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Industrial Design BFA

Josh Owen, Program Chair
(585) 475-5257, josh.owen@rit.edu

http://cias.rit.edu/design

Program overview

Industrial design involves the integration of form and function as products are designed and created by combining materials, process, computer-aided design, and human factors. Blending technical instruction with studio assignments, studies also include package, exhibit, and furniture design. Aesthetic sensitivity, technical competence, and analytical thought are developed and applied to meet the challenge of designing products for human needs.

Curriculum

The BFA in industrial design integrates major courses, studio and open electives, the liberal arts, and art/design history. Computer skills, design perspectives, career preparation, and exposure to the related areas of publishing, photography, engineering, and information technology are integrated into the curriculum.

Industrial design, BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-121, 122 2D Design I, II 6
FDTN-131, 132 3D Design I, II 6
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspectives 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II 3
IDDE-102 Design Drawing 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† (SMTL) 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
IDDE-201, 202 Sophomore ID Studio I, II 6
IDDE-206 ID Form 3
IDDE-207 ID Digital Drawing 3
IDDE-211 Human Factors 3
IDDE-212 Integrated CAD 3
IDDE-221 History of Industrial Design 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  Free Elective 3
Third Year
IDDE-301, 302 Junior ID Studio I, II 8
IDDE-306 Materials and Processes 3
IDDE-307 Graphic Tactics 3
IDDE-311 ID Career Planning  (WI) 3
  Studio Electives‡ 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Art History Elective§ 3
Fourth Year
IDDE-406 Professional Practice 3
IDDE-407, 408 ID Senior Thesis I, II 6
IDDE-501, 502 Senior ID Studio I, II 8
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Studio Elective‡ 3
  LAS Elective (SMTL) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Studio elective courses are those designated with studio/lab hours listed in the course description.

§ Art history electives are non-studio courses offered in CIAS or COLA that examine the historical aspects of art, design, crafts, photo or film.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

ARTH-135            Survey of Western Art and Architecture I*
ARTH-136            Survey of Western Art and Architecture II*
ARTH-221            Contemporary Design Issues
ARTH-311            Art of Italy: 1250-1400
ARTH-312            Art of Italy: 1600-1750
ARTH-317            Art Florence and Rome: 15th Century
ARTH-318            Art Florence and Rome: 16th Century
ARTH-345            History to Architecture Interior and Furniture I†
ARTH-346            History to Architecture Interior and Furniture II†
ARTH-364            Art of Paris
ARTH-366            18th, 19th Century Art
ARTH-368            20th Century Art: 1900-1950
ARTH-369            20th Century Art: Since1950
ARTH-373            Art of the Last Decade
ARTH-378            Baroque Painting in Flanders
ARTH-379            Renaissance Painting in Flanders
ARTH-392            Theory and Criticism of 20th Century
ARTH-457            Art and Activism
ARTH-521            The Image
ARTH-541            Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
ARTH-544            Illuminated Manuscripts
ARTH-550            Topics in Art History
ARTH-554            Late Medieval Art
ARTH-558            The Gothic Revival
ARTH-561            Latin American Art
ARTH-566            Early Medieval Art
ARTH-568            Art and Technology: Machine Aesthetic Cyborg
ARTH-572            Art of the Americas
ARTH-573            Conceptual Art
ARTH-574            Dada and Surrealism
ARTH-576            Modernism and Realism
ARTH-577            Displaying Gender
ARTH-578            Edvard Munch
ARTH-581            Russian Realist Art
ARTH-582            Medieval Craft
ARTH-583            Installation Art
ARTH-584            Scandinavian Modernism
ARTH-586            Studies in Material Culture
ARTH-587            The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH-588            Symbols and Symbol-Making

* This course is required for students enrolled in majors in the schools of American Crafts, Art, Design, and Photographic Arts and Sciences (BFA programs only).

† This course is required for students majoring in interior design and furniture design.

Additional information

Professional organizations

The school maintains memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including Industrial Designers Society of America, ACM Siggraph, Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, American Society of Interior Designers, American Institute of Architects, ICOGRADA, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and International Interior Design Association.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Industrial design involves the integration of form and function as products are designed and created by combining materials, process, computer-aided design, and human factors. Blending technical instruction with studio assignments, studies also include package, exhibit, and furniture design. Aesthetic sensitivity, technical competence, and analytical thought are developed and applied to meet the challenge of designing products for human needs.

