Industrial Design, AAS

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


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.

Are You Interested In...

  • 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?
  • Using 2D or 3D design software to build products and experiences?
  • Collaborating in groups to solve a problem?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Freehand perspective drawing and three dimensional design craft techniques.
  • Workshop machining techniques and practices that support product development.
  • Computer Aided Design in 2.D. (Adobe creative suite) and 3.D. (Solidworks/Rhinoceros 3.D.).
  • Human centered design practices and processes for product development.
  • Digital fabrication techniques in laser cutting, 3.D. printing and C.N.C. machining.
  • Introduction to microcontrollers and robotics for interaction design and digital product development.
  • The product development process that includes all of these technologies and skills to take a product from research through conceptualization, user testing and final delivery.

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.

Career Possibilities

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:

  • 3.D. Modeling/ Computer Aided Design Technician
  • Fabricator
  • Design Studio Assistant
  • Product Design Technician/Repair Technician
  • Visual Display Design
  • Industrial/Product Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Traditional and digital fabrication.
  • Model Maker
  • Ergonomist
  • Shoe and Athletic Gear Design
  • Exhibition design
  • Graphic Design
  • Toy Design
  • Independent Artist


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.

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101/ENA101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    (depending on placement scores)
  • ENG259 Technical Writing – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning:
3 credits*

Life and Physical Sciences:
3 credits*



Select three courses from the flexible core categories below:
Only one course may be selected from each category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


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.


Courses Credits
IDF090 First Year Seminar Industrial Design Technology 0
Industrial Design Core: 33 Credits
HUI107 3D Form and Space 3
HUI109 SolidWorks 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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