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  • Marker Rending Module

    Module | Design Competencies | Marker Rendering

  • Typography Module

    Module | Design Competencies | Typography

  • Silkscreening Course

    Design-Related Media Course | Silkscreening

  • Silkscreening Course

    Design Visualization Course | Second Year

  • James Connors Independent Study

    Form Independent Study | James Connors

  • Industrial Design - Typography Module

    Typography Module | O. Pipson (left), D. Meyers (center), T. Sasaki (right)

  • Industrial Design - Typography Module

    Typography Module | S. Shumaker (left), C. Pon (right)

  • Portfolio Module - Student Work

    Portfolio Module | Excerpt: Jason Cusack

  • Portfolio Module - Student Work

    Portfolio Module | Excerpt: Zack Filbert

  • Portfolio Module - Student Work

    Portfolio Module | Excerpt: Zack Filbert

  • Packaging Module

    Packaging Module | O. Salguero (left), J. Jackson (right)

  • Packaging Module

    Packaging Module | O. Salguero

  • Biomimicry Module

    Kennedy Educational Product – “Macronaut” – for Class Research

  • Biomimicry Module

    Student Photos using the “Macronaut”

F 2014 |

Course Offerings


S 2014 |

Course Offerings


F 2013 |

Course Offerings

Design Related Media – Ceramics
Design Research
Pro Prac & Entrepreneurship
Design Visualization
CAD
Foundation Design Lab
Industrial Design Lab II - Form
Industrial Design Lab III
Industrial Design Lab III/IV – DeBOP
Industrial Design Lab IV
History of ID
Module - Entertainment Storyboarding
Module - Marker Techniques
Module – Exhibit Design
Module - Empty Bowls
Module - History of Jewelry Design
Module - Lighting
Module - Seating (Design)
Module - Applied CAD/CNC
Module - Visual Trends

S 2013 |

Course Offerings

Human Factors
Materials & Processes
Module – Biomimicry
Module - Portfolio

F 2012 |

Course Offerings

Design Related Media – Ceramics
Design Research
Design Visualization
Foundation Design Lab
Industrial Design Lab II – Form Studio
Module - Interaction Design
Module - Marker Techniques
Module - Mathematics and Beauty
Module – Portfolio
Module - Seat Surface Storage
Module - Seating (Design)
Module - Seating (Prototyping)

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Course Checksheet

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This is the official checksheet for the Industrial Design Major, which includes all courses required within the university and the ID program. Click here for the details of the module courses.

required course list

ARCH 1015-1016

Foundation Design Lab

Introduction to the discipline of architecture. Focus on basic elements of design, addressed visually, conceptually, and haptically. Studies undertaken in two and three dimensions using various materials and tools. Inquiry into the process of design, discovering, through experiment, methods of working that develop aesthetic judgment and means of self-evaluation. Emphasis on intellectual discipline, dialogue, assertion of interest, and a self-motivated search for critical issues.

IDS 2015-2016

Industrial Design Laboratory II

Introduction to the discipline of Industrial Design. Emphasis on form generation, including: design theory, problem solving methodologies, conceptualization of ideas, and aesthetic sensibility. Secondary emphasis on skill development in 2 and 3 dimensions: awareness of materials and manufacturing processes, storyboarding, model making, written documentation of design process, and verbal presentation. IDS 2015 is taught in conjunction with IDS 3224: Topics in Design Competencies: Workshop and IDS 2065: Visual Design.

IDS 2044

Human Factors

This course examines human factors as it informs the design process, and as a tool to maximize the physical and psychological aspects of design toward the establishment of a human centered design. Frameworks of industrial design philosophy, research methods, standards and data, human issues, cultural context, and design outcomes.

IDS 2065-2066

Design Visualization

An introduction of two-dimensional modes of representation. Emphasis is placed on the development of drawing skills to facilitate documentation, analysis and presentation in the design process.

IDS 2114

History/Theory Industrial Design

The aesthetics and useful function of objects of industrial production. This class is based upon the concept that the values, ideals, and aspirations of a culture are expressed in material objects and a thorough knowledge of the history of the profession is essential to understand one's own particular circumstance and time.

IDS 2124

History/Theory of ID - Designers

The study of individual designers and how their values, ideals, and aspirations influence the evolution of design.

IDS 2304

Computer Aided Industrial Design

An introduction to computer aided two and three- dimensional design and modeling as applied in industrial design using both solid and surface software modeling techniques.

IDS 2304

Computer Aided Design

An introduction to computer aided 3-dimensional design and modeling as applied in industrial design, using both solid and surface modeling techniques. At the end of this course students will have explored in depth one software package, SolidWorks, and will be conversant in: 2-dimensional tools, solid modeling tools, surface modeling tools, measured drawings, computer aided rendering, and 3-dimensional output. Click here for Computer Aided Design Course page

IDS 3015-3016

Industrial Design Laboratory III

Introduction to systematic processes in design. Introduction and application of Human Factors and systematic planning methods in the development of industrial products in the areas of work, education and health. Development of professional presentation skills and methods.

IDS 3124

Materials and Processes

A survey of current materials, processes, techniques and equipment used in the design of products for mass production.

IDS 3204

Topics in Professional Development (Modules)

Issues of practicing in an industrial design professional environment: public speaking, portfolio presentation, client/civic engagement (service learning), interdisciplinary teamwork and leadership in the development process of industrial products. Repeatable with instructor permission. Variable credit and duration. See module page.

IDS 3224

Topics in Design Competencies (Modules)

Issues of industrial design competencies and expertise required in a professional design environment, for example: software; model making (both hand making and digital rapid prototyping); workshop (wood, metal and plastics); specialized product design areas (packaging, furniture or exhibit design). Repeatable with instructor permission Variable credit and duration. See module page.

IDS 3224

Topics in Design Competencies: Workshop | required

This is a required module for sophomores in the fall semester, which includes two five-week courses, one on wood work and one on metal work. These short courses are intended to introduce students to the primary machines for each material through exercises that are directly related to safety and to the form studio running parallel in fall semester. See module page.

IDS 3234

Topics in Design Theory (Modules)

Issues of industrial design theory required for advancement in a professional design environment, for example: Product Semantics; Design Ethics; EcoDesign/Sustainability; Universal Design. Repeatable with instructor permission. Variable credit and duration. See module page.

IDS 3514

Design Research

Discusses procedures and methods in the collection, analysis and evaluation of data to inform the design process. The course involves exercises in developing a research question and usability research strategies for investigating problems in user/product and user/environment relationships. Most of the strategies employ ethnographic methods. The course examines the definitions of knowledge, information, and data and how they are used in research.

ARCH 3514

Design Related Media

Properties and uses of various media, materials and processes as tools for analysis, documentation and presentation of small scale objects in the designed environment. Basic skills and techniques relating to photography, silkscreening, bookmaking, printmaking, watercolors, welding, and pottery will be explored.

IDS 4015-4016

Industrial Design Laboratory IV

Detailed analysis, research and application of human factors to the design of equipment, work spaces and environments. Design and construction of full scale, interactive models and spaces. Introduction to group activities. Emphasis on the needs, the production and marketing factors of special populations, such as the elderly and disabled.

IDS 4044

Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship

Focus on assembling multidisciplinary teams to engage in the process of bringing a product to market, building a business around a core competency in design, the structure of a design office, and the development and protections of intellectual property. Pre-requisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor.