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Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Design defines virtually everything we do or touch. Industrial Designers blend art, business and engineering to add value and humanize the objects, processes, services and systems used every day by businesses and consumers. Not only are industrial designers responsible for the creation of beautiful objects, they create objects capable of eliciting emotional responses, directly affecting the quality of life and standard of living for many people throughout the world.

The Industrial Design program in the New Jersey School of Architecture enjoys the benefits of a state-of-the-art technological environment and a renowned digital legacy. The NJSOA was the first architecture program in the nation to establish fully digital design studios with three-dimensional modeling and color pre-visualization more than two decades ago. This legacy lends to the Industrial Design Program all of the knowledge and technical acumen needed to envision and present whatever the designer can imagine. Industrial design students use a variety of software applications as well as traditional media to complete design studio and class assignments. The addition of digital fabrication equipment (laser cutters, starch/3D printers, CNC/computer numerically controlled router) was a natural extension in the application of information technology to design and provides an environment in which there is a direct relationship between the virtual and real. The expansion of facilities and faculty expertise to include computer-aided manufacturing is part of the foundation of the program in industrial design.

Industrial Design at NJSOA is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The first year curriculum is shared with the three other Art+Design programs - Fine Arts, Interior Design, and Digital Design. This common curriculum provides a broad design foundation and instills a sense of community among industrial design students and their peers in other design disciplines It includes design and graphics classes with digital media, color theory, art history, and general education courses such as math and English.

During their Foundation Year, students will be exposed to and expected to work in both digital and traditional media. Digital design work will take place in dedicated Digital Media Laboratories, while work in traditional media will take place both in and out of class. Read the list of required tools and materials. Following the Foundation Year, industrial design students enter a studio-centric curriculum in which they work in dedicated studios integrating material, technical, and aesthetic elements in a cohesive design. Learn more about our studio culture and computing requirements.

In addition to six semesters of design studio, students will be taking a variety of management, fabrication and design courses, including Modeling and Prototyping, Principles of Management, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Ethnographic and Marketing Research, Sustainable Materials and Processes, and Mechanics and Electronics. Students may select from a growing array of design and free electives are available that include courses in the history of art and/or architecture, traditional media art classes, and advanced classes using digital media. 

Along with the facilities available throughout the NJIT campus, Industrial Design students have access to the NJSOA's Fabrication Laboratory, as well as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Media Laboratories.