Industrial Design / Courses

Prospective majors should plan to take DES 166 in their freshmen year. During the sophomore year, all design majors (VCD, ID and IxD) enroll in a shared series of studio courses. Major selection occurs at the end of Sophomore Year, and is based upon performance in the Design Sophomore Studios.

Please note: With the exception of ART 166 and ART 208 all Design courses are reserved for majors only during the regular school year. Non-majors and non-matriculated students are welcome during the summer quarter.


DES 166 Design Foundations

The rudiments of visual structure and problem solving in two and three-dimensional design. The course emphasizes design methodology and design processes with emphasis on the formal principles of composition and organization. These subjects are the foundation for all subsequent studio courses in the Division of Design. Required for application to all design majors (Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Interaction Design).


DES 207 Design Drawing

In this course students engage in rigorous drawing activities to gain an understanding of the power and importance of drawing as a creative and communicative tool. Clear structuring of space as well as formal compositional elements and their intrinsic relationship to representational drawing are explored. At the end of the quarter, students are challenged to communicate design ideas through sketches from the ideation phase through to a final solution that fully describes the aesthetic, 3D spatial relationships, materiality, and emotive intents.

DES 208 Design History

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the ideas, events, and individuals that determined the design of information, objects, culture, and commerce across societies. Students examine the social, political and cultural contexts that shape graphic design and the ideologies and relationships of similar movement in art and architecture.

DES 209 Typography

In this course students focus on type as image and the relationship between visual and verbal language. Type terminology, typographic history, technical issues related to typography will be examined. Type hierarchy and scale are also studied.

DES 210 Color + Composition

This course will explore the fundamentals of color, form-making and composition within the field of design. Through a series of exercises, lectures, readings and applied projects, students will develop an understanding of how to use color and form to visualize ideas in a unique and compelling way.

DES 211 3-D Foundations

An introduction to the aesthetic fundamentals of 3-dimensional form. Lectures and studio exercises allow students to explore the articulation of form and space in both abstract and applied scenarios. Prepares design students for subsequent work in all division majors (Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design).
—Prerequisite: DES 210
—Offered: Winter

DES 212 Introduction to Interaction Design

Introduction to Human-computer Interaction, interface design, and interactive and time-based media for designers. Overview of foundational interaction design concepts such as human factors, perception, cognition, research techniques, and design methods for the design of interactions.


DES 316 Introduction to Industrial Design

Introduction to the fundamentals of 3-D design with emphasis on analytical and intuitive approaches to problem solving, technical skills and form development.

DES 317 Intermediate ID Studio 1

Introduction to theories, methods and design development focused on design principles involving form, function, usability and product development.

DES 318 Intermediate ID Studio 2

Studio experiences that expand upon and combine intellectual and manual skills for the practice of industrial design. Emphasis on the ideation process with form development.

DES 322 Materials and Manufacturing

This course covers choice of materials and manufacturing processes for designers. This course is also an introduction to design model-making techniques.

DES 323 Computer Aided Design I: Modeling and Rendering

This course covers 3D design techniques including handsketches, renderings, design plan views, use of sketches as underlay in 3D computer modeling, digital modeling techniques for 3D form generation, digital lighting and rendering, and working with digital images and file formats during concept generation, selection, and refinement.


DES 422 Computer Aided Design II: Animation and Rapid Prototyping Techniques

This class covers animation of 3D models, physical output formats from the digital 3D environment, making physical models based on 3D data. This course also gives an overview of rapid prototyping techniques and the basics of model-making.

DES 446, DES 447, DES 448: Advanced Industrial Design

The senior sequence of three ID studios covers advanced design projects areas such as systems design (for example: public transport, education, design for children, universal design, and ecological design), complex technical devices and an independent industrial design project chosen by the student. The advanced studios include integral components of design research (field observation techniques, scenario-based design, and data collection, evaluation, and the presentation of findings) and professional design practice. Students are introduced to basics of design project management, designer/client relationship, presentation techniques, and portfolio building.

Students who would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability should contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY).