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Intermediate Industrial Design I

DESIGN 4101: Intermediate Industrial Design I

Introduction to problem and opportunity identification in the context of product design. Experience with evaluative research methods and product design development process at the intermediate level.
Credit Hours

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


This is an intermediate level course on the practical application of industrial design for the consumer marketplace, with a hands - on studio format. Lectures and readings will inform students as they engage in the various phases of the design process during a semester -long, hands -on design project. Students will be able to apply the principles and methods developed in these lectures and projects to strategically support any future consumer -oriented design effort. Knowledge and skills obtained throughout the course have applications in higher-level industrial design courses and in the field of design.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the essential concepts of the topic focus: sustainable design
  • Understand the essential concepts of the practice focus: ethnographic design research
  • Understand the essential concepts of the practice focus: design for the consumer housewares category
  • Know how to navigate a design team environment

Course Materials

  • CarmenCanvas
  • Miro
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Adobe Creative Cloud

Course Organization

This is a 3 credit hour course that meets in person for 2:40 two times a week

Sample Coursework

Work students can expect include:
  • Assigned work, reading, and participation
  • Design projects
  • Final peer assessment

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