The school maintains memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including Industrial Designers Society of America, ACM Siggraph, Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, American Society of Interior Designers, American Institute of Architects, ICOGRADA, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and International Interior Design Association.

Curriculum

The BFA program in industrial design integrates major courses, studio and open electives, the liberal arts, and art/design history. Computer skills, design perspectives, career preparation, and exposure to the related areas of publishing, photography, engineering, and information technology are integrated into the curriculum.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Industrial design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Freshman Electives 2
  ID Freshman Elective 2
2010-216 or 211 Vector Imaging or Raster Imaging 2
2013-211, 212, 213 Drawing I, II, III 9
2013-231, 232, 233 2D Design I, II, III 9
2013-241, 242, 243 3D Design I, II, III 9
2015-222 Design Survey 2
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year‡
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
2035-306 Technical Drawing 2
2035-311 Model Making 2
2035-321, 322, 323 Graphic Visualization I, II, III 6
2035-331, 332 Form I, II 4
2035-348 Sophomore Design Studio 4
  Studio Electives 9-12
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
2035-442 History of Industrial Design 3
  Art History Electives§ 3
2035-405 Materials and Process Applications 3
2035-406 Consumer Product Design I 3
2035-407 Human Factors Applications 3
2035-408 Equipment Design 3
2035-410 Consumer Product Design II 3
2035-418 CAD Applications 3
  Studio Electives 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year
2035-510 Professional Practice 3
2035-513 Career Planning 3
Choose one of the following:  
   2035-506    Design Collaborative 3
   2035-498    Internship 3
Choose two of the following:  
   2035-508    Furniture Design 3
   2035-512    Advanced Product Design 3
   2035-522    Toy Design 3
   2035-527    Packaging Design 3
  Open Electives 18-24
Total Quarter Credit Hours 196

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Upon completion of the second year, the associate in applied science degree is awarded.

§ Please refer to the list of art history electives.

Industrial design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar (SMTL) 3
FDTN-122 2D Design II 3
FDTN-132 3D Design II 3
IDDE-102 Design Drawing 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspectives 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
IDDE-201 Sophomore ID Studio I 3
IDDE-206 ID Form 3
IDDE-207 ID Digital Drawing 3
IDDE-221 History of Industrial Design 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
IDDE-202 Sophomore ID Studio II 3
IDDE-211 Human Factors 3
IDDE-212 Integrated CAD 3
  Free Elective 3
Third Year
IDDE-301 Junior ID Studio I 4
IDDE-306 Materials and Processes 3
IDDE-307 Graphic Tactics 3
  Studio Electives† 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
IDDE-302 Junior ID Studio II 4
IDDE-311 ID Career Planning  (WI) 3
  Art History Elective‡ 3
Fourth Year
IDDE-401 Senior ID Studio I 4
IDDE-407 ID Senior Thesis I 3
IDDE-406 Professional Practice 3
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
IDDE-402 Senior ID Studio II 4
IDDE-408 ID Senior Thesis II 3
  Studio Elective† 3
  LAS Elective (SMTL) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Studio elective courses are those designated with studio/lab hours listed in the course description.

‡ Art history electives are non-studio courses offered in CIAS or COLA that examine the historical aspects of art, design, crafts, photo or film.

Art history electives

Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:

2039-300 History of Design
2039-306 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design I
2039-307 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design II
2039-308 Architecture Interior and Furniture Design III
2039-310 History of Crafts
2039-315 Pre-Columbian Art
2039-316 Florence and Rome 1400-1470
2039-317 Florence and Rome 1470-1520
2039-318 Florence and Rome 1520-1590
2039-320 History of Art Criticism
2039-330 Philosophy in Art
2039-340 Symbols and Symbol Making
2039-355 Latin American Art
2039-360 18th and 19th Century Art
2039-368 Scandinavian Modernism
2039-375 20th Century Art Since 1950
2039-376 Renaissance Painting in Flanders
2039-385 Installation Art
2039-390 Native American Art and Culture
2039-395 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
2039-410 The Art of Art History
2039-415 Thinking About Making
2039-425 Public Art/Public Spaces
2039-430 Dada and Surrealism
2039-433 What Is Post Modernism?
2039-435 Art of the Last Decade
2039-438 Body in Art
2039-440 Conceptual Art
2039-443 Art and Technology: From the Machine Aesthetic to the Cyborg Age
2039-452 Art and Activism
2039-459 Art Central Italy 1250-1400
2039-469 Baroque Rome