(Effective Fall 2019)

The Industrial Design curriculum prepares students to become designers of marketable products and systems.  This major is an interdisciplinary study of design that integrates aesthetics, ergonomics, kinesiology, anthropometry, material science, engineering, manufacturing, business, and the social sciences.  The curriculum is designed to elicit students' creative potential and couple it with techniques and technology that transform ideas into practical designs. 

Industrial designers create products that are optimized and customized for human use, from medical devices and tools to furniture and automobiles.  In addition to material and technological considerations, industrial designers incorporate nonfunctional elements such as aesthetics and culturally relevant features, as seen in many consumer products ranging from toys to cell phones. 

This major focuses on creating real-world, practical products and systems.  Students will develop proficiency in creating conceptual designs that are effective, attractive, and sensitive to environmental sustainability and cultural concerns.  Students will also learn various rendering techniques, from charcoal to three dimensional computer aided design, as well as visualization and communication skills.  Studies in engineering, manufacturing, business, and marketing complement understanding of the processes involved in developing evocative designs.  Finally, students will be capable of designing products and systems intended for specialty consumers such as children, the elderly, and those with physical and mental challenges.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program would obtain jobs in the following areas: industrial design, interaction design/human factors design, environmental design, and packaging design.

Recommended High School Subjects

Course work with a strong emphasis on communication, science, aesthetics, and analytical skills.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • design products that are useful, useable, safe, and desirable.
  • evaluate how products are manufactured and how they can be improved in form, function, and appeal based on human factors.
  • synthesize the needs of business, marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, and sustainability to design effective products.
  • synthesize human factors in the development of product and system interfaces.
  • use CAD, CAID, and graphic design software applications to develop design solutions.
  • apply knowledge and principles gained through the history of design.
  • communicate effectively via 2D and 3D modeling as well as in written and verbal form.
  • synthesize human factors in task design (establishing processes or sequences of operations such as websites, telephone systems, manufacturing processes, etc.), including social/cultural considerations.
  • manage and participate in collaborative, multidisciplinary team projects.

Performance Standards

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.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BIX110 Introduction to Industrial Design 3 2 3 M REQ
ART107 Visual Literacy for Designers 3 2 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIX130 Model Building 3 2 3 M REQ
ART109 Design and Color 3 2 3 M REQ
ART102 Two-Dimensional Design 3 2 3 M REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
BIO103 Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey 4 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIX220 Ergonomics and Kinesiology 3 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
ART270 Computer Graphics I 3 2 3 M REQ
ART180 Drawing 3 2 3 M REQ
ART202 Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design 3 2 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIX231 Mechanical Engineering Principles 3 2 3 M REQ
CAD124 3D Parametric Modeling Using SolidWorks® 3 2 3 M REQ
MTT221 Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair 4 2 6 M REQ
ART125 Art History: Ancient through 15th Century 3 3 M REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIX331 Design Studio 1 3 2 3 M REQ
ANT113 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 Cultural Diversity Requirement 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3   M BIX
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIX340 Industrial Design Applications 3 2 3 M REQ
MKT240 Principles of Marketing 3 3 M REQ
ART330 Modern Art and the Contemporary Image 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
HIS262 Technology and Society 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 S REQ
BIZ Industrial Design Elective 300-400 Level 3   M BIZ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIX401 Design Studio 2 5 2 9 M REQ
MET319 Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control 3 3 M REQ
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3   M BIX
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3   M BIX
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIX495 Senior Project 4 2 6 M REQ
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3   M BIX
BIX Directed Industrial Design Elective 3   M BIX
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16