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2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Industrial Design Department

Sam Montague, IDSA, Chair

Annex South, Room 204


The Department of Industrial Design prepares students to be thoughtful and creative problem-solvers. Through studio-focused, project-based learning, industrial design students develop empathy and understanding of the world around them, translating peoples’ values and needs into creative solutions to improve the world we live in.


Industrial Design (BIND)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

Professional industrial designers (product designers) work at the intersection of art, business, and technology to provide innovative vision for companies, services, and individuals. Using research and experience as catalysts, designers translate our psychological and social desires and aspirations into improved products and systems for better enjoyment of our world.

As a graduate, you will have opportunities to create products for all levels of production. Areas of possibility include consumer electronics, education, toys, sports, medical equipment, footwear, house wares, furniture, and exhibit design. Many graduates begin their careers immediately, designing either as a consultant, or as an in-house designer for some of the nation’s leading brands. As they continue to grow professionally, graduates often end up in leadership roles within their respective companies, making top-level decisions as a design director or creative manager.

Much of your educational experience will consist of experiential project-based studios, as well as courses in drawing, model making, manufacturing technologies (such as computer-aided design and rapid prototyping), user research, and design history. Classroom and studio experiences are complemented by two required co-ops that reinforce curricular goals and help bridge the gap between student development and professional practice. A one-semester study abroad program in Europe is offered in the junior year that includes all courses to continue on track for graduation. Students apply for study abroad in the fall of the junior year; the program accepts a limited number of students.

Wentworth’s Industrial Design program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. It is a fully accredited four-year program by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Industrial Design educational experience includes a cooperative work program in which students are required to spend two semesters working as an intern in the professional design field.


A portfolio is not required for admission to the freshman year. However, Industrial Design students are required to meet the following criteria by the end of spring semester of the freshman year in order to advance into the sophomore year:

  • Successful completion of all freshman DSGN and INDS courses (24 credits).
  • Maintain an overall 2.5 GPA in all DSGN and INDS courses.
  • Create a comprehensive exhibition of design projects and assignments created in the freshman DSGN and INDS courses. The intent of the exhibit is to gauge students’ relative success in their respective classes for program assessment and advising purposes


Total credits for degree: 136

This is a four-year program, which begins in the fall semester of the student’s first year and is planned to end after the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate for information regarding the English sequence and the Humanities and Social Science elective requirement.


  1. Students in the BIND program must achieve a minimum program GPA of 2.5 for all DSGN and INDS courses by the end of the freshman year (spring semester).
  2. Students in the BIND program must also achieve a minimum program GPA of 2.5 for all DSGN and INDS courses in order to advance to the junior year. Students who do not meet this requirement will either transfer to a different degree program or repeat selected courses from the sophomore year.
  3. The Industrial Design Department has a special grade requirement that applies to all design studio courses from the sophomore year onward. Students in the BIND degree program must comply with the following design studio grade requirement:

Final grade must be C or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a C.

Students who receive a final grade below C for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the program until they successfully repeat the 2nd studio for which they received a sub-standard grade.

Industrial Design

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

DSGN1000, Visualization 1/Drawing 1
DSGN1200, Color & Composition
DSGN1100, Design Magic
INDS1000, Industrial Design Studio 1
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

INDS1750, Visual Communication
INDS1850, Visualization 2: Advanced Perspective
INDS1500, Industrial Design Studio 2
MATH211, Plane and Solid Geometry
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

INDS2350, Visualization 3: Drawing and Thinking
INDS2300, 3D Realization 1
INDS2000, Industrial Design Studio 3
PHYS1010, Conceptual Physics
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

INDS2600, CAD 1: Surface Modeling
INDS2850, Visualization 4: Presentation Illustration
INDS2800, 3D Realization 2
INDS2500, Industrial Design Studio 4
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

Human Factors in Design
INDS3100, CAD2: Solid Modeling
INDS3300, Information Architecture 1
INDS3000, Industrial Design Studio 5
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 14)

INDS3600, Manufacturing in Design
INDS3500, Industrial Design Studio 6
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science
ELECTIVE, Technical

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

INDS4300, Information Architecture 2
INDS4000, Industrial Design Studio 7
INDS4011, Design Perspectives: Topics in History
INDS5000, Research: Senior Studies
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 14)

INDS4500, Business in Design
INDS4750, Senior Seminar
INDS5500, Senior Studies
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Note: to fulfill the Industrial Design Department’s degree requirements, students need to take an elective class in Design History and Art History offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Industrial Design is a creative profession engaged in developing new products and ideas for people. It involves the integration of art, technology, and business in order to translate people’s needs, desires, and aspirations into tangible, highly refined solutions. To develop new ideas, designers employ a creative methodology called “Design Thinking.” Design thinking is not magic. It is a powerful conceptual strategy that enables people to develop innovative products and services for a wide variety of industries—from digital devices to healthcare.

The minor in Industrial Design introduces students to the creative processes and techniques designers use to develop and communicate innovative ideas. Coursework includes studio and project-based classes that immerse students in the creative culture of design and augment the coursework in their major.

To complete the minor, students must complete all three core courses and a safety workshop, and at least six credits of elective coursework. In addition to the listed electives, all classes in the Industrial Design curriculum are available as electives per approval by the department chair.

Core Courses

DSGN1010, Drawing and Thinking for Product Development
INDS XXXX, Industrial Design Studio (student’s choice)
INDS3200, Human Factors in Design
Shop Safety Workshop (10 hours evening/weekends)

Elective Courses

DSGN1100, Design Magic
HISTXXXX, Design History
INDS4300, Information Architecture 2
INDS4500, Business in Design

Minimum credits for minor: 17