The Industrial Design Program offers an applied associates of science degree (A.A.Sc) to students pursuing a career in Industrial Design. Industrial Design is a combination of applied art and applied science, whereby aesthetics, ergonomics and usability of manufactured products may be improved for marketability and production. This degree is a foundation in the arts, sciences and associated humanities and business skills that students need to provide a foundational understanding of how and why products are designed and how the product development process works in business. Designing furniture such as tables and chairs is an example of how industrial design skills in this major can be used to research, design, test and bring a product to market. It is not so technical that a mechanical engineer needs to become involved (they often work with industrial designers on more complex products). Industrial designers learn about human centered design in the studio courses in the degree which explore how people respond and react to designs and design prototypes, this research and observation can help the industrial designer to improve the products.
Why products look and work the way they do and how to improve them.
Keeping up with the latest in technology/innovation.
Researching designs in categories such as art, furniture, fashion, and technology.
Thinking of new products that address current problems.
Working with your hands to build models and prototypes or DIY projects.
Sketching/Drawing ideas in your head.
Using 2.D. or 3.D. design software to build products and experiences
Collaborating in groups to solve a problem.
Skills You Will Learn
What makes this major unique?
This 2 year industrial design degree is unique to the C.U.N.Y. system, there are no other C.U.N.Y. colleges that specifically have an Industrial Design degree. It’s also the most affordable way to begin an Industrial Design education in NYC considering the only other options for studying it are at Pratt Institute and Parson school of design, both private and very expensive design colleges.
Industrial Design offers a wide array of career possibilities for those with both artistic and mechanical creativity.
Careers in this field will generally require a Bachelor’s degree. However, there are some junior design positions that graduates can sometimes acquire:
In addition to the career possibilities with a bachelor’s, having a graduate-level education allows you to pursue an advanced industrial design discipline, research or a career in academia and education. It also opens up opportunities for independent research including starting your own design business and solo exhibitions.
A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits
English: 6 credits
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits*
Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits*
B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 9 Credits
Select three courses from the flexible core categories below:
Only one course may be selected from each category.
Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.
|IDF090 First Year Seminar Industrial Design Technology||0|
|Industrial Design Core: 33 Credits|
|HUI107 3D Form and Space||3|
|HUI111 Industrial Design Studio I||3|
|HUI114 Introduction to Workshop||3|
|HUI118 Manufacturing Processes and Materials||3|
|HUI129 Computer Aided Industrial Design||3|
|HUI190 Industrial Design Drawing||3|
|HUI209 Digital Prototyping||3|
|HUI211 Industrial Design Studio II||3|
|HUI213 History of Industrial Design||3|
|HUI295 Industrial Design Capstone||3|
|Business and Technology: 6 Credits|
|BTM101 Introduction to Business||3|
|Select one course from the following: 3 Credits|
|BTM104 Principles of Marketing||3|
|BTM150 Organizing and Operating a Small Business||3|
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