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Industrial Design Department

Sam Montague, IDSA, Chair
Annex East Room 204
Phone: 617-989-4640

Faculty

Professors

  • Herbert Fremin, AIA, IDEC, NCIDQ
  • Fredrick Kuhn, IDSA
  • Rachel G. Pike, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Associate Professors

  • Robert Meszaros, AIGA
  • Sam Montague, IDSA
  • Jeffrey Michael, IDSA

Assistant Professors

  • Peter Greenberg, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP
  • Nick Ortolino, CAA
  • Ralf Schneider, IDSA
  • Sean Stewart, AIA, LEED AP, NCIDQ
  • Lynette Suslowicz, IIDA, NCIDQ
  • Simon Williamson, IDSA

Department Vision and Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Industrial Design is to prepare students to be creative and thoughtful product designers. Through classroom, studio experiences, and organized critiques, students learn and implement the design process of understanding user values and needs and translating them into creative solutions that improve the products and services we interact with daily. Students also hone their ability to present their work in a visually dynamic way. During their tenure, they acquire an intellectual library of the design methodologies, materials, and approaches that they will need in their professional careers.

Degree Program

Industrial Design: Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree

Professional industrial designers (product designers) work at the intersection of art, business, and technology. Through research and experience, designers enrich the lives of those around us, by interpreting our psychological and social desires/aspirations and transforming them into improved products and systems we interact with daily. Designers help provide innovative vision and structure for companies, individuals, and networks, as well as empathy for environmental and social issues, and enjoyment of our world.

As a graduate you will have opportunities to innovate products for the mass and private markets. Areas of possibility include consumer electronics, education, toys, sports, medical equipment, footwear, house wares, furniture, and exhibit design. Many graduates begin their careers immediately, designing either as a consultant, or as an in-house designer for some of the nation’s leading brands. As they continue to grow, graduates often end up in leadership roles within their respective companies, making top-level decisions as a design director, or creative manager.

Much of your educational experience will consist of studio based projects as well as courses in drawing, model making, manufacturing technologies (such as computer-aided design and rapid prototyping), user research, and design history. Classroom and studio experiences are complemented by two required co-ops that reinforce curricular goals and help bridge the gap between student development and professional practice. A one-semester study abroad program in Europe is offered in the junior year that includes all courses to continue on track for graduation. Students apply in the fall of the junior year; the program accepts a limited number of students.

Wentworth’s Industrial Design program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. It is a fully accredited four-year program by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Industrial Design educational experience includes a cooperative work program in which students are required to spend two semesters working as an intern in the professional design field.

BIND Sophomore Review

A portfolio is not required for admission to the freshman year. However, Industrial Design students are required to meet the following criteria for advancement into the junior year:

  • A minimum of 63 earned credits with an overall 2.0 GPA in their first two years of study. All INDS Studio courses, Visualization courses and Modeling Techniques courses must be completed with a passing grade.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA for all first- and second- year INDS prefixed courses
  • A successful portfolio review exhibition of studio design projects and assignments created in related disciplines (completed and in progress). The intent of the exhibition is for each student to demonstrate appropriate development and maturity in their design abilities over four semesters (freshman and sophomore year) of academic work.

Students who achieve a minimum departmental GPA of 3.00 (In all INDS courses) in the BIND program at Wentworth automatically qualify for advancement into the junior year. Students meeting this standard may still be required to present their portfolios at review for faculty program assessment.

Departmental Grade Requirements

1.  Students in the BIND program must achieve a minimum department GPA of 2.0 for all DSGN and INDS courses by the end of the freshman year (spring semester).

2. The Industrial Design Department has a special grade requirement that applies to all design studio courses from the sophomore year onward. Students in the BIND degree program must comply with the following design studio grade requirement:

Final grade must be C or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a C.

Students who receive a final grade below C for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the program until they successfully repeat the 2nd studio for which they received a sub-standard grade

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

DSGN105 Drawing I 0 6 3
DSGN130 Design I 1 6 4
DSGN135 Intro to Computer Graphics 1 2 2
ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
INDS150 Design History I 4 0 4
Total 10 14 17

Spring Semester

Course R L C
DSGN165 Design II 1 6 4
ENGLISH English Sequence† 3 0 3
INDS205 Design History II 4 0 4
INDS215 CAD I 2 2 3
INDS222 Visualization I: Perspective Drawing 2 4 4
Total 12 12 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
INDS265 Modeling Techniques I 2 4 4
INDS275 Industrial Design I: Studio 1 6 4
INDS280 Visualization II: Ideation 0 6 3
MATH211 Plane and Solid Geometry 4 0 4
Total 10 16 18

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
INDS300 Industrial Design II: Studio 1 6 4
INDS310 Visualization III: Rendering Techniques 2 2 3
INDS325 Modeling Techniques II 2 4 4
PHYS211 Conceptual Physics 3 2 4
Total 11 14 18

Summer Semester

Course R L

C

COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Junior Year1

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

INDS330 Materials & Manufacturing 4 2 4
INDS405 Visualization IV: Information Architecture 2 2 3
INDS415 CAD II 2 2 3
INDS420 Industrial Design III: Studio 0 8 4
INDS440 Human Factors in Design 4 0 4
Total 12 12 18

Spring Semester

Course R L

C

COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective2 - - 4
INDS500 Industrial Design IV: Studio 0 8 4
INDS515 CAD III: 3-D Modeling 2 2 3
Total - - 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course R L

C

COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

COMM270 Business Communications 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
INDS565 Design Perspectives: Topics of History 4 0 4
INDS575 Industrial Design V: Studio 0 8 4
INDS580 Directed Studies Research 2 0 2
Total 13 8 17
Summer Semester R L C
INDS600 Professional Practice 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
INDS625 Directed Studies Studio 0 8 4
INDS635 Senior Seminar 2 0 2
Total 10 8 14

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

Please refer to the English sequence requirement.

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed the requirements listed here.

2Courses selected with the faculty advisor's approval to complement and to broaden the student's educational experience.

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