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Course Descriptions

IND 1000

Introduction to Industrial Design

Fall, Spring, Summer

Description: This course defines, describes, and explains opportunities in the field of Industrial Design. It identifies and allows for the discussion of career options, evaluates employment trends in the field, and reviews academic and professional requirements for entry into the field. Instruction and background in the use of the design process for Industrial Design is also provided.

IND 1010

Woods: Materials and Fabrication

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Completion of General Studies requirements in Quantitative Literacy and Written Communication or permission of instructor.

Description: An introductory course designed to give students information about wood material properties, species selection criteria, practical design applications, and ordering and specifying protocol. The design process is presented and applied in the development of a furniture design and a fabrication plan, which is utilized to construct the design. The course also provides instruction for basic skill development in the use of woodworking tools, machines and processes. Wood finishing materials and processes are also studied and utilized in student projects.

Credit will be granted for only one prefix: IND 1010 or ART 1300.

IND 1130

Plastics: Materials and Fabrication

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 1000

Description: This course is an introduction to the basic manufacturing processes and techniques used in the plastics industries. A variety of forming, casting, and reinforced plastic processes will be examined.

IND 1250

Metals: Materials and Fabrication

Fall, Spring

Description: This course covers the manipulation of sheet metal, machining of metals, welding of metals, fasteners, and bench metal working. Finishing of metals is also covered, including mechanical processes, sandblasting, polishing, and painting techniques. Emphasis is placed factors necessary to create products that involve metals and metal components. The design process is introduced and applied in the development of short-term design projects.

IND 1450

Technical Drawing and CAD

Fall, Spring

Description: An introductory course designed to give students information about production drawings. The technical drawing process is presented and applied to a variety of products using both manual drafting tools and computer software. Additional topics include hand lettering, orthographic projections, dimensioning, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD & T), and creating Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) data for part production. The design process is taught with the aid of a short-term design project with accompanying technical drawings and CNC production.

IND 1470

Design Drawing Techniques

Fall, Spring

Description: This course introduces students to the basic concepts and skills used in industry to communicate ideas through a hand-drawn, two-dimensional format. Students will develop drawing skills which represent objects as the eye sees them using perspective, shading, and a variety of graphic techniques. Instruction and practice incorporates the study of visual reality, graphic form, visual impact, and the logic and proof of what we see. 

IND 2100

Digital Composition

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 1000

Description: This lecture/lab course prepares students to capture their original works digitally with various documenting equipment and to edit them with computer software. Studio and location photographic projects require students to use the camera for documentation, research and communication. Visual compositions that include digital and non-digital elements and presentation page layout principals will be introduced and practiced for students’ department portfolio review preparation.

IND 2450

Beginning Industrial Design Studio

Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: ART 1101, ART 1141, IND 1010, IND 1130, IND 1250, IND 1450, IND 1470, and IND 2100
Pre or Corequisite: ART 1501

Description: In laboratory and studio environments, the design process is introduced and practiced as students apply learned fundamental skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and aesthetic refinement to assigned design projects. Students are required to address the historical context of their designs as they research technological evolution, market trends, aesthetic preferences, and consumer behavior. Students are required to document their work and create page layouts that depict and describe their projects according to the Department portfolio screening criteria. 

IND 2455

Industrial Design Studio for Non-Majors

Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: IND 1010, IND 1450, IND 1470 
Corequisites: IND 1130, IND 2830, IND 3950

Description: This course is for non-majors. In laboratory and studio environments, the design process is introduced and practiced as students apply fundamental principles to three-dimensional forms, structures, and products. Students address the historical context of their designs as they practice critical thinking, research, problem solving, and aesthetic refinement. Students create sketches, drawings, models, research reports, and presentations of their design concepts. 

