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 curriculum in industrial design requires 122 credit hours and provides education in the design of products for mass production to meet the needs of people and their environment. Emphasis is placed on the awareness of the market demand for design, experience in the problem solving process and methods and materials of production and their relative costs, creation of designs that are in visual harmony with their environment and that are satisfying to the consumer, and responsiveness to the changes in technology and cultural patterns.

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.

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 courses (art and design courses not in industrial design requirements or used as industrial design electives)12
Open electives as needed to total a minimum of 122 hours.