What do Industrial designers do?
They develop creative solutions to human needs, whether these are in the form of physical products or user experiences.
What special abilities should a designer have?
They must be creative, inventive and curious. Your industrial design studies will take these innate abilities and couple them to applied studies. Creative expression is the core of the program and aesthetic sensitivity is required. However, rendering skills are taught and computer rendering makes concept development more approachable to everyone.
Where might I work?
Wherever innovation is needed! Employment opportunities exist at companies connected with large consumer oriented or specialty products as well as design consultancies.
How does industrial design differ from engineering?
It is concerned with functionality, ergonomics and aesthetics more than engineering analyses. However, industrial designers can work with engineers to produce a finished product.
Can I transfer from another program?
Because design is interdisciplinary, the industrial design program provides a good opportunity for students wishing to transfer from other disciplines. Many academic minors are available that reflect the broad approaches applicable to design.
How does Penn Colleges program differ from other programs?
Penn College includes study of ergonomics, engineering and manufacturing. The program allows for concentrations in areas of student interest. In addition, Penn College is focused on hands on, practical application of knowledge.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
This is the first (and only) B.S. degree of its kind in Pennsylvania.
To prepare students to become designers of marketable products and systems, the curriculum offers an interdisciplinary study of design that integrates:
- Material science
- Social sciences (psychology)
Graduates of this program would obtain jobs in the following areas: industrial design, interaction design/human factors design, environmental design, and packaging design.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for commercial and industrial designers was $66,590 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $108,040.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Specialized Design Services||3,520||$33.50||$69,670|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||2,960||$40.72||$84,690|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||2,740||$39.35||$81,840|
|Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)||2,440||$34.65||$72,070|
|Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing||1,560||$31.72||$65,980|
Statistics reported in May 2018
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.
Transfer students are welcome!
Students with previous college experience related to art, engineering, or product design may be eligible for transfer into this program.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Clubs & Activities
Industrial Design Advisory Committee
- 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
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.