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2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Industrial Design
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 cooperative work experiences. The co-op experience reinforces curricular goals and accelerates an understanding of 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 four-year program, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Bind Freshman Review

A portfolio is not required for admission into 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.

Degree Details

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.

Departmental Grade Requirements

  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). Students who do not meet this requirement will either transfer to a different degree program or repeat selected courses from the freshman year.
  2. Students in the BIND program must also maintain a minimum program GPA of 2.5 for all DSGN and INDS courses by the end of the sophomore year (spring semester) 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:

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 (3 Credits)
  • DSGN1100, Design Magic (2 Credits)
  • DSGN1200, Color & Composition (4 Credits)
  • INDS1000, Industrial Design Studio 1 (4 Credits)
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below * (4 Credits)

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

  • INDS1500, Industrial Design Studio 2 (4 Credits)
  • INDS1750, Visual Communication (4 Credits)
  • INDS1850, Visualization 2: Advanced Perspective (3 Credits)
  • MATH1020, Plane and Solid Geometry (4 Credits)
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below * (4 Credits)

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

  • INDS2000, Industrial Design Studio 3 (4 Credits)
  • INDS2350, Visualization 3: Drawing and Thinking (3 Credits)
  • INDS2300, 3D Realization 1 (4 Credits)
  • PHYS1010, Conceptual Physics (4 Credits)
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * (4 Credits)

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • INDS2500, Industrial Design Studio 4 (4 Credits)
  • INDS2600, CAD 1: Surface Modeling (3 Credits)
  • INDS2800, 3D Realization 2 (4 Credits)
  • INDS2850, Visualization 4: Presentation Illustration (3 Credits)
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * (4 Credits)

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

  • INDS3000, Industrial Design Studio 5 (4 Credits)
  • INDS3200, 
Human Factors in Design (3 Credits)
  • INDS3100, CAD2: Solid Modeling (3 Credits)
  • INDS3300, Information Architecture 1 (3 Credits)
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * (4 Credits)

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 14)

  • INDS3500, Industrial Design Studio 6 (4 Credits)
  • INDS3600, Manufacturing in Design (3 Credits)
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *(4 Credits)
  • ELECTIVE, Technical (3 Credits)

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • INDS4000, Industrial Design Studio 7 (4 Credits)
  • INDS4300, Information Architecture 2 (3 Credits)
  • INDS4011, Design Perspectives: Topics in History (4 Credits)
  • INDS5000, Research: Senior Studies (3 Credits)
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below * (4 Credits)

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 14)

  • INDS4500, Business in Design (3 Credits)
  • INDS4750, Senior Seminar (3 Credits)
  • INDS5500, Senior Studies (4 Credits)
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below * (4 Credits)

ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete at least:  

  • One course in Humanities  
  • One course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category 

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.   For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Of the six listed humanities and social science electives, BIND students must include the following HSS Directed Electives:

  • A Design History Elective
  • An Art History Elective
  • PSYC/SOCL Elective   


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 – 3 Credits
  • INDSXXXX: Industrial Design Studio (student’s choice) – 4 Credits
  • INDS3200: Human Factors in Design – 4 Credits
  • Shop Safety Workshop (10 hours evening/weekends)

Elective Courses

  • DSGN1100: Design Magic – 2 Credits
  • HISTXXXX: Design History – 4 Credits
  • INDS4300: Information Architecture 2  - 3 Credits
  • INDS4500: Business in Design - 3 Credits