IND 2800

Textiles: Materials and Fabrication

Spring

ELECTIVE - Prerequisites: IND 1450, IND 1470

Description: In this course, students are provided with instruction in textile material characteristics, selection criteria, and appropriate textile design applications. The course will also provide an opportunity for basic skill development in fabrication techniques, including the use of sewing machines and pattern design.

IND 2810

Technology and Design: Global Perspectives

Fall, Spring

ELECTIVE
Prerequisite: ENG 1010
Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG 1020

Description: This course teaches students about the relationship between technology, design, and global cultures. Historical perspectives provide a foundation for discussion about how technology and design have affected, and continue to affect, the daily lives of people throughout the world. Emphasis is placed on relevant technologies developed in societies outside the U.S., and on the effects that those technologies have had on global societies, including the U.S. Particular attention is paid to communications, product design, food production, work and jobs, transportation, the military, sustainability, and ethical issues.

IND 2830

Manufacturing Materials and Processes

Fall, Spring

This lecture course provides an overview of the mass-production manufacturing methods and materials most commonly utilized by industrial designers. It provides students with knowledge that will enable them to make appropriate material, manufacturing, and finishing selections for their own designed products.

IND 3000

Design Thinking

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ELECTIVE

Description: Design thinking methodology teaches a holistic approach of innovative way of solving problems. Multiple design projects will be utilized to help students develop creative thinking skills, to gain knowledge of design thinking, and to practice a wide range of innovative problem-solving methods for business and manufacturing applications.

IND 3050

Advanced Sketching

Fall, Spring

ELECTIVE - Prerequisite: IND 1470

Description: In this course students will develop rapid visual communication skills through traditional sketching techniques and gain experience with various media. This course will develop students’ abilities to quickly capture their design ideas by depicting 3D volumes on a 2D plane. Various rendering techniques in mixed media will also be explored to develop skill in representing color, texture, and material. 

IND 3100

Composites: Materials and Fabrication

Fall, Spring

ELECTIVE - Prerequisite: IND 1130

Description: This course is a combination lecture/studio course that employs hands-on exercises and project fabrication to address various aspects for designing objects made of advanced composites, assessing the constraints of composites-related designs, and applying these topics through construction of a self-directed final project.

IND 3260

Direct Digital Manufacturing

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ELECTIVE – Prerequisite: MET 1210 or IND 3660 with a grade of “C” or better

Description: In this combination lab lecture course, students explore the latest applications of digital 3D scanning and direct digital manufacturing. Through this course, students are introduced to current developments and the critical challenges of digital 3D technologies. Emphasis is placed on practical experience in utilizing departmental equipment to produce digital 3D tiles and output them to appropriate direct digital manufacturing equipment. Students will apply knowledge of 3D scanners for reverse engineering and direct digital manufacturing purposes.

Credit will be granted for only one prefix: IND 3660 or MET 1210.

IND 3330

Furniture Design

Spring

ELECTIVE - Prerequisite: IND 1010 or ART 1300, IND 1450

Description: This lecture/lab course employs furniture fabrication projects to address the furniture design process, aesthetic design issues, structure, ergonomics, functionality, materials technology and manufacturability. Students utilize the design process to formulate concepts, communicate those design concepts, and fabricate a quality furniture piece based on their research and design solutions.

IND 3400

Product Usability and Ergonomics

Fall

ELECTIVE 

Description: This combination lecture and laboratory course stresses the importance of user interaction with products as a measure of product market viability and manufacturability. User interface components, anthropometries and psychologically intuitive design solutions for manufacture are addressed in the course.

IND 3450

Intermediate Industrial Design Studio

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 2450

Description: Students will produce functional, aesthetic designs for mass-market consumer products. Students will also learn and adapt the design developmental process used in industry. This includes finding and analyzing problems, conducting and documenting research, generating and proposing concepts, and presenting solutions in public. Projects emphasize materials, manufacturing methods, concept visualization, market relevance, and historical context

IND 3480

Industrial Design Model Making

Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: IND 1010, IND 1130 or permission of instructor

Description: In a studio and laboratory environment, students will gain experience with a variety of modelmaking techniques and materials. Students will learn to construct different levels of design models, from form study mockups in various scales to presentation-quality models. Students will also learn how to use them to evaluate and communicate product design concepts. 

