Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Industrial Design, BS
What Is the Study of Industrial Design?
Industrial Design students learn problem-solving methodologies, product research, drawing skills (both by hand and by computer), three dimensional model making techniques, materials, manufacturing processes, ergonomics, design theory, and marketing principles. These skills are applied in the design of many new and innovative products which eventually comprise the student’s portfolio.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Industrial Design prepares graduates to begin work as practicing designers in corporate, consulting, or entrepreneurial positions. Industrial Design is a highly competitive, professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize function, value, and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both the user and the manufacturer.
The Industrial Design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190; phone (703)437-0700.
How to Declare:
Admissions: Declaration of a pre-major in the industrial design program at Western Washington University requires the submission of a portfolio which, in the judgment of the faculty, offers evidence of a candidate’s potential for success within the program.
Entrance Portfolio Requirement: To apply for admission to the program, an individual must submit a portfolio according to the format and content guidelines listed on the Industrial Design website. A portfolio is a collection of an applicant’s best work, revealing the applicant’s interests and presented as professionally as possible. Applicants should submit work from high school/university courses, professional work, or self-initiated projects. For more information on design portfolios and what makes a good portfolio, please refer to links on the industrial design website, www.wwu.edu/id/links.html.
The applicant’s entrance portfolio must provide examples in the following areas:
- 2-D design
- 3-D design
- Computer skills
Portfolios are reviewed by an Industrial Design Committee three times per year prior to the quarter of acceptance into the pre-major.
Application Deadlines: Submission deadlines are October 22 for winter quarter, February 14 for spring quarter, and May 9 for fall quarter. If applicants do not qualify for acceptance one quarter, they may apply for a following quarter after improving the content of their portfolio.
Advising Tips: Since the sophomore series of design courses begins in the fall and the courses are sequential, it is highly recommended that transfer students begin studies in the fall quarter. Most industrial design courses are only offered one quarter per year and serve as prerequisites for the subsequent courses, so it is important to begin the sequence in September. Please see the catalog for more information about the sophomore portfolio review requirement.
Industrial Design Core: 45 credits
- ETEC 112 - Introduction to Engineering, Design and Graphics
- ETEC 113 - Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
- ETEC 214 - Sophomore Industrial Design I
- ETEC 215 - History of Industrial Design
- ETEC 216 - Sophomore Industrial Design II
- ETEC 231 - Design Problems in Woodworking
- ETEC 246 - Manufacturing Processes I
- ETEC 301 - Materials for Design
- ETEC 311 - Perspective and Rendering I
- ETEC 312 - Industrial Design CAD Skills
- ETEC 315 - Perspective and Rendering II
Professional Practice Series: 30 credits
- ETEC 314 - Junior Industrial Design I
- ETEC 316 - Junior Industrial Design II
- ETEC 318 - Junior Industrial Design III
- ETEC 414 - Senior Industrial Design I
- ETEC 416 - Senior Industrial Design II
- ETEC 418 - Senior Industrial Design III
Supporting Courses: 63 credits
- ART 109 - Visual Dialogue
- ART 110 - Form and Content I: Drawing
- ART 120 - 2-Dimensional Design/Color
- One course from:
- ART 130 - 3-Dimensional Art: Form and Content
- ART 203 - Contemporary Studio Drawing
- ART 220 - Painting
- ART 230 - Beginning Sculpture
- Four courses from:
- A/HI 220 - Visual Culture in Ancient Greece and Rome
- A/HI 221 - Visual Culture in Medieval Europe
- A/HI 230 - Visual Culture in Western Europe 1400-1550
- A/HI 231 - Visual Culture in Western Europe 1550-1700
- A/HI 240 - Visual Culture in Western Europe in the 19th Century
- A/HI 241 - Visual Culture in Western Europe and America in the 20th Century
- A/HI 270 - Visual Culture in South and Southeast Asia
- A/HI 271 - Visual Culture in East Asia
- LBRL 273 - Art and Society in China and Japan
- One course from:
- MATH 115 - Precalculus II
- MATH 118 - Accelerated Precalculus
- PHYS 114 - Principles of Physics I
- PHYS 115 - Principles of Physics II
- MGMT 271 - Law and the Business Environment
- MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing
These courses are offered within this major and may be used to satisfy GUR or Writing Proficiency Requirements.
- QSR: MATH 115, 118
- HUM: ART 109; A/HI 220, 221, 230, 231, 240, 241
- SSC: MGMT 271
- ACGM: A/HI 270, 271; LBRL 273
- LSCI: PHYS 115
- SCI: PHYS 114
- Staff Designer for a corporation that manufactures toys, electronics, furniture, outdoor gear, etc.
- Design Consultant working in a small design firm that consults to a variety of manufacturers
- Entrepreneur developing your own ideas
Engineering Technology Program Advisor:
ET337; (360) 650-3425
Spring Quarter 2013 Advisor:
ET 335; (360) 650-2514
(on sabbatical fall 2012 and winter 2013)
Engineering Technology Department Chair:
ET209; (360) 650-3380