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Industrial Design Department

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

FACULTY

Professors

Frederick Kuhn, IDSA

Associate Professors

Robert Meszaros, AIGA

Jeffrey Michael, IDSA

Sam Montague, IDSA

Simon Williamson, IDSA

Assistant Professors

Peter Greenberg, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP, NCIDQ

Sean Stewart, AIA, LEED AP, NCIDQ

Nick Ortolino, CAA

Lynette Suslowicz, IIDA, NCIDQ

Ralf Schneider, 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 (project-based learning), and organized critiques, students learn to implement the design process of interpreting user values and needs into creative solutions. 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 the 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 FRESHMAN REVIEW

A portfolio is not required for admission to the freshman year. However, Industrial Design students are required to meet the following criteria by the end of spring semester of the freshman year in order to advance into the sophomore year:

  • Achieve a minimum of 31 earned credits with an overall 2.5 GPA in all DSGN and INDS courses.
  • Create a comprehensive exhibition of design projects and assignments created in the freshman DSGN and INDS courses. The intent of the exhibit is to gauge students’ relative success in their respective classes for assessment and advising purposes.

DEGREE DETAILS

Total credits for degree: 136

This is a four year program, which begins in the fall semester of the student’s first year and is planned to end after the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate on page xxx of this catalog for information regarding the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

Prior to entering junior year courses, students must complete the requirements for BIND Sophomore Review.

DEPARTMENTAL GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Students in the BIND program must achieve a minimum program GPA of 2.5 for all DSGN and INDS courses by the end of the freshman year (spring semester).

  1. Students in the BIND program must also achieve a minimum program GPA of 2.5 for all DSGN and INDS courses in order to advance to the junior year. Students who do not meet this requirement will either transfer to a different degree program or repeat selected courses from the sophomore year.
  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.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

DSGN110

Visualization 1/Drawing 1

3

INDS175

Visual Communication

4

 

DSGN112

Color & Composition

4

INDS185

Visualization 2: Advanced Perspective

3

DSGN122

Design Magic

2

INDS195

Industrial Design Studio 2

4

INDS145

Industrial Design Studio 1

4

MATH211

Plane and Solid Geometry

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

17

19

Sophomore Year

INDS210

Visualization 3: Drawing and Thinking

3

INDS260

CAD 1: Surface Modeling

3

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

INDS230

3D Realization 1

4

INDS285

Visualization 4: Presentation Illustration

3

 

INDS245

Industrial Design Studio 3

4

INDS290

3D Realization 2

4

PHYS211

Conceptual Physics

4

INDS295

Industrial Design Studio 4

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

TOTAL CREDITS

19

18

Junior Year

INDS317
Human Factors in Design

3

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

INDS380

Manufacturing in Design

3

INDS320

CAD2: Solid Modeling

3

 

INDS395

Industrial Design Studio 6

4

INDS333

Information Architecture 1

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

INDS345

Industrial Design Studio 5

4

ELECTIVE

Technical

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

17

0

14

Senior Year

COOP600

Co-op Work Term II

0

INDS433

Information Architecture 2

3

INDS610

Business in Design

3

 

INDS445

Industrial Design Studio 7

4

INDS620

Senior Seminar

3

INDS450

Design Perspectives: Topics in History

4

INDS650

Senior Studies

4

INDS550

Research: Senior Studies

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

0

18

14

 

Minor

Industrial Design is a creative profession engaged in developing new products and ideas for people. It involves the integration of art, technology, and business in order to translate people’s needs, desires, and aspirations into tangible highly refined solutions. To develop new ideas, designers employ a creative methodology called “Design Thinking.” Design thinking is not magic. It is a powerful conceptual strategy that enables people to develop innovative products and services for a wide variety of industries—from digital devices to healthcare.

The minor in Industrial Design (Product Design) introduces students to the creative processes and techniques designers use to develop and communicate innovative ideas. Course work would include studio/project-based classes that immerse students in the creative culture of design and augment the course work in their major.

To complete the minor, students must complete all three core courses and a safety workshop, and at least six credits of elective coursework. In addition to the listed electives, all classes in the Industrial Design curriculum are available as electives per approval by the department chair.

 

Course

 

Credits

Core Courses

DSGN100

Drawing and Thinking for Product Development

3

INDS

Industrial Design Studio (student’s choice)

4

INDS317

Human Factors in Design

4

 

Shop Safety Workshop (10 hours evening/weekends)

 

Elective Courses

DSGN122

Design Magic

2

HISTXXX

Design History

4

INDS433

Information Architecture 2

3

INDS610

Business in Design

3

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR MINOR (MINIMUM)

16

 

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