IND 3600

Digital Visualization Techniques in ID

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 2450

 

Description: The objective of this studio course is to develop 2D digital concept visualization skills using computer programs and equipment. Instruction emphasizes professional level presentation techniques with various 2D computer programs, including vector and bitmap based programs.

IND 3660

Computer Aided Modeling

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 1450

Description: In a computer laboratory environment, students use software to model/render objects and designs in virtual three-dimensional space

IND 3680

Computer Modeling for Manufacturing

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ELECTIVE – Prerequisite: IND 3660

Description: This combination lecture and laboratory course serves as an advanced, computer-aided modeling course in sequence with IND 3660. The course focuses on the material and assembly testing tools within appropriate solid modeling software to create products for manufacture. Appropriate software for analysis of a product’s readiness for manufacturing is also introduced. Emphasis is placed on developing models that facilitate direct digital manufacturing and advanced manufacturing methods.

IND 3700

Public Furniture Design

Fall

ELECTIVE - Prerequisite: IND 2450

Description: This is a combination lecture and laboratory course in which students investigate and apply the key considerations for the design of public furniture. Instruction will be provided in the preparation of presentation materials for public use furniture competitions and furniture fabrication techniques. The application of these topics will be employed in the design and fabrication of a piece of furniture for public use. 

IND 3800

Design for Marketability and Manufacturing

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 3450 

Description: In this course, students gain knowledge of design for production criteria by developing a product and optimizing its design for specific mass manufacturing technologies. Students gain experience through the design development process, including market feasibility research, brainstorming new concepts, refining concepts, and constructing alpha and beta prototypes that are designed for mass manufacturing. Projects are based upon real-world, new product development principles. Students learn fundamentals of industrial production, ecological design, consumer safety, and entrepreneurship.

IND 3950

History of Industrial Design

Fall, Spring

Description: This course provides an overview of the major personalities, organizations, styles, and evolutionary events that shaped the course of industrial design, from the Industrial Revolution to the present. There is a focus on the refinement of industrial design in Europe, the congruence of American design and industry, and the emergence of Asian design and manufacturing. 

IND 3980

Elective Internship Experience

Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisite: IND 2450

Description: This internship is designed to allow students to acquire additional work experience in the design profession. The experience must be supervised by a design professional in conjunction with an Industrial Design faculty member.

(Students may take this course twice for a total of 6 credits) 

IND 4200

Utilization of Composites in Manufacturing

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ELECTIVE - Prerequisite: IND 3100

Description: In this combination lecture and laboratory course, students build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in IND 3100 - Composites: Materials and Fabrication utilizing design and fabrication projects to inform how they can use composite materials for advanced manufacture. The course will provide instruction in advanced composite fabrication techniques and relevant equipment for composite-based manufacture. 

IND 4410

Surface Modeling for Industrial Design

Spring

ELECTIVE – Prerequisite: IND 1450 or permission of instructor

Description: This lecture/lab provides instruction upon the skillset acquired in IND 1450 - Technical Drawing and CAD. Students will learn the principles of a NURBS (Non-uniform Rational B-Spline) based 3D modeling and visual rendering program. The modeling program will be used to produce digitally generated, realistic, visual imagery to maximize the effectiveness of design presentations and the design decision-making process.

IND 4450

Advanced Industrial Design Studio

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 3450

Description: This course is a continuation of IND 3450, extending industrial design to user-centered research, conceptualization, and presentation. In this course, students learn advanced product conceptualization techniques, use additional product development tools, and produce professional quality product presentation materials. Special emphasis is given to human factors in product design.

