Industrial Design

Courses

100 Level

  • IDUS 100 Introduction to Industrial Design
     

    IDUS 100

    Introduction to Industrial Design
    This course introduces students to the industrial design profession. Lectures, discussions and problem-solving exercises explore industrial design as a creative process, examine its history and provide insight into professional opportunities in the field. Prerequisite(s): DSGN 102.

200 Level

  • IDUS 212 Model and Prototype Development
     

    IDUS 212

    Model and Prototype Development
    This course introduces the use of hand tools and workshop equipment to develop rapid study models and mid-fidelity prototypes related to industrial design. Students build study models of products to professional standards of accuracy and finish, with an emphasis on rapid development. All aspects of workshop practice and safety are emphasized. Prerequisite(s):
  • IDUS 213 Industrial Design Idea Visualization
     

    IDUS 213

    Industrial Design Idea Visualization
    This course develops the drawing skills and 2-D presentation techniques used to convey design ideas in the industrial design profession, including the rapid construction of perspective systems, the ability to sketch quickly and accurately, the use of basic line and weight methods to convey ideation rationale, and the visual representation of product assembly. Additionally, students learn how to manipulate hand drawn sketches using computer software. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 100 or SERV 216.
  • IDUS 215 Contextual Research Methods
     

    IDUS 215

    Contextual Research Methods
    This course presents the techniques necessary to conduct relevant and useful research of a novel domain in context. Students are expected to gain knowledge and expertise to contribute to the design process in user-centered products and systems in which user goals and task needs are given primary importance. Prerequisite(s): ARCH 101 or FIBR 160 or FURN 200 or GRDS 201 or IDUS 100 or INDS 102 or SERV 216.  
  • IDUS 221 Human Factors in Industrial Design
     

    IDUS 221

    Human Factors in Industrial Design
    This course explores the physical, psychological, perceptual and behavioral characteristics of humans. Through a series of lectures and projects, this information is applied to the field of industrial design to develop safe and effective products. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 213, IDUS 215.
  • IDUS 250 The Development of Product Form
     

    IDUS 250

    The Development of Product Form
    A sequence of short projects provides students with an opportunity to investigate the design issues associated with familiar mass-produced products and to gain an understanding of design methodology. Projects are developed to enhance working knowledge of the importance of form, and the impact and relevance of visual and physical design decisions. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 213, IDUS 215.

300 Level

  • MARI 302 Principles and Theories of Marine Design
     

    MARI 302

    Principles and Theories of Marine Design
    This course concentrates on the naval architecture and engineering issues associated with boat design. Students are introduced to naval architecture, hydrodynamics, hydrostatics and structural analysis pertaining to the safe design and operation of various styles of boats. Additionally, students explore the marine module of Rhino CAD software. Prerequisite(s): ELDS 205 or ELDS 225.
  • MARI 310 Survey of Composites
     

    MARI 310

    Survey of Composites
    This course explores the various aspects of building and designing marine applications with composites including technical data related to composite manufacturing. This course supplements lectures with hands-on demonstrations and projects to give students a firsthand look at working with these unique materials. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s): ELDS 205 or ELDS 225, and FURN 200 or IDUS 212.
  • IDUS 313 Computer Modeling
     

    IDUS 313

    Computer Modeling
    This course applies design-based simulation and 3-D modeling to the industrial design process. State-of-the-art software is used as a modeling tool, and computer graphics are used as a communication tool for newly developed products. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 213, IDUS 215.
  • IDUS 314 Manufacturing and Assembly of Innovative Materials
     

    IDUS 314

    Manufacturing and Assembly of Innovative Materials
    Understanding of the practical relationships between industrial design and the manufacturing industry is vital to an industrial designer. In this course, students discover and analyze the materials, manufacturing and assembly technologies of today. Additionally, students forecast innovative trends of tomorrow for both small batch and mass production of the next generation of products. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 250.
  • IACT 315 Human/Computer Interaction
     

    IACT 315

    Human/Computer Interaction
    This course presents the principles of human/computer interaction. Students are expected to gain knowledge and expertise to contribute to the design process in computer-based, user-centered systems in which user and task needs are given primary importance. Students also evaluate the usability of interactive systems in fulfilling the requirements of their users. Prerequisite(s): CMPA 100 or CMPA 110 or ELDS 205 or ELDS 225.
  • IDUS 316 Portfolio and Résumé Development
     

