Industrial Design is a combination of applied sciences, whereby aesthetics, ergonomics, and usability of mass-produced products may be improved for marketability and production.
The Industrial Design program, coordinated by the Humanities Department leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS), and is proud to be the only program of its kind in New York. The role of an industrial designer is to create and execute design solutions towards problems of form, usability, user ergonomics, engineering, marketing, brand development and sales. The Industrial Design program provides students a foundation experience in the necessary skills to begin a career in Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Model making, Product Design and Fabrication or transfer to a four-year institution.
In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment. Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.
Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.
Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.
Review the Industrial Design Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.
Recommended Course SequenceFirst Year, Fall I
First Year, Fall II
First Year, Spring I
First Year, Spring II
Second Year, Fall I
Second Year, Fall II
Second Year, Spring I
See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs. For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.
“Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured
products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business,
and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial
designers focus on the user experience in creating style and function for a
particular gadget or appliance.” * According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
the median annual salary of Industrial Designers in 2015 was $67,130.
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*Bureau of Labor
Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
2016-17 Edition, Industrial Designers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/industrial-designers.htm (visited August