Oct 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Industrial Design, B.S.

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.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the B.S. in industrial design is selective and competitive for a limited number of reserved seats in upper-division (300-400 level) industrial design courses. Declaration of industrial design as a major and completion of lower-division (100-200) prerequisite art and design courses does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission to upper-division INDU courses is based on completion of all prerequisite art courses and merit as determined by faculty review of portfolios submitted in satisfaction of the course INDU 208. Portfolio Review .

INDU 208  is a 0 credit, pass/fail course that functions as a prerequisite to enrollment in 300-400 level industrial design advanced studio courses. Students should enroll in INDU 208  during the semester in which they are enrolled in INDU 202 INDU 208  portfolios are reviewed during the spring semester (February) prior to pre-registration. Students should contact the area coordinator of industrial design to determine the exact time and location for the INDU 208 portfolio review.

INDU 200  and INDU 202  are restricted to BS of ID majors who have passed ART 102 , 104  and 106  only, and students are restricted from taking any 300-400 level industrial design advanced studio courses until INDU 208  has been taken and passed.

Accepted students who receive a passing grade for INDU 208  will be able to register for INDU upper division advanced studio courses for the following semester. Students not accepted will have one opportunity to reapply the following spring semester or may choose to continue in another major within the SADAH. 

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  requirements 41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours 
  • 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 one course, reducing the total credit hours to 122.


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.


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

Art & Design Electives (6 credits)

Art and design electives may include studio-based courses from industrial design, graphic design, architectural design, studio art, studio assistantships and internships.  Excludes courses taken to fulfill the concentration courses, advanced studios, and art and design history.**


**Also excludes ART 200 , 205 , 304  and 305  


Interdisciplinary Electives (9 Credit Hours Total)

Total: 78 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Third Year

  • General Education  9 Credit Hours
  • Scientific Literacy 3 Credit Hours
  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Art and Design Elective 3 Credit Hours
  • Interdisciplinary Elective 3 Credit Hours
  • 3.00

Total: 33 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Advanced Studio 6 Credit Hours
  • Art and Design Electives 3 Credit Hours
  • General Education  9 Credit Hours
  • Interdisciplinary Elective 6 Credit Hours

Total: 30 Credit Hours