    IDUS 316

    Portfolio and Résumé Development
    Students begin to structure their industrial design projects into a cohesive and formal portfolio of work, preparing them for internship and employment opportunities. Emphasis is placed on interviewing skills, portfolio preparation and presentation refinement. At the end of this course, students formally present the majority of their industrial design work in a structured critique to multiple faculty evaluators. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 250 or SERV 216.
  • IACT 317 Interactive Product Design
     

    IACT 317

    Interactive Product Design
    This course focuses on the issues related to the aesthetics of digital media within a nonlinear environment. Students are introduced to design problems in various disciplines through the use of current authoring techniques and technologies. Prerequisite(s): IACT 315 or MOME 206.
  • IDUS 321 Industrial Design in the Marketplace
     

    IDUS 321

    Industrial Design in the Marketplace
    Through a sequence of design projects, students are required to consider more complex design issues and their corresponding problems. Students work through the product development cycle, and, while they are expected to apply their project skills and technical knowledge to formulate design solutions that are both visually appealing and functional, they also focus on the skills necessary to communicate ideas to engineers, marketing and other stakeholders. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 313, IDUS 314.
  • IDUS 331 Advanced Model Building
     

    IDUS 331

    Advanced Model Building
    This course offers advanced study and practice in the tools, techniques, materials and equipment used to construct professional-quality models and prototypes related to industrial design. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, realism and making multiple function prototypes. Workshop practice and safety are emphasized. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 212.
  • MARI 335 Marine Design Studio I
     

    MARI 335

    Marine Design Studio I
    This course allows students to investigate the design issues associated with boating while undertaking studio assignments intended to teach the fundamental skills necessary to design various types of boats. Emphasis is placed on research, user needs, and the development of hull forms, exteriors and interiors for a variety of boat design styles and uses, from utility to sailing power. Prerequisite(s): (FURN 200 or IDUS 212), (FURN 232 or IDUS 213 or INDS 204), MARI 302.
  • MARI 340 Marine Design Studio II
     

    MARI 340

    Marine Design Studio II
    In this course, students consider complex issues and conflicting criteria when solving marine design problems. Students are expected to apply their project skills and technical knowledge to formulate design solutions that are visually appealing and functional. Prerequisite(s): MARI 335.
  • IDUS 355 Sensory Awareness
     

    IDUS 355

    Sensory Awareness
    Humans perceive their environments with all of the senses. This course seeks to incorporate that understanding into the design process to provide an understanding of the sensory nature of products and their environments as a whole. Through a sequence of design projects, students learn to consider and anticipate human sensory, perceptional and cognitive abilities. Students work through the product development cycle, gaining an understanding of users’ needs and desires based on acquired sensational knowledge and learn to incorporate that knowledge into the design process for clients, engineers, marketers and other stakeholders. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 221.
  • IDUS 360 Advanced Product Rendering
     

    IDUS 360

    Advanced Product Rendering
    Students develop the skills necessary to prepare high quality design presentations in mixed media. The course builds on the knowledge and skills developed in earlier courses. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 250.
  • IACT 370 Information Architecture
     

    IACT 370

    Information Architecture
    This course provides an overview of an important graphic and interaction design specialty and includes selected studio projects that emphasize visual problem solving. Students are expected to learn to translate complex data into clear, visually dynamic solutions. Types of data can include statistical content, representing sequences that occur in space and time. This course complements study in topics of corporate communications systems, as well as publication, wayfinding and webpage design. Prerequisite(s): IACT 315.
  • IACT 375 Perceptual and Cognitive Human Factors
     

    IACT 375

    Perceptual and Cognitive Human Factors
    This course explores the physical, psychological and behavioral characteristics of humans. Through a series of lectures and projects, this information is applied to interaction design to develop usable, desirable and effective products. The course builds on and applies theories and methods studied in Human/Computer Interaction. Prerequisite(s): IACT 315.

400 Level

  • IDUS 401 Prototype Project Conceptualization
     

    IDUS 401

    Prototype Project Conceptualization
    This is the first in a three-quarter sequence covering the research, design and construction of a full-scale working prototype. In this course, students working in a team environment research user needs, human factors, aesthetic issues, manufacturing requirements and market demands to identify user needs and product opportunities. Teams use brainstorming and other ideation methodologies to produce and develop numerous design concepts. Students work with industry partners to gain a deep understanding of issues related to the project concept. Student designs are developed through final concept and full-scale mockup. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 321.
  • IDUS 402 Prototype Project Construction
     

