BS Industrial Design (Professional Degree)

About SJSU Industrial Design  

Established over thirty years ago, the main objective of the Industrial Design Program is twofold: first, for students to understand the evolving needs of humanity; and second, for students to address those needs by giving form to solutions. Graduates will emerge from the program prepared to design sustainable solutions to world problems. They will be trained in designing for and from all perspectives and to take into account the diversity of human existence. In our program, students will get to put their concepts into practice from the convenience of our Seid Lab, funded by an alumni and holding the most cutting edge fabrication equipment, available strictly to Industrial Design students.

Our distinguished faculty recognizes that, to become impactful industrial designers, students must have a firm comprehension of all things related to the human experience. As such, the program takes full advantage of the university setting by collaborating with SJSU’s Anthropology, Business, and Engineering programs. Additionally, because of our ideal location at the center of Silicon Valley, guest speakers from local tech companies and design studios are often invited to give talks, as well as critique student work.

Industrial design is not just the design of objects that facilitate everyday living; it’s also the design around experiences and services. With the world in constant flux, we aspire to equip future industrial designers with essential tools—a balance of theory, skill, and practice—necessary to become global citizens and effect change throughout the world.

See the work of our Industrial Design Seniors in their Spring 2020 Senior Show.

NOTE: Because of its structure, transfer students will take up to four years to complete the Industrial Design program at SJSU.

In addition to successful completion of a required professional internship (), students must pass three annual portfolio courses (DSID 123A, DSID 125A, DSID 128A) in order to receive the BS Industrial Design degree.

Learning Outcomes

BS Industrial Design

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • demonstrate a functional knowledge of design aesthetics to create appropriate 2D and 3D artifacts, as well as have the ability to think visually and develop design concepts utilizing rapid 2D and 3D visualization tools and techniques;
  • articulate a functional understanding of manufactured products, including being able to explain how products work, what constitutes their structural integrity, and what materials and manufacturing processes are required to produce them;
  • apply their knowledge of end-user psychology, ergonomics, anthropometry, and user interaction to the design of manufactured products.
  • investigate, analyze, synthesize, and make design decisions based on an ecological understanding of the impact of a design, including the reconciliation of priorities and concerns of end users with those of business, society, and the environment;
  • employ a design process that generates products that are useful, usable, and desirable to specific segments of the human population, including an understanding of how designers define problems, researching contextual issues, determining design requirements, and conceptualizing and evaluating alternatives to test and refine solutions.

Note: The Industrial Design Program admits every student as a BA Design Studies Major. Upon successful completion of the first year of study as a BA Design Studies, students can elect to participate in the BSID Portfolio Review (DsID 32A).

Students must pass the portfolio review to be accepted into the BSID major. Students who do not pass the review will remain in the BA-Design Studies Program.

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