Industrial Design, BFA

for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Industrial Design

school office: 143 Art and Design Building, Champaign, IL 61820

contact: Mark Avery, Coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

phone: (217) 333-6632

department website: School of Art & Design

department faculty: Art & Design Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Fine & Applied Arts

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The Industrial design program focuses on a human centered approach to identify opportunities to design new products and services. The studio courses emphasize learning through problem-solving, understanding user experience, market demand, materials, and production processes. Students can develop their interest, and engage in creating intuitive, innovative products and services, that are in visual harmony with their environment. Designs that satisfy the consumer desire while being responsive to changes in technology and culture benefit society.

The curriculum in Industrial Design requires 122 credit hours.

for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Industrial Design

Students in the School of Art and Design must complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.

A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Students majoring in this degree program must complete the First Year Curriculum requirements before beginning other major requirements.

First Year Curriculum

FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
ARTH 110Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture3
Select one Drawing course:3
Observational Drawing
Expressive Drawing
Visualization Drawing
Select one course in 2D Category:3
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Printmaking (required for Studio Art: Printmaking)
Fashion Illustration (required for Studio Art: Fashion)
Beginning Painting (required for Studio Art: Painting)
Basic Photography (required for Studio Art: Photography)
Select one course in 3D Category:3
Introduction to Industrial Design
Ceramics Sculpture I
Jewelry/Metals I
Beginning Sculpture (required for Studio Art: Sculpture)
Select one course in 4D Category:3
Image Practice
Time Arts I
Interaction I
Total Hours20

Industrial Design Requirements

ARTD 201
ARTD 202
Industrial Design I
and Industrial Design II
ARTD 301
ARTD 302
Industrial Design III
and Industrial Design IV
ARTD 401
ARTD 402
Industrial Design V
and Industrial Design VI
ARTD 225Design Drawing3
ARTD 228Computer Applications3
ARTD 326Sustainability & Manufacturing3
ARTD 328Human-Centered Product Design3
ARTD 426Product Innovation3
ARTD 448Professional Design Practice3
Total Hours42

Art History

ARTH 211Design History Survey3
Advanced art history (200-level or above) 6
Total Hours9


Art & Design Electives (ARTS, ARTD, ARTE, ARTH, or ARTJ courses not otherwise required in major)12
Open electives as needed to total a minimum of 122 hours.
Total Hours122