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Industrial Design


Industrial design programs prepare people to create forms, shapes, and packaging for consumer and commercial products.

In this program students learn:

Industrial design programs include topics such as:


Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Some industrial design programs require students to develop a portfolio or complete an internship.


A few community colleges offer associate degree programs in industrial design. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Several colleges, universities, and independent art schools offer Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID), or bachelor of art or science degrees in industrial design. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four to five years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in industrial design. A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet. In addition, many programs require you to submit separate application materials in addition to your general college application. Usually you have to complete preliminary design courses, write a personal statement, and submit a portfolio of creative work that shows your mechanical and creative skills.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in industrial design typically includes:

Things to Know

Packaging design is often considered a specialization of industrial design, and sometimes is offered as a separate program.

If you want to teach college, you need a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or doctoral (PhD) degree.


King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

West Side Area

Western Washington University