Industrial Design

Industrial Design Student Work

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design prepares graduates to begin working as practicing designers in corporate, consulting, or entrepreneurial positions. Western’s Industrial Design program requires a completion of a total of 185 quarter credit hours. Due to the intense nature of studio courses and the quantity of requirements, the period of education can generally be expected to stretch beyond four years, and admission into the upper-division program is competitive. Early advising is critical for a timely graduation.

Industrial design students are taught problem solving methodologies, marketing principles, usability research, drawing skills (both by hand and by computer), three dimensional model-making techniques, materials, three-dimensional form theory, color application, manufacturing processes, ergonomics, and design theory. These skills are applied in the design of many new and innovative products which eventually comprise the student's portfolio. The Industrial Design program requires long hours of concentrated effort and skill, especially in the upper division courses.

"Our work is grounded by working in close relation to engineers instead of an artistic focus.  The college's liberal structure means we take a spectrum of classes which broaden our education in stead of focusing it.  The program puts us under pressures that teaches us our abilities."

- Geoff Henkel, Senior,  Industrial Design

Visit the Industrial Design program site for additional program information.

The Industrial Design program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). To learn more about NASAD and their accreditation, visit