IND 4460

Professional Industrial Design Studio

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 4450

Description: Students develop a semester-long design project under the guidance of a primary instructor and specialized mentor. Students compliment knowledge and skills from previous coursework with in-depth, qualitative research to create design solutions.

IND 4540

Concept and Portfolio Development

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: IND 3450, IND 3800

Description: In this course, students develop futuristic 'blue sky' concepts that are based on new technologies and user-centered research. Students also develop a professional design portfolio of their best work. The portfolio showcases students' skills as aligned with program and student learning outcomes. Evaluation of portfolios provides data for ongoing assessment of the Industrial Design program.

IND 4860

Research in Industrial Technology

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Prerequisite: Senior standing; IND Major

Description: This course provides in-depth research, laboratory experimentation, and/or development of a student-selected and faculty-approved topic in one technical system. The areas of research are: communications, manufacturing, and transportation/power. The course allows the student the opportunity to further develop problem-solving abilities. At the same time, the process enhances the student’s knowledge and skills in a technical concentration. 

IND 4870

Special Studies in Industrial Design

Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Description: A study and investigation of a selected topic in the field of industrial design. Student may repeat this course in alternate concentrations. 

IND 4960

Professional Internship

Fall, Spring, Summer

Prerequisites: Completion of General Studies requirements; senior standing; and IND 4450

Description: The internship provides an opportunity for senior students to gain experience under the guidance of an industry professional. Students must complete a total of 150 hours during the semester in a placement relevant to the practice of Industrial Design. (Senior Experience)

Art Course Descriptions

ART 1101

Studio Foundations: 2D

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Description: This course introduces the fundamental principles and elements of two-dimensional art and design through a survey of concepts, techniques, and material practices. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creative problem solving through investigations of compositional arrangement, visual perception, studio practice, and the intersections of form and concept in two-dimensional space. 

ART 1141

Drawing I: Black and White

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Description: This course introduces drawing as the common denominator to all art-making media. Students practice fundamental drawing skills by employing a variety of black and white media and techniques through line, shape, value and texture. Coursework emphasizes conceptual and technical abilities as well as visual perception and problem solving.

ART 1501

Studio Foundations: 3D

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Description: This course examines the fundamental principles of three-dimensional art and design through a survey of concepts, techniques, and material practices. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creative problem solving through investigations of physical form, process, context, and studio practices. 

ART 1500

Art and Visual Literacy

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Prerequisite: ENG 1010 or ENG 1009 or permission of department

Description: This course is a general introduction to the tools and methods used to analyze and interpret works of art in a variety of contexts. Students learn how to effectively communicate how visual forms work in conjunction with cultural beliefs both in the past and present. Analytical tools appropriate to the disciplines of art criticism and art history, including the use of research, are used by the student to support interpretations. A variety of artistic traditions, including materials and techniques from across the globe and throughout time, are introduced so that students are prepared to identify and interpret historical and contemporary examples of visual art and design. By developing an awareness of the relationship between visual forms and the messages they convey, students increase their ability to respond critically to their own increasingly complex, visual environment.

This course is designed for the non-major and recommended for the General Studies requirement in Arts and Humanities. (General Studies-Arts and Humanities) 

ART 1700

World Art II: Art 1400-1900

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Prerequisite: ENG 1010 or ENG 1009, ARTH 1600, or permission of instructor 
Pre/Corequisite: ENG 1020 or ENG 1021 recommended
 

Description: This course is an introduction to the discipline of art history and the tools used to analyze and interpret works of art within their cultural contexts. As the second part of a two-part survey, the course examines art, design and architecture from the 14th through the 19th centuries, paying particular attention to global cultural interactions and their impact on visual imagery. Analytical tools appropriate to the disciplines of art history, theory and criticism, including the use of research, are used by the student to support interpretations.

This course provides the second of two foundation courses in art history for students in art, art history, and communication design majors and is recommended for non-majors to meet the General Studies requirements in Arts and Humanities and/or Global Diversity.

 


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