Industrial Design Degrees and Forms

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The Industrial Design program at San José State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. 


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For more information on individual courses in this major, visit the SJSU catalog.

BS - Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

The program, established over thirty years ago, is open to all interested students and enrolls a wide variety of entrants, from recent high school graduates to junior college transfer students. The curriculum provides our students with a balance of theory, skill, and practice. Regular Portfolio Reviews guide our students through each stage of their education and ensure that they emerge ready to be leaders in the field.

We have both full–time and part–time faculty, so the program is well structured with continuity of learning from year–to–year, and has injections of specialist, up–to–the minute knowledge. Taking advantage of the program’s University setting, Industrial Design courses often collaborate with SJSU’s Anthropology, Business, and Engineering programs, and with foreign universities. Our students participate in a strong international exchange program with partners in Europe and Central America.


Industrial Design Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of design aesthetics to create appropriate 2D and 3D artifacts.
  • Articulate a functional understanding of manufactured products. This includes being able to explain to others how products work, what constitutes their structural integrity, and what materials and manufacturing processes are required to produce them.
  • Describe what makes a product useful, usable, and desirable to specific segments of the human population.
  • Explain the design process to others. They will be able to explain how designers define problems, research pertinent issues, identify variables and requirements, conceptualize and evaluate alternatives; and test and refine solutions.
  • Investigate, analyze, synthesize, and make design decisions based on an ecological understanding of the impact of a design. This involves reconciling the priorities and concerns of end users with those of business, society, and the environment.
  • Demonstrate the verbal and visual abilities to develop and communicate design concepts and specifications. This includes rapid visualization, presentation drawing, three-dimensional sketch mockups, functional prototyping, and appearance model-making.
  • Demonstrate an ability to conceptualize, develop, and communicate design concepts and specifications utilizing current 2D and 3D software and techniques.
  • Describe Industrial Design to others and place it in the context of history, business, and professional practice.
  • Apply the concept of social civility to the design and manufacture of products and environments.
  • Apply their knowledge of end-user psychology, ergonomics, anthropometry, and user interaction to the design of manufactured products.
  • Employ functional knowledge of behavioral, and market research methodologies to the design of manufactured artifacts.