Introduction to Industrial Design

BIX110

Introduction to industrial design techniques, aesthetic concepts, and practical rendering skills. Integration of aesthetics, ergonomics, material selection, and safety principles into product design. Creative solutions to design problems using two and three dimensional renderings in sketches, clay models, and optional castings of designs. (Formerly BID 110) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Model Building

BIX130

Techniques for model making and building physical models in different media. Integration of aesthetics, ergonomics, and functionality into a design using sheet, soft material, and casting. Modeling materials will include polystyrene plastic, foam core, clay, foam blocks, clay and various casting materials. Texture and painting effects on models, including furniture, vehicles, and consumer products. Introduction of design by physical, real time creation. (Formerly BID 130) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab)

Ergonomics and Kinesiology

BIX220

Study of human factors as they relate to design. Advanced study of ergonomic and kinesiologic principles, including anthropometry, size variations in individuals and groups, reach, hand articulation, human movement, seating, posture, nerves and circulation, sight parameters, thresholds of hearing vibration, and psychometrics. Overview of end-user psychology and the relationship of design interfaces to physical, semantic, and cultural constraints.  3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIX110.

Mechanical Engineering Principles

BIX231

Principles of material mechanics, engineering, safety, and sustainable design. Topics include material stress and strain relationships, thermal expansion, vibration, fatigue, corrosion, buckling, failure analysis, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics, as well as an introduction to various mechanical drives and linkages. Focus on the design integration of product safety, intrinsically safe designs and regulatory issues related to safety with additional emphasis on sustainable design, considering embodied energy and product life cycle.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIX110 and MTH160 or BIX110 and MTH153.

Design Studio 1

BIX331

Applied computer skills, including the use of computer aided industrial design (CAID), image editing, and project management software to develop complex visual depictions of form, to edit and composite images, and to develop design project schedules. Focus on effective digital modeling and experience with a variety of industrial and interaction design software. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIX110 and CSC124.

Industrial Design Applications

BIX340

Investigation of a range of design approaches and case studies related to toy design, consumer product design, medical product and mechanical systems designs, product packaging design, and interaction design. Topics include brand management, project management, model making and portfolio development.  3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIX110 and BIX230 or BIX110 and BIX231.

Industrial Design Internship

BIX350

Practical work experience in the industrial and interaction design discipline (minimum 225 hours). Course requirements include pre-determined, work-related objectives that have been mutually established by the student, a faculty adviser, and the employer. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship) Prerequisite(s): BIX331. As needed.

Design Studio 2

BIX401

Theory and practice, merged to present activity-based approaches to design solutions that achieve both aesthetic and performance requirements. Individual and collaborative studio activities develop solutions to specific design problems: presentations afford opportunities to compare designs and to analyze approaches that result in different design solutions. Development of advanced projects that consider the broader implications of cultural and economic forces as well as consumer perception, manufacturing, and sustainability of their design. Focus on demonstration of sound methodologies, articulation of relationships to established schools of design thought, thorough understanding of design considerations and assumptions, relevant manufacturing concerns, and responsiveness to client requirements. 5 Credits (2 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ART102 and ART109 and ART202 and BIX220 and BIX230 and BIX331 and BIX340 or ART102 and ART109 and ART202 and BIX220 and BIX231 and BIX331 and BIX340.

Senior Project

BIX495

Capstone project that focuses on the design of a product or system integrating aesthetic, functional, manufacturing, cultural, and sustainability considerations. Development of a project schedule and marketing plan is also required. The nature of the design/system is dictated by student interest, but collaborative work among students of other disciplines is encouraged. Activities also include lectures on various current topics related to industrial and interaction design.  4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIX401 and MET319.