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I'm ready to make a real impact.

You’re all about how things work. And how to make them work better. It’ll take more than just curiosity to make a career out of blending form and function. But if you’re determined, passionate, and can't imagine doing anything else, our Industrial Design degree program can help you start a career where you turn your ideas into tangible objects that fit the way we work, play and live. Whether it’s a re-designed cell phone or self-service fuel pump, a user-friendly workstation or a wafer-thin TV screen, you’ll build the skills to create, design, and manufacture products that meet the world’s demand for the next-generation everything. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty*. It’s not easy. But if the goal is doing what you love, it’s well worth it.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment


Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement design principles that can be practically applied to current industry standards.
  • Demonstrate how to conduct design research, how products work, and how they are manufactured. Design products that accommodate the capabilities and the needs of the intended user population.
  • Select and use appropriate industrial design tools, software, materials and techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate the vision behind their creative work and explain and promote their solutions, model the interdependence of content and visual expression and evaluate and critique their ideas.
  • Exhibit professionalism through their behavior, comprehension, and application of intellectual property law, product safety, social responsibility, sustainability, marketing strategies, project management and the team dynamic.

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Classroom Experience

You say it's a demanding field? Bring it on.

Industrial designers create the products we use every day. But there’s nothing everyday about the hard work and commitment it takes to succeed in this profession. Here, you’ll start with basics like drafting, design, drawing, and perspective, so you can express your ideas on paper. We’ll show you how to fabricate materials and build models. You can study anatomy and ergonomics to learn how people and products interact. Working with modeling software and hardware ranging from 3D printers to a computer-controlled vertical mill, you’ll explore areas including 3D design, prototyping, human factors, and materials & processes. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

What Will I Study?

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I've got what it takes. Just give me the tools.

The Industrial Design curriculum is rigorous, all-encompassing, and designed by experienced industry and education innovators. As you have the opportunity to learn to think in terms of how people will use your product as you take it from idea to prototype to presentation, you'll study:

  • Drawing and Perspective
  • Digital Modeling and Rendering
  • Design Thinking
  • Fabricating
  • Materials & Processes
  • Product Design
  • Model Building
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Prototyping
  • Human Factors
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Design

I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Our Industrial Design degree program is built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But we’ll support you along every step of your journey. That’s why we provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.


Jane Hallinan I play an active role in design kick-off meetings with each new client. I then collaborate with my architect co-workers on the solution from schematic design, through design development and construction drawings into final construction. I am involved in the entire process from A to Z. Jane Hallinan
Interior Design, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 2012