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The Industrial Design Certificate program is for students who hold a prior baccalaureate degree but now wish to enter the industrial design profession.

The program takes 3 years part-time; a few of the courses can be taken through professional and continuing education at night, but most will be scheduled in the daytime degree program. Students are expected to enroll in 1 to 4 courses per semester (fall and spring). Summer coursework is optional.

Certificate students may transfer or waive up to 9 credits based on portfolio review. Students with no portfolio may take continuing education courses in order to prepare a portfolio.

17 courses, 51 credits. Take one to three courses per semester (fall and spring)

Year One 
Fall

Drawing for Designers (option to take this the previous summer)
Materials and Manufacturing
Industrial Design Principles

Spring

Human Factors – Ergonomics
Industrial Design Form
Intro to CAD - Solid Modeling

Summer

Optional Internship
Optional course: Design History, ID Elective, or Open Studio Elective

Year Two 
Fall

Industrial Design I
Storytelling for Design Leaders
Take one: Design History, ID Elective, or Open Studio Elective

Spring

Industrial Design II 
Professional Practice
Take one not taken in the Fall: Design History, ID Elective, or Open Studio Elective

Summer

An Internship is recommended (and counts as an ID Elective or Studio Elective)
Optional course: Design History, ID Elective, or Open Studio Elective

Year Three 
Fall

Industrial Design III 
Degree Project I - Research
Product Development Lab (may be taken as early as spring of the second year)

Spring

Degree Project II - Development, 
Take one not yet completed: Design History, ID Elective, or Open Studio Elective