Industrial Design

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Female student

About this program

Develop creative solutions to everyday needs. Put a fresh twist on the tried-and-true or invent an original product that’s 100% your own. In the Industrial Design program, you’ll explore functionality, ergonomics, and aesthetics. Learn how to express concepts using rendering software. Ready to flex your creativity? Channel your ingenuity and bring innovative ideas to life? With a degree in Industrial Design, you’ll learn how to do exactly that.   

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First & Only B.S. Degree of Its Kind in PA

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Average Class Size


  • Industrial designers
  • Interaction designers
  • Environmental designers

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Industrial Design (BIX110)
  • Visual Literacy for Designers (ART107)
  • Model Building (BIX130)
  • Design and Color (ART109)
  • Two-Dimensional Design (ART102)
  • Ergonomics and Kinesiology (BIX220)
  • Computer Graphics I (ART270)
  • Drawing (ART180)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design (ART202)
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles (BIX231)
  • Design Studio 1 (BIX331)
  • Directed Industrial Design Elective (BIX)
  • Industrial Design Applications (BIX340)
  • Modern Art and the Contemporary Image (ART330)
  • Industrial Design Elective 300-400 Level (BIZ)
  • Design Studio 2 (BIX401)
  • Senior Project (BIX495)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey (BIO103)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using SolidWorks® (CAD124)
  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair (MTT221)
  • Art History: Ancient through 15th Century (ART125)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT113)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Principles of Marketing (MKT240)
  • Technology and Society (HIS262)
  • Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control (MET319)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Business Statistics (MTH157)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Featured Video

All Signs Point to Success

Cory Karges is the design manager for the company responsible for much of the creative signage at Universal and Disney, such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, an immersive coaster experience added to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal.

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Engineering Inspiration

Penn College alums Jeff Feeman, and Frank Carr, engineer inspiration for thousands of spectators every year at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA - one of the top three theatre destinations in the United States. 

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Tomorrow Maker in Action

As part of her senior project, Elizabeth Snedeker redesigned a common, yet troublesome surgical instrument used for partial-knee replacements. Her design has impressed a prominent orthopedic surgeon, as well as the maker of the current extractor tool.

Student Experience

"Penn College was definitely a great fit for me. The hands-on part was what really led me there, and getting that experience led me to where I am today." 

Jeffrey Feeman, Scenic Drafter, Sight & Sound Theatre

Meet Jeffrey


Industrial Design Studio

Perfect your drawings and bring concepts to life in our collaborative studio space. Complete with a model shop and work benches, the studio is used for lab and available outside of class for project work.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

John Deere
Sight & Sound Theatre
Ascensia Diabetes Care

Your knowledge in practice

Hanna Williams grew up on a farm with soil on her boots and a love of John Deere in her blood. After a life-changing car accident inspired her to seize the day, she decided to pursue industrial design at Penn College. Her can-do spirit earned her an internship at John Deere, an invaluable experience that landed her a full-time engineering position with the company.

Meet Hanna


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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Student constructs his future at K'NEX

Some people spend a lifetime searching for that elusive “dream job.” Thomas Proske spent a summer experiencing his, thanks to an internship at a prominent toy maker.

Meet Thomas

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists (SIMS)

SIMS supports the creative design of products, systems, and environments. This organization encourages innovation, creation, wonderment, and fun in pursuit of whimsy and functionality through the active participation in design competitions, events, and projects.

Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD)

SWORD allows students to learn and enhance valuable skills in design and manufacturing situations, project management, business presentations, graphics and web design, and computer applications. As part of the club, students build a vehicle to compete in a Design Series competition.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Penn College students earn industry certifications

Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their workforce acumen by earning industry certifications related to computer ...


Penn College student creates board game for senior project

An industrial design student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has “rolled the dice” with his senior project. And his move ...


All ‘signs’ point to Penn College grad’s success

Walking amid the collage of colors highlighting attractions and the buzz of anticipation emanating from thousands of patrons, ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

Prior to beginning the third year of study, students must demonstrate proficiency in designing creative, practical products. Specifically, students must demonstrate the ability to sketch design concepts and to assess their feasibility based on engineering, marketing, and manufacturing constraints. These proficiencies will be demonstrated by earning grades of a 'C' or better in the following courses: BIX 110, BIX 220, and ART 109. Students must also meet the minimum GPA requirements established by the College's Academic Probation policy.

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College as explained on the Transfer to Penn College web page. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Dr. John H Bailey, Jr., M.D., Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Mr. Phillip J Black, Vice President, EOS Energy Storage
  • Mr. Paul W Boxmeyer, Director, Lycoming Robotics Learning Resource Lab
  • Ms. Merry R Constantino, IDSA, Founder & Principal Industrial Designer, ProductLogic
  • Mr. Dan Doorley, President, EDGE
  • Dr. Joetta Gobell, Director, Research, Frank N. Magid Assoc., Inc.
  • Ms. Anna L Griffith, CEO & Co-Founder, Discovery Machine Inc.
  • Mr. Douglas R Miller, Sr., Vice President, Toy, Asia, Kids II
  • Mr. Ian Proud, Director of Research, Playworld Systems, Inc.
  • Ms. Georgene Rada, VP Product Development/Design Travelgoods, US Luggage/Briggs & Riley Travelware