Industrial Design

Industrial Design is the practice of envisioning and creating solutions to complex problems, in the context of human experience. Industrial Designers apply research and creativity to identify opportunities for creating new products, services or systems with a focus on human factors, aesthetic value and user input. The Industrial design program will prepare students to generate creative solutions to complex problems and increase their capacity to be creative thinkers. Through coursework focused on human centered design, students learn to design objects, environments, systems and experiences that are formulated in the context of real world challenges. By developing resourcefulness and adaptability, students learn to identify and analyze problems and objectively evaluate information to form actionable design solutions.

BFA Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 total degree credits are required for a BFA degree. Within the 120 total credits a minimum of 66 must be studio art credits, with 30 of the 66 credits at the 3000/4000 level.


Studio Art Credits



Art History Credits



General Education Requirements & Electives

Suggested Sequence of Study

Suggested Sequences of Study for BFA concentrations are only samples/suggested course schedules. Requirements are subject to change and may vary based on catalog year, curriculum changes and course availability.

First Year

Semester 1
ART1010/Studio Concepts /3cr.
ART1020/Criticism & Interpretation /3cr.
ART1030/Drawing 1 /3cr.
Art History 1000/Content Area 1 /3cr.
English 1010/1011 /4cr.
Total Credits /16

Semester 2
ART1040/Drawing 1 /3cr.
ART2610/Basic Studio Sculpture /3cr.
ART2110 Graphic Design Process & Thinking /3cr.
Content Area 2 /3cr.
Content Area 3 /3–4cr.
Total Credits /15–16

Second Year

Semester 3
ART2011/Intro to Digital Media /3cr.
ART2310, 2410, or 2510 /3cr.
ART3000L Sculpture/Ceramics /3cr.
Content Area 3 (Lab) /3cr.
Content Area 4 /4cr.
Total Credits /16cr.

Semester 4
ART2310, 2410, or 2510 /3cr.
ART3701 Industrial Design: Materials & Techniques /3cr.
Studio Art Elective (ART2011) /3cr.
Content Area 1 /3cr.
Content Area 4 /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Third Year

Semester 5
ART3705 Industrial Design: Form, structure and space /3cr.
ART 3710 Industrial Design: Drawing and modeling for design /3cr.
Studio Art Elective /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 /3cr.
Math/Stats Q /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Semester 6
ART 3720 Industrial Design: Process and practice /3cr.
Studio Art 3000/4000 Elective /3cr.
Studio Art 3000/4000 Elective /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 Elective /3cr.
Content Area 2 /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Fourth Year

Semester 7
ART 3730 Industrial Design:Digital fabrication /3cr.
ART3901 Advance Studio Projects /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Semester 8
ART4901 Senior Project /3cr.
Studio Art 3000/4000 Elective /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

BA Degree

Students pursuing a BA in Studio Art are not required to declare a concentration, and therefore follow a more general Plan of Study.

BFA & BA Student Work in Industrial Design