Industrial Design

Industrial Design
Hours72 Credit Hours
LEPLimited Enrollment Program of 94 Students.
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Program Requirements

As of Fall 2022, the Industrial Design major will be housed within the Department of Design in the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Please note that application to the pre-Industrial Design program has been postponed while the department determines the program's future curricular structure. The industrial design program, in its present form, will not exist in the future. During this transitional period, students interested in pursuing Industrial Design as a major should consider the various programs within the Department of Design. Please contact the Department of Design for information about their programs at Potential Design pre-majors should contact Becca Weidner in the CFAC Advisement Center for advisement at
Complete all 100-level foundation courses.
Complete a portfolio and application for admission into the Professional program.
requirement 3 Complete 2 courses
requirement 4 Complete 2 courses
requirement 5 Complete 1 hour from the following course(s)
Only 1 credit hour of InDes 399R is required, but you may take up to 3 total credit hours.
requirement 6 Complete 2 courses
requirement 7 Complete 1 course
Completing this requirement with Engl 316 or M Com 320 is recommended.
requirement 8 Complete 1 course
Art History requirement:
requirement 10 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete 12.0 hours from the supportive, design-related courses available on campus. Listed below are pre-approved course options.
INDES 300 - (Not currently offered)
Note 1: To obtain credit for a second, unique internship, register for 3 credit hours of INDES 399R.
Note 2: Generally, 300-level through 600-level courses that directly support the Industrial Design degree but are not listed above will qualify to meet this requirement. Request approval from the Industrial Design program chair.
Note 3: Any course listed in Requirement 9 can be applied to this requirement after Requirement 9 has been fulfilled. Request approval from the advisement center.
requirement 11
Complete department packet and exit interview.
Students can be placed on probationary status for the following: 1) Inadequate academic performance, 2) Unprofessional attitude and lack of commitment, 3) BYU Honor Code violations.
Program Outcomes: 

Design Products

Program graduates will:
1- research, synthesize, define, ideate, design, refine, and validate mass-produced products.
2- recognize and apply contemporary manufacturing methods and materials to product design proposals.
3- organize and present evidence-based research, meaningful product concepts, and final design proposals, compellingly and convincingly.

Software Technology

Program graduates will:
1- Use computer-aided design software to construct, evaluate, and design three-dimensional product forms and assemblies.
2- Use multiple two-dimensional computer-aided design software tools to organize and design a variety of communication artifacts.

Contemporary Design History

Program graduates will:
1- Identify and examine the fundamental trends of contemporary design history.
2- Investigate, summarize, and present about the artifacts and design principles of notable historical designers.

Design Business Practices

Program graduates will:
1- review, examine, and discuss the fundamental elements of design-related business activities.

Structured Creativity

Program graduates will:
1- Investigate and synthesize components of marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, servicing, and ecological needs and responsibilities and reconcile them with identified user desires and values.
2- Define product-related problems, variables, and requirements; conceptualize and evaluate alternatives; and test and refine solutions.


Program graduates will:
1- Practice, compose, and explain product and process concepts and requirements to current and future designers, colleagues, clients, and employers.
2- create both verbal and written communications using both low and high fidelity two, and three-dimensional tools and methods.


Program graduates will:
1- Review, employ, examine, and assess principles of human psychology, human factors, and digital user interface while designing products and services.

Enriching Experiences

Program graduates have the option to:
1- Discover and participate in international programs that enrich individual cultural experiences and increase design exposure.
2- Evaluate and participate in undergraduate research endeavors.
3- Investigate and participate in courses that relate to or inform industrial design such as engineering, business, marketing, art, art history, entrepreneurship, ethnography, graphic design, photography, and so on.

Prototyping Labs

Program graduates will:
1- Design, invent, create, and construct both digital and physical artifacts in facilities appropriate for such activities.
2- Manipulate wood, polymers, metals to develop physical models.
3- Explore, build, design, and render digital models.


Program graduates will:
1- Investigate, evaluate, and arrange for one or more internship experiences.

Team Projects

Program graduates will:
1- Practice team-based product development activities within the design program.
2- Have the opportunity to create and operate an interdisciplinary team project either through self-generated projects or elective courses.