Carleton University: Industrial Design Undergraduate Degree

The industrial design program at Carleton University School of Industrial Design prepares graduates for professional practice. Industrial designers work in teams where they contribute to the development of products, systems and services. The Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) degree requires education and experience in anticipating psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence design decisions. In the case of tangible products or systems, the industrial designer needs to have a good grasp of manufacturing materials as well as physical principles. A blend of creative, technical, and social science competencies is therefore important.

The industrial designer is often responsible for communicating and contextualizing conceptual ideas in an interdisciplinary team that may involve anthropologists, management, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing specialists. This requires graduates who have a unique contribution in such an interdisciplinary environment and who are adept at working with professionals from other fields as well as their own.

The Bachelor of Industrial Design program is structured to meet the professional requirements of industrial design practice. Design studios currently form the core of the program. Program requirements also include courses in psychology, physics, math, economics, and marketing, which provide a solid academic background in areas relevant to the practice of industrial design. Students with qualifying grades have the opportunity to take a co-operative industrial design option. They may also choose to have a Minor in another area of concentration such as Business, Psychology, and Technology, Society, Environment Studies, among others.
The program maintains strong ties with other Carleton University units including the Eric Sprott School of Business, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, School of Information Technology, and the Technology, Society, Environment Studies program. This allows it to continue to provide the widest educational opportunities in industrial design in Ontario and Canada.

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OCAD University: Industrial Design Undergraduate Degree

OCAD University provides a student-centred learning environment beginning with first-year students where a common base of design knowledge, skills and processes are acquired with an emphasis on concept development and investigation, rather than specialization.

The Faculty of Design has an extensive curriculum and has developed a series of key philosophical and thematic curricular strategies that provide links between programs, and facilitate student pathways

Industrial Design and Program

Industrial design influences, alters and supports social behaviour. In their creation of human artifacts and experiences, industrial design students will focus on innovative, responsive and responsible solutions for humankind’s interface with the world. Typical areas of investigation include consumer and commercial products, furniture, interaction design, and strategic design. Through extensive research and analysis, students are encouraged to develop new product and experience typologies in the context of human need.

Core design studios develop a methodology of research, analysis, strategy development, design and graphic communication, with an emphasis on innovation and the development of visual literacy. Courses in design theory, materials and technologies, drawing, graphic presentation techniques and professional practice support the studio work. The senior studio culminates in a focused thesis project of the student’s choice.

Graduates of the Industrial Design program are recognized by the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario.

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Humber University: Industrial Design Undergraduate Degree

The core of the Industrial Design degree program is learning and applying design strategies through a series of studio courses. In each semester, at least two design projects are undertaken, with many involving corporate clients to ensure real-world relevancy. Students learn how to generate innovative ideas, work them into preliminary sketches and designs, and bring them to life through the creation of computer-generated three-dimensional models and rapid prototypes.

Sketching skills are stressed throughout the program, along with a thorough foundation in 3D CAD, both dimension-driven and surface-driven. Other courses vital to the design process include Ergonomic Principles, Design for Manufacturing Production, and Design for Sustainability (Environmental Practices).

In addition to the hands-on component, the Industrial Design degree program includes courses in marketing, economics, and design management. This unique blend of courses gives the graduate a critical edge in both initial job placement and future career advancement.

Industry support includes work term opportunities, as well as support of design competitions.

Our Advisory Committee provides regular review and input of our curriculum ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

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