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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Industrial Design Department

Sam Montague, IDSA, Chair
Annex South Room 101E


Assistant Professor 

  • Derek Cascio, IDSA 
  • Carlos Villamil, IDSA

Associate Professors 

  • Robert Meszaros, AIGA 
  • Jeffrey Michael, IDSA 
  • Nick Ortolino, CAA 
  • Sam Montague, IDSA 
  • Simon Williamson, IDSA 

Department Vision and Mission Statement

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 human values and needs into creative solutions to improve the world we live in. 

Degree Program

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, which 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 Sophomore Review 

A portfolio is not required for admission into the Industrial Design Program (BIND). However, BIND students must maintain a minimum program GPA of 2.5 for all DSGN and INDS courses (49 credits) by the end of the sophomore year (spring semester) in order to advance into the junior year. Students who do not meet this requirement can either transfer to a different degree program or repeat selected courses from the BIND program sophomore year.

To assess student accomplishment during the freshman and sophomore year, each student will take part in a comprehensive exhibition of design projects (in DSGN and INDS courses) at the end of each spring semester. The intent of the exhibit is to gauge students’ success in their respective classes for 

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.

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)

Day program students are required to complete:  

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

Students with a three-English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.   

Of the six 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
Course Course Name Credits
DSGN1010 Drawing and Thinking for Product Development 3
INDS2990 Industrial Design Studio for Non-Majors (student’s choice) 4
INDS3200 Human Factors in Design 4
  Shop Safety Workshop (10 hours evening/weekends)  
Elective Courses
Course Course Name Credits
DSGN1100 Design Magic 2
HIST3800 Design History 4
INDS4300 Information Architecture 2 3
INDS4500 Business in Design 3

Total Credits for Minor (minimum): 17