Industrial design is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize manufacturing and the function, value, and appearance of products. This service is often provided in the context of a cooperative working relationship with other members of a development group. Development groups include management, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing specialists. The industrial designer’s contribution places special emphasis on human characteristics, needs, and interests which require a particular understanding of visual, tactile, safety and convenience criteria. Industrial designers combine these considerations with practical concern for the technical process, requirements for manufacture marketing opportunities and economic constraints , as well as, distribution, sales, and servicing agreements. Industrial designers, as professionals, are guided by awareness of their obligations to protect public safety and well-being, to respect the environment, and to observe ethical business practice.
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Industrial Design prepares graduates to work as designers in a corporate, consulting, or entrepreneurial position.
Students are provided work spaces to accomplish their assignments. Among the facilities is a well equipped shop with both wood and metal machinery, a painting room, personal student storage, and ample drafting tables. Other facilities, within the Engineering Technology Department are available to the students as they enroll in the respective support courses.
Industrial design students are taught problem solving methodologies, marketing principles, product research, drawing skills (both by hand and by computer), three dimensional model making techniques, materials, manufacturing processes, ergonomics, and design theory. These skills are applied in the design of many new and innovative products which eventually comprise the student’s portfolio.