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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Design, B.S.

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Dr. Katherine A. Schwartz, Director

Phone: (540) 568-6216/6661 Email: schwarka@jmu.edu

Location: Duke Hall, Room 1011 Website: http://www.jmu.edu/art


T. Cole, R. Daniel, C. Diop, D. Ehrenpreis, L. Halpern, L. Katzman, J. McCaslin, D. McCusker, J. Ott, M. Rooker, K. Schwartz, M. Shanahan, R. Silberman, G. Stewart, L. Tubach, C. Welter, W. Wightman, S. Zurbrigg

Associate Professors

A. Adesanya, S. Brooks, S. Choi, R. Hilliard, K. Stevens, W. Tate, A. Taylor, K. Tollefson-Hall, R. Tomhave

Assistant Professors

A. Barnes, D. Hardy, C. Henriques, R. Mertens, K. Phaup, E. Tickle, S. Williams

Mission Statement

The School of Art, Design and Art History is a collaborative community that fosters independent thought and creativity, embraces the diversity of cultural expression, and cultivates excellence in the making and understanding of visual art and design.


The School of Art, Design and Art History discerns the following five distinct goals for the teaching of art at JMU:

  • To prepare future professional artists and designers.
  • To educate future art historians and museum specialists with a global perspective on the visual arts.
  • To develop and license future elementary and secondary art teachers.
  • To enrich the general education of non-art majors.
  • To supply professional instruction in the visual arts for students who wish to enrich their education by studying art as a second major or minor.

To meet these goals, the School of Art, Design and Art History offers three degrees, a choice of five majors and select areas of emphasis. PK-12 Licensure is available to every School of Art, Design and Art History major, regardless of their degree track. Minors are offered in select areas. All degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours. A full description of degree requirements is listed under degree requirements.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts
  • Art History
  • Studio Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Architectural Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Art
Bachelor of Science
  • Industrial Design
  • Studio Art

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

Art students at JMU have the opportunity to prepare for a wide variety of art and art-related career fields. Because the School of Art, Design and Art History educates art students as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, graduates have an enhanced ability to think independently, respond flexibly, work productively and compete successfully for employment in career fields that value original and thoughtful creativity. Some possible careers include:

  • Advertising Designer
  • Architectural Designer
  • Artist
  • Art Critic
  • Art Educator
  • Art Historian
  • Ceramicist
  • Conservator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Jeweler
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Museum Curator/Educator
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Textile Designer

To discuss specific career options, students should contact the school and make an appointment with a member of the faculty.


Supplementing JMU’s general accreditation, all degrees offered by the School of Art, Design and Art History are professionally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In addition, the Art Education program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Special Admission Requirements

Architectural Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Studio Art Majors

All prospective freshmen, transfer and change of major students intending to major in architectural design, graphic design, industrial design or studio art must meet JMU admission requirements. In addition to meeting JMU admission requirements, all students are required to submit a portfolio to the school’s SlideRoom account. There is a $10 charge for this submission. Additionally, transfer and change of major students will need to upload unofficial transcripts and a statement of intent to the school’s SlideRoom account that explains their educational and artistic goals, articulating the reasons for choosing this area of study. The submission of a portfolio is seen as evidence of a student’s interest and potential for future success in art. Students must attend an on-campus Portfolio Review day or schedule a Skype interview to be considered for a scholarship. All scholarship awards are based on merit and vary in amount, up to the full cost of tuition. The School of Art, Design and Art History (SADAH) offers students the opportunity for feedback on their portfolio, prior to the digital submission, through several on-campus and offcampus portfolio review days. This portfolio review event will provide an opportunity for feedback on actual artwork, as well as an opportunity to meet with faculty from the school. Tours of facilities and program info sessions will take place at on-campus events. All prospective freshman, transfer and change of major students are strongly encouraged to attend a portfolio review day prior to submitting their portfolio. For these in-person feedback sessions, it is highly recommended that students show actual works of art; however, a portfolio that consists of printed images is acceptable. If time-based media examples are included (video and animation), students will need to bring their own digital device for presentation purposes. Refer to the SADAH website for the dates of the upcoming portfolio feedback days and for additional portfolio requirements. Students seeking official acceptance into the graphic design major must enroll in GRPH 208   and submit a portfolio representing work completed in GRPH 200   , Design Methodology; GRPH 202   , Computer Graphics; and GRPH 206   Introduction to Typography. Students not admitted may reapply the following semester. Students seeking official acceptance into the architectural design major must enroll in ARCD 208 and submit a portfolio representing work completed in ARCD 200   . Architectural Design Studio I and ARCD 202   . Architectural Design Studio II. Students not admitted may reapply the following year.

Coordinator: Audrey Barnes
Email: barnesal@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-7670

The industrial design major seeks to:

  • Integrate knowledge of the visual arts with applied design technology.
  • Enhance problem-solving and communication skills in the creation of design concepts.
  • Develop student knowledge that optimizes the function, value and appearance of manufactured products and systems.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  requirements 41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 78 Credit Hours

Total: 125 Credit Hours

Note: Students can double count up to two courses, thus reducing the total credit hours to 119. Students will need to enroll in three additional credit hours to reach the university minimum requirement of 120 credit hours.


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 Quantitative requirements may be double-counted with elective course work in the major. Check with adviser.

Major Requirements

The industrial design major requires 78 credit hours in art, art history and art-related courses. Of these hours, 42 credits must be in INDU courses, some of which may the B.S. Natural/Social Science requirement.

Required Courses

Elective Concentration Courses (24 credits):

Art History (300 Level)

Interdisciplinary Electives 9 Credit Hours

Engineering and Technology

Students selecting ENGR electives must have approval from the course instructor and the INDU adviser.

Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (choose one):

Total: 78 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

  • General Education  12 Credit Hours
  • Art Foundations 15 Credit Hours
  • Elective 3 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Total: 32 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Art and Design Electives 6 Credit Hours
  • General Education  9 Credit Hours
  • Interdisciplinary Elective: Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship 3 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

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