Academics

The Product Design program consists of coursework in art, engineering, art history and entrepreneurial studies. The program also includes a number of the program core courses. Course descriptions and a curriculum outline can be found below.

Bachelor of fine arts in Product design

Curriculum outline

  • Total credit hours: 122 minimum
  • Product Design Core Courses: 37 credits
  • Supportive Courses—Art and Design: 27 credits
  • Supportive Courses—Engineering: 7 credits
  • Art History: 9-12 credits
  • Entrepreneurial Studies: 15 credits
  • General Education: 27 credits

Some major and supporting courses cover WES requirements.

Year one
Course typeFall (16 credits)Spring (16 credits)
Core courses ART 1650—Product Design I (3 credits)
ART 1600—Design Seminar (1 credit)
Supportive courses: Art and designART 1050—Drawing Studio (3 credits)
ART 1080—Form and Space (3 credits)
ART 1040—Object Drawing (3 credits)
ART 1070—Form and Surface (3 credits)
Supportive courses: EngineeringEDMM 1450—Intro to 3D Mechanical Modeling (3 credits) 
Art HistoryART 2200 or 2210—Art History Survey (3 credits)ART 2220 or ART 2230—Non-Western Art History (3 credits)
General EducationWES coursequantitative literacyWES course—IEE 1020 Tech Communication
Year two
Course typeFall (16 credits)Spring (14 credits)Summer
Core CoursesART 1610—Drawing for Design (3 credits)

ART 2650—Product Design II (3 credits)
ART 2660—Materials and Processes (3 credits)
ART 1600 - Design Seminar (1 credit)
ART 4640—Design Internship (3 credits)*Taken during either the summer after year two or year three
Supportive Courses: Art and design
Art Elective in Sculpture, Metals/Jewelry or Ceramics (3 credits)
  
Supportive courses: EngineeringEDMM 1500—Introduction to Manufacturing (3 credits)
EDMM 1501—Processes and Materials in Manufacturing Lab (1 credit) *Maybe taken with lecture or following semester if necessary.
  
Entrepreneurial StudiesMGMT 2140—Exploring Entrepreneurship (3 credits)FIN 2420—Entrepreneurial Finance (3 credits)  
General EducationWES courseWES course 
Year three
Course typeFall (16 credits)Spring (16 credits)Summer
Core coursesART 3650—Product Design III (3 credits) ART 3680—Special Topics in Design (3 credits)
ART 1600—Design Seminar (1 credit)
ART 4640—Design Internship (3 credits) *Taken during either the summer after year two or year three
Supportive courses: Art and designArt 3250—Writing About Art (3 credits)
Art Elective in sculpture, metals/jewelry or ceramics (3 credits)
Art Elective (3 credits) 
Art History3000 or 4000 Level Art History Topic Course (3 credits)ART 3920—20th Century Design History (3 credits) 
Supportive courses: EngineeringIEE 3010 - Entrepreneurial Engineering: Product and Service Design (3 credits)IEE 3420—Ergonomics and Design (3 credits)  
General Education WES course 
Year four
Course typeFall (12 credits)Spring (12 credits)
Core coursesART 4650—Product Design IV (3 credits)ART 4670—Thesis Project (3 credits)
ART 4970—Product Design V (3 credit)
ART 1600—Design Seminar (1 credit)
Supportive courses: Art and designArt Elective (3 credits) 
Entrepreneurial StudiesEntrepreneurial Elective (3 credits)Entrepreneurial Elective (3 credits)
General EducationWES courseWES course

Product design course descriptions