College of Science & Engineering

Industrial Design

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The industrial design program prepares graduates to begin working as practicing designers in corporate, consulting, or entrepreneurial positions.  It is a Bachelor of Science degree accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Industrial design students are taught problem solving methodologies, marketing principles, usability research, drawing skills, three dimensional model-making techniques, materials, form theory, color application, manufacturing processes, ergonomics, and design principles.
Logos of: Specialized, HTC, Transition Bicycle Company, Hasbro, Burton Snowboard, Pensar. Roxy, Fluke, Artefact, Nike, Microsfot, Oculus, Dakine, SonoSite, Cascade Designs, intel, Boeing, Expedia, XBOX, Astro, Siemens, GE, HP, Kohler, Teague, MSR. Tactile

Professionally focused

In Western's Industrial Design program 97% of its graduates working in industrial design or related design fields. Our alumni are professional designers at Nike, HP, Mountain Hardwear, Specialized Bicycles, Sonosite, Microsoft XBox, .Ziba, Burton, Dakine, Intel, Boeing, Pensar, GE, Transition, Intermec, 3M, Proteus, Gillette, Expedia, Valve, Tactile, MSR, TEAGUE, Cascade Designs, Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast, Astro, and many more.


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Award winning

The Class of 2018 received a Gold Award from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for their Future of Connected Tools design with Milwaukee Tool and Anvil Studios. 

The Class of 2018 was awarded the Student Design Open Category by Gray Magazine for their Cube^3 modular housing design.

Industrial Design senior of the year, Mauricio Romano, won the IDSA Western Student Merit Award 2015, beating the best seniors from the entire Western US.

Industrial Design Prof. Del King was awarded the prestigious IDSA Educator of the Year at the 2011 IDSA International Conference.

Jolee Nebert ’16 won Grand Prize and the Innovation award for her design of a microkitchen. She was featured in the New York Times and the Seattle Times for her work.


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Globe Trotting

A few days after graduation, Jolee Nebert flew to Paris to work for Adok on their augmented reality project. She then became Chief Industrial Designer of Adok in San Francisco. Jolee was the Industrial Design Outstanding Senior of the Year 2016.


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The Industrial Design program is different than other schools in that it is housed in the Engineering & Design Department. This means that we have access to amazing manufacturing facilities. CNC, waterjet cutters, laser cutter, FDM 3D printing, composites lab, injection molders, extruders, milling machines, welding, CNC routers, paint booths and all of the standard shop equipment that you need to make anything you can imagine. 


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The ID faculty have professional design experience and bring that perspective to the classroom. Prof. King was CEO of TEAGUE, the largest design firm in the Pacific Northwest. Professor Morris was Principal of Tool, Inc. a consulting firm in the Boston area. Professor Oslapas was a designer at Haworth Office Furniture in Illinois. Instructor Aiken is an active designer.


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Apply – entrance portfolio

The Industrial Design program at Western Washington University requires an Entrance Portfolio submission in order to declare a major in Industrial Design. This helps to determine a candidate's potential for success within the program.  Learn more about the requirements here.


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