Sep 16, 2021
Coordinator: Audrey Barnes
Phone: (540) 568-7670
The industrial design program is an accredited professional degree program with an interdisciplinary, user-centered approach. Program objectives for industrial design students are to:
- Employ diverse creative problem-finding skills.
- Utilize design theory and research to understand user culture, context, and requirements.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of industry practices, conceptualization skills, and problem-solving.
- Design and articulate complex solutions that are aesthetically and culturally appropriate, effective, and efficient.
- Exhibit proficiency in both traditional and digital ways of making.
- Critique and contextualize designs to cultivate ideas and meaningful solutions.
- Create a professional industrial design portfolio reflective of one's knowledge and abilities that encompass current expectations in the professional practice of industrial design.
The industrial design program objectives are enhanced by frequent field trips to design events, guest speakers, workshops, and internship opportunities. Design students have an opportunity to engage with design leaders in the field through field trips, events and participation in a professional design organization.
Admission to the industrial design major 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.
- 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.
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.
Foundation Courses (9 credits)
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.**
Required Concentration Courses (21 credits)
Advanced Studios (24 credits)
Art & Design History Courses (9 credits)
Interdisciplinary Electives (9 Credit Hours Total)
Society and Culture (choose one)
May fulfill the B.S. Natural/Social Science requirement.
Engineering and Technology (choose one)
Students selecting ENGR electives must have approval from the course instructor and the INDU adviser.
Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship (choose one)
Recommended Schedule for Majors
- 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