    IDUS 402

    Prototype Project Construction
    This is the second in a three-quarter sequence covering the research, design and construction of a full-scale working prototype. In this course, students begin to translate their design concepts into the major systems of the working prototype. Mass production and assembly issues impact the design and must be resolved by students. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 321.
  • IDUS 410 Industrial Design Innovation
     

    IDUS 410

    Industrial Design Innovation
    This course explores the methods of identifying and developing inventive solutions to a wide range of design problems. Students are presented with design problems concerning user and function, which require them to develop the skills to devise, test and experiment with new design directions and solutions. The course also covers the means of protecting design ideas. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 314.
  • IDUS 421 Commercial Practices for Industrial Design
     

    IDUS 421

    Commercial Practices for Industrial Design
    Students undertake projects that investigate a broad range of design, marketing and production issues. Project time scales are extended, the need to undertake research is emphasized, and overall project management skills are accentuated. Students are introduced to market-related design issues, product ranging and the key influences in a selection of product series, as well as issues of patent law, project planning and contract negotiation. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 321.
  • IDUS 431 Industrial Design Senior Studio
     

    IDUS 431

    Industrial Design Senior Studio
    In this final studio, students are required to apply all their skills to develop a product of their selection. Under supervision, students are expected to demonstrate control of all aspects of the design process. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 421.
  • IACT 435 Interaction Design Studio
     

    IACT 435

    Interaction Design Studio
    Students undertake work that presents complex interaction design problems and propose their own design briefs for a major piece of work. Design work is developed and prototypes are created within the time frame of the course. The project offers students an opportunity to synthesize understanding and method in interaction design. Prerequisite(s): IACT 375.
  • IDUS 471 Industrial Design Senior Studio I: Research and Ideation
     

    IDUS 471

    Industrial Design Senior Studio I: Research and Ideation
    In this first of a sequence of two senior studios, students are required to apply all their skills to develop a comprehensive design structure for a product of their selection. Under supervision, students are expected to demonstrate control of all aspects of the design project management, research and ideation process. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 421.
  • IDUS 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    IDUS 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • MARI 480 Marine Design Final Project
     

    MARI 480

    Marine Design Final Project
    This course is the culmination of the marine design minor. Students working on advanced designs for the marine industry demonstrate an understanding of naval architecture and engineering, an understanding of designing and building with composites, and a keen sense of aesthetics for a particular segment of the marine market. Projects vary by students but must meet the approval of the professor. Students may also undertake team projects or sponsored projects that meet the objectives of the course. Prerequisite(s): MARI 340.
  • IDUS 491 Industrial Design Senior Studio II: Development and Communication
     

    IDUS 491

    Industrial Design Senior Studio II: Development and Communication
    Students create a capstone artifact for present and future markets. They engage in the developmental and communication phases of the design process in order to cultivate critical and creative skills. The course culminates in a highly innovative well-designed artifact, a professional presentation and a process book that showcases creative design process implemented during the project. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 471.
  • IDUS 495 Special Topics in Industrial Design
     

    IDUS 495

    Special Topics in Industrial Design
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of industrial design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

500 Level

  • IDUS 501 Design in Context
     

    IDUS 501

    Design in Context
    The ability to apply appropriate design techniques is vital in professional practice. This course provides the essential skills and tools to develop and visualize concepts and ideas in both two and three dimensions. This course provides students with a range of design challenges that enable them to prepare and present comprehensive solutions. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • IACT 701 Theory of Interaction Design
     

    IACT 701

    Theory of Interaction Design
    This lecture-based course presents various readings from writers within the field of interaction design and related disciplines. Material covered includes case studies, methodologies and discourse relating to this complicated and highly theoretical field. Prerequisite(s):
  • IDUS 711 Methods of Contextual Research Course is available via eLearning
     

    IDUS 711

    Methods of Contextual Research
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course presents the techniques necessary to conduct relevant and useful research of a novel domain in context. Students are expected to gain knowledge and expertise to contribute to the design process in user-centered products and systems in which user, goals and task needs are given primary importance. The course covers interviews, focus groups, contextual inquiry and design, surveys and questionnaires, and the creation of new and novel research techniques. Prerequisite(s):
  • IDUS 713 Industrial Design Studio I
     

    IDUS 713

    Industrial Design Studio I
    This studio requires students to undertake a project that focuses on more than one stand-alone product. Students are expected to acquire the ability to research and assimilate the design needs of a client and become skilled at placing their own designs within those parameters. Students are required to formulate concept proposals that establish and lead to new design directions. Prerequisite(s):
  • IDUS 718 Industrial Design Studio II
     

