Industrial Design Studio I 6
Design Elective 2
Free Elective 3
GEP Natural Sciences 4
Spring Semester
ID 402 Advanced Industrial Design Studio II 6
Free Elective 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Total Hours120

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the Department of Graphic and Industrial Design span the range from industrial design to virtual design. Graduates of this department are currently working in fields such as product development, furniture design, recreational product design, toy design, exhibition design, textile design, fashion design, photography, film making, special effects, set design, ergonomics and human factors.