Product Design Major (B.F.A.)

The Product Design Major focuses on the design and development of consumer products of all types, fostering the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as a solid grounding in all aspects of the design process. The program is based in the Department of Art and Design. For further information, go to: Product Design (B.F.A.).

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements16
World Languages and Cultures Requirements6-9
Major Requirements80
Free Electives18-15
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Complete the following with a minimum 3.00 GPA

Core Requirements
ARFD 103Color and Light3
VIST 102Visual Culture3
VIST 106Modern Visions 1400-19453
or VIST 105 Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture
Program Foundation Requirements
PRDN 100Design Visualization I - Concept Sketching3
PRDN 101Product Design I - Design Thinking3
PRDN 102Anatomical Drawing for Product Designers3
PRDN 110Materials and Technology3
PRDN 111Design Visualization II - Persuasive Rendering3
Program Core Requirements
PRDN 112Product Design II - Form Language3
PRDN 201Design Visualization III - Digital Sketching3
PRDN 202Design Visualization IV - Adobe CS3
VIST 272History of Product Design3
VIST 306Critical Design Studies3
Cooperative Education
COED 401Cooperative Education Experience I3
COED 402Cooperative Education Experience II3
Major Requirements
PRDN 211Product Design III - Design Sustainability3
PRDN 212Product Design IV: User-Centered Design3
PRDN 220Digital Modeling: 3D CAD I3
PRDN 221Digital Modeling: 3D CAD II3
PRDN 300Transportation Design I3
PRDN 301Transportation Design II3
PRDN 302Product Design V - Industry Collaboration I4
PRDN 303Product Design VI - Industry Collaboration II4
PRDN 360Business of Product Design3
PRDN 410Product Design Thesis: Concept Development3
PRDN 411Product Design Thesis: Detail Design3
Total Credits80

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Fulfilled in the major.
Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture
Modern Visions 1400-1945
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Digital Modeling: 3D CAD I (Fulfilled in the major.)
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits16

World Languages and Cultures Requirement

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World Languages3-6
World Cultures3
Total Credits6-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
PRDN 100 Design Visualization I - Concept Sketching 3
PRDN 101 Product Design I - Design Thinking 3
PRDN 102 Anatomical Drawing for Product Designers 3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
PRDN 110 Materