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.   

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Specialized Learning Labs

#1

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

17

Average Class Size

Careers

  • Industrial designers
  • Interaction designers
  • Environmental designers
Courses

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 & Color (ART109)
  • Two-Dimensional Design (ART102)
  • Ergonomics & Kinesiology (BIX220)
  • Computer Graphics I (ART270)
  • Drawing (ART180)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design (ART202)
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles (BIX231)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using SolidWorks® (CAD124)
  • Art History: Ancient through 15th Century (ART125)
  • Design Studio 1 (BIX331)
  • Directed Industrial Design Elective (BIX)
  • Industrial Design Applications (BIX340)
  • Principles of Marketing (MKT240)
  • Modern Art & the Contemporary Image (ART330)
  • Industrial Design Elective 300-400 Level (BIZ)
  • Design Studio 2 (BIX401)
  • Lean Manufacturing & Quality Control (MET319)
  • 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.

  • Visual Literacy for Designers (ART107)
  • Design & Color (ART109)
  • Two-Dimensional Design (ART102)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Survey (BIO103)
  • Computer Graphics I (ART270)
  • Drawing (ART180)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design (ART202)
  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication & Repair (MTT223)
  • Art History: Ancient through 15th Century (ART125)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Modern Art & the Contemporary Image (ART330)
  • History of Technology & Society (HIS262)

​​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 & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Business Statistics (MTH157)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Learn From Experts

What is industrial design?

What is industrial design? Tom Ask, industrial design professor tackles this and the most asked questions about this career path. Learn how you can innovate tomorrow with creative solutions to everyday needs. Whether it's a new product or a fresh twist on an old design, you'll learn how to bring design ideas to life.

Maker Profiles
Alum and Student Stories

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.

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. 

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.

Senior Projects

During the final semester, students complete a capstone project that focuses on the design of a product or system of their choice. Check out the latest senior projects! 

Diorama for a new game design 

Diorama for a new game design 

Designed by Alexander Geyer

Redesign of electric guitar

Redesign of electric guitar

Designed by Andrew Goth               

Guitar redesign - finished product

Guitar redesign - finished product

Designed by Andrew Goth

Toy Design

Toy Design

Designed by Ben Pace                        

Hiking boot for Brazilian market

Hiking boot for Brazilian market

Designed by Graham Burnett           

Immersive exercise equipment for paraplegics 

Immersive exercise equipment for paraplegics 

Designed by Jon Ditto

Testing training system on scent dog

Testing training system on scent dog

Designed by Nina Hadden

Ethnographically based surgical tool design

Ethnographically based surgical tool design

Designed by Elizabeth Snedekker                    

Fitness watch with tactile interfaces 

Fitness watch with tactile interfaces 

Designed by Andrew Goth                

Mechanical keyboard with tactile and acoustic design 

Mechanical keyboard with tactile and acoustic design 

Designed by Graham Burnett           

School desk design for El Salvador 

School desk design for El Salvador 

Designed by Ben Pace                     

Internals of training system showing microcontroller and custom designed impellers

Internals of training system showing microcontroller and custom designed impellers

Designed by Nina Hadden

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Sep 10

Open House

Saturday, September 108:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Sep 23

Open House

Friday, September 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 9

Open House

Sunday, October 98:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 28

Open House

Friday, October 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 5

Open House

Saturday, November 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 18

Open House

Friday, November 188:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

Industrial Design Studio
Facilities

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
GE
Internship

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

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

Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

 Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists (SIMS)

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)

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

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.

News
07.29.2022

Part-time college faculty member earns statewide honor

An adjunct member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s industrial design faculty – a Williamsport Area High School ...

05.18.2022

Penn College students obtain valuable industry certifications

More than 40 Pennsylvania College of Technology students obtained valuable industry certifications related to engineering design ...

11.17.2021

As design class tours, gallery again proves curricular relevance

Product design was the object of exploration for industrial design students visiting The Gallery at Penn College on Wednesday ...

Gain global experience
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.

View general transfer information

View the Industrial Design Tool List

Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.

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., Orthopaedic Surgeon, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Mr. Phillip J Black, Vice President, EOS Energy Storage
  • Mr. Paul W Boxmeyer, Director, Lycoming Robotics Learning Resource Lab
  • 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, Engineering Innovation Manager, Bucknell University Small Business Development Center
  • Ms. Georgene Rada, VP Product Development/Design Travelgoods, US Luggage/Briggs & Riley Travelware