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Course descriptions

Industrial Design Principles An introduction to processes used in all areas of design and illustration, this course provides a foundation in the methods of concept, image, and form development. Using initial techniques such as brainstorming, mind mapping, and researching, ideas are developed for a variety of 2D and 3D solutions to applied projects. Tackling common issues of personal engagement, collaboration, and client interaction, students express a personal voice within the specific parameters of each assigned problem.

Industrial Design Form The purpose of this course is to endow students with a vocabulary of form with which to express the function and meaning of their ideas. This will be achieved through the exploration of the objects and object vocabulary, which surround us, and the development of the students' skills to express ideas visually. The students will be required to develop their communication skills as well as refine their two and three dimensional conceptualization and actualization of projects.

Manufacturing Process I A materials and manufacturing awareness production course in two parts. Part one includes casting, fabrication, and molding techniques for metals and plastics. Students discuss production techniques, selection and use of modern machine tools, dies, jigs, and fixtures. Part two includes product development documentation (three-view preliminary design layout drawings) for manufacturing processes such as sheet metal, casting, extrusion plastics, injection molding, vacuum form, blow molding, and fiberglass.

Human Factors-Ergonomic Review of current theory and practice in issues related to human/machine interface, ergonomics, universal design, etc. Methods and practice of human factors research applied to the re-definition of a product idea.

Manufacturing Process II An investigation of specific problems in the manufacturing development of a product. The course uses a detailed case study of a new product from its inception to its completion. Topics include cost analysis and research into the technical problems of competitive manufacturing and marketing.

CAID Surface Modeling The course explores the use of 3D surface-modeling programs as visual communication, design exploration, and a tool for production within the design industry and to communicate intent with clients, modelers, engineers, and manufacturers.

Industrial Design II Integration of creative concepts with the development of visual communication skills, such as rendering and model making.

Portfolio and Presentation Directing of students through the process of developing a professional portfolio. Basic elements of Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Acrobat, web based. Students required to present complete portfolio piece at reviews.

Product Development Lab Explores the process of bringing a product to fruition with special emphasis on the role of the industrial designer in new product development. The course will deal with the design and development of real products. Students work with local manufacturers and their product development groups.

Industrial Design III Design projects developed in full four phase programs: analysis and conceptual design refinement, final design and documentation, model and presentation.

Degree Project I/Research A student-selected and faculty-approved project of significance.

Degree Project II/Development A student selected and faculty approved project of significance.

Drawing for Designers

CAD Solid Modeling

Branding

competency electives

Competency Electives: Students with prior coursework or portfolios demonstrating competency in these areas may have these requirements waived.

  • One Art History Elective
  • Three Open Studio Electives (pending approval from Program Coordinator)