Industrial Design FAQs

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Q: How do I apply to be admitted into the SJSU Industrial Design program?

A: A link to the SJSU application information is available below. Be sure to indicate BA Design Studies as your major of first choice. All Industrial Design majors are admitted as BA Design Studies students. Go to get started.

Q: Can I change my major to Industrial Design?

A: The SJSU Industrial Design program accepts change of major requests based on the availability of space within the program and the requesting student’s academic performance. Contact the Department of Design main office to connect with one of our major advisors for more information.

Q: What is the difference between BA Design Studies and BS Industrial Design?

A: The SJSU Industrial Design program admits all new students as BA Design Studies majors. Upon the successful completion of DSID 21, DSID 31, DSID 22, DSID 32 and DSID 32A students are eligible to submit their work to a portfolio review for acceptance into the BS Industrial Design program.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Design Studies degree consists of a liberal study of industrial design principles, history and theory.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Design degree prepares students for a career in industrial design through a curriculum that is based on critical thinking, creative design process management, aesthetic theory, communication skills and awareness of the business and humanistic dimensions of product development. It emphasizes exposure to professional practice through studio projects that provide experience with a diverse spectrum of products, user scenarios, and industries, leading to a comprehensive professional portfolio.

Q: How quickly can a transfer student, who has all their GEs done before coming to SJSU, complete a degree in BS Industrial Design?

A: For all students the BS in Industrial Design degree requires four years of study. This is due to the highly competitive and specialized nature of the industrial design profession, and the necessary learning and preparation required of students to support their success. 

Q: What classes are transferable from my junior/community/other college?

A: Lists of courses that are transferable to SJSU and the Industrial Design program are available here: