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Introduction to Industrial Design I

DESIGN 3101: Introduction to Industrial Design I

Introduction to divergent thinking strategies including design research, observation, abstraction, evaluation and communication in the context of Industrial Design.
Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Bachelor of Science in Design - Industrial Design program; or permission of instructor.


This course aims to introduce students to methods and tools of the industrial design process through the exploration of design problems. Assignments will focus on design processes including concept and context of a product and the proposition of solutions through prototyping for usability, aesthetic composition, and production processes


By the end of the semester students should be able to:
  • Apply basic design methods and creativity techniques to given design problems
  • Identify, find, and interpret information that is relevant to the given design problems
  • Develop and utilize skills in prototyping, technical drawing, CAD modeling and manual rendering techniques in the resolution of design problems
  • Experience productive and dynamic collaboration: sharing of ideas and working in groups

Course Materials

You will need to purchase supplies for this course. Three different assignments will require handling different materials
  • Bring your kit tools and materials from foundations. All of these materials and tools are helpful
  • Collect clean cardboard or chipboard
  • Foam core. Dollar store pack. This cuts better than the "good" stuff at Blick and is less expensive
  • Optional purchase but required use: safety glasses (there may be some available to use, not enough for everyone but can be shared)
  • Glue gun (there are a few available in the studio and the shop
  • Be prepared to purchase more specific materials such as solid wood, plywood, some glues, and textiles

Required software/technologies for this course

  • CarmenZoom virtual meetings (free)

Required or recommended equipment

  • Computer
  • Webcam
  • Microphone


Course Organization

This is a 3 credit hour course that meets in person twice a week for 2:40 each day

Sample Coursework

The type of work expected for this course include:
  • Group critique discussions
  • Reading assignments and exercises and viewing media
  • Attendance taken

Semester(s) Offered:


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