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Industrial Design BDes Degree Requirements

The Industrial Design program offers a Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree. To graduate with a degree from the University of Washington, students must successfully complete at least 180 course credits. All undergraduates complete a combination of major requirements, general education requirements, and electives. This breakdown is outlined below.

Industrial Design Major Requirements (90 Credits)

Year One

DES 166 Design Foundations (5 Credits)

Year Two

DES 207 Design Drawing (5 Credits)
DES 208 Design History (5 Credits)
DES 209 Typography (5 Credits)
DES 210 Color + Composition (5 Credits)
DES 211 Introduction to Interaction Design (5 Credits)
DES 212 Human Centered Design (5 Credits)

Year Three

DES 316 Introduction to Industrial Design (5 Credits)
DES 317 Intermediate ID Studio 1 (5 Credits)
DES 318 Intermediate ID Studio 2 (5 Credits)
DES 321 ID Drawing (5 Credits)
DES 322 Materials + Manufacturing (5 Credits)
DES 323 Computer Aided Design I: Modeling and Rendering (5 Credits)

Year Four

DES 445 Computer Aided Design II: Animation and Rapid Prototyping Techniques (5 Credits)
DES 446 Advanced Industrial Design (5 Credits)
DES 447 Advanced Industrial Design (5 Credits)
DES 449 Advanced Industrial Design (5 Credits)

Art History Courses (10 Credits)

General Education Requirements

English Composition (5 Credits)
Additional Writing (‘w’ courses) (10 Credits)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Foreign Language (0-15 Credits)
Areas of Knowledge (75 Credits)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts; Individuals and Societies; Natural World

More details about General Education requirements are outlined in the Overview of Requirements for an Undergraduate Degree


In addition to the above listed general education requirements and major coursework, students take elective courses across the curriculum to supplement their education. The number of elective credits vary from student to student depending on variations in course of study. Students must take at least as many electives as complete the difference between general education requirements, major requirements, and the 180 credit minimum to graduate from the UW.