Major: Industrial and Product Design

What colleges offer a Major in Industrial and Product Design?

If the sleek lines on a sports car get your motor running, you have an industrial designer to thank. Same goes for the sofa you love to sink into, the mug you love to hold in your hand, and the laptop you love to tap away at.

As an industrial and product design major, you’ll learn what it takes to design, manufacture, and package the products we use every day, from sports cars to kitchen appliances. You’ll also learn how to create products that are both practical and pleasing to the eye -- even on a budget.

Industrial and product design majors learn the skills they need to design and refine everyday products, most of them for mass production, such as telephones, cars, and furniture.

Did You Know?

Industrial designers make better money than most other types of designers.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Exhibit your work on campus
  • Design an aluminum chair or paper clothing
  • Become a materials expert
  • Study the fine points of packaging
  • Build 3-D models
  • Learn computer-aided design (CAD)

It Helps To Be...

Strong in math, science, and art: industrial and product design combines all three. Good problem-solving skills are also important, and a great eye is essential.

College Checklist

  • Is the department accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design?
  • Are different concentrations available within the major? Some schools offer specializations in furniture design or transportation design, for example.
  • Are classrooms, labs, and studios equipped with current technology, including the latest CAD software?
  • Is there a student chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America?
  • Will you have the chance to study abroad in world art centers or sign up for a semester in New York?

Did You Know?

Raymond Loewy, the father of modern industrial design, is famous for everything from the Coca-Cola bottle to the Studebaker.

Course Spotlight

Get ready to stock up at the local art store when you sign up for introduction to industrial design. While lectures provide an overview of the profession, you’ll spend the rest of your time sketching and making models.

Using drawing pencils, sketch pads, X-ACTO knives, and glue guns, you’ll test your skills representing everyday objects like radios, sneakers, and toys.