The Industrial Design program offers students an educational environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. These qualities define form and function of products and systems, balancing the needs of the user with the capabilities of industry. Industrial Design graduates contribute to society through their design skills, technical knowledge, and aesthetic sensibilities. This program is designed to prepare students for entry level career opportunities in a versatile and dynamic profession, providing the tools to compete in a global economy.
The Industrial Design degree program begins with the fundamentals of drawing, designing, and fabricating. Design History provides a contextual understanding of the evolution of theories and principles of design. The science of ergonomics is emphasized to ensure that designs apply the proper fit, safety and efficient use by the intended population.
Students will have the opportunity to learn to apply a design process that addresses the full evolution of a project, from research, conception and design, development to manufacturing processes and presentation. Students will also have the opportunity to learn to use computers to develop, visualize and communicate concepts, make design decisions, detail design, and build physical models or prototypes.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
• Implement the design principles that can be practically applied to current industry standards.
• Demonstrate how products work and how they are manufactured.
• Select and use industrial design tools, materials and techniques.
• Exhibit professionalism through their comprehension and application of intellectual property law, social responsibility, marketing strategies, project management and the team dynamic.
• Design products that accommodate the capabilities and the needs of the intended user population.
• Seek entry-level positions within a wide range of industries such as exhibit design, consumer products, transportation design, medical products, furniture, architectural, environmental and sustainable designs.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.