Feb 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Art, Industrial Design Major, B.S.

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Coordinator: Kevin Phaup
Email: phaupkb@jmu.edu
Phone: (540) 568-4025

The Bachelor of Science degree in Art with a major in industrial design is an accredited professional 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.

Admissions Requirements

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. 

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 fulfill the B.S. Natural/Social Science requirement.

Required Courses

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, 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)

Engineering and Technology (choose one)

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

Total: 78 Credit Hours

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Total: 33 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 30 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

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