    IDUS 718

    Industrial Design Studio II
    Students apply advanced design methodology and management techniques by designing two products simultaneously. Students must consider not only the key components in the current designs, but must also propose future improvements based on possible technological advances. Students research technical feasibility and user requirements, as well as constructing prototypes, models and components to test the manufacturability or functionality of their proposals. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 713, SDES 704.
  • IACT 720 Interactive Product Design Process
     

    IACT 720

    Interactive Product Design Process
    This course looks at the visionary, futuristic aspects of interactive products. These products can be both physical and digital. The course investigates the closing gap between the two embodiments and encourages a poetic, experiential attitude towards interactive product design. Prerequisite(s): IACT 701.
  • IDUS 723 Computer Modeling
     

    IDUS 723

    Computer Modeling
    This course addresses industry interest in product simulation using high-end, 3-D computer software. The course explores product modeling and assembling simulation and analyzes their application to the design process. Computer graphics are used as a communication tool for newly developed products. Prerequisite(s):
  • IACT 731 Information Architecture for Designers
     

    IACT 731

    Information Architecture for Designers
    This course provides an overview of a graphic and interaction design subspecialty and includes selected studio projects that emphasize visual problem-solving. Students learn to translate complex data into clear, visually dynamic solutions. Types of data include statistical content, representing sequences occurring in space and time. This course complements study in topics of corporate communication systems, as well as publication, way-finding and webpage design. Prerequisite(s): IACT 701.
  • IDUS 733 Entrepreneurship for Designers
     

    IDUS 733

    Entrepreneurship for Designers
    This course presents the principles of leadership and project planning critical to forming a profitable, successful new business entity based on an existing original product concept. Business plan development is discussed, as well as core financial business strategies toward the end of achieving innovation in the marketplace. In this course, students are exposed to the process of developing original concepts into actual manufactured, marketed and sold products. Prerequisite(s): FASH 716 or FIBR 719 or FURN 713 or IDUS 713.
  • IDUS 748 Industrial Design M.A. Final Project
     

    IDUS 748

    Industrial Design M.A. Final Project
    In this final studio, M.A. students apply all their skills to develop a product concept that addresses a unique set of needs through an understanding of the consumer and the market. With the collaboration of the supervising professor, students must demonstrate command of all aspects of the design process, from the application of original research findings to the creation of a marketing and production strategy for a product of their choosing. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 718 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • IDUS 755 Directed Studies in Industrial Design I: Research
     

    IDUS 755

    Directed Studies in Industrial Design I: Research
    In association with the professor, students formulate an advanced project study brief in an area of their particular interest. Students refine their design methodology and conceptualization skills while developing in-depth technical knowledge within their chosen specialty. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 713.
  • IDUS 763 Graduate Seminar in Methodology
     

    IDUS 763

    Graduate Seminar in Methodology
    This course prepares students to formulate original frameworks of thought and methodologies of the design process based on influential writings in design, aesthetics and business theory. Through structured discussions, presentations and documents, students develop and test theories and models of design thinking, innovation and its value in the real world of design management, practice, critical review, education, and public service. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 718.
  • IDUS 765 Directed Studies in Industrial Design II: Advanced Innovative Methodologies
     

    IDUS 765

    Directed Studies in Industrial Design II: Advanced Innovative Methodologies
    Students must formulate a second advanced project brief in a field of study of their choosing, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of design methodology and project management. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 755.
  • IDUS 770 Professional Practices in Industrial Design
     

    IDUS 770

    Professional Practices in Industrial Design
    This course serves as a forum to discuss and prepare for the concerns of the professional world. Emphasis is placed on budgeting skills, portfolio preparation, presentation refinement and professional practices, including ethical issues related to the profession. Prerequisite(s): DMGT 706 or IDUS 713.
  • IDUS 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    IDUS 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • IDUS 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    IDUS 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • IDUS 780 Special Topics in Industrial Design
     

    IDUS 780

    Special Topics in Industrial Design
    This course provides an opportunity for students to focus on particular issues in the field or to study advanced techniques and processes. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic. Prerequisite(s):
  • IDUS 790 Industrial Design M.F.A. Thesis
     

    IDUS 790

    Industrial Design M.F.A. Thesis
    All industrial design M.F.A. students are required to prepare an original thesis that researches an area of their particular interest. The thesis culminates in a written submission, in conjunction with a conclusive exhibition of research as applied to a specified product design. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 765 and completion of the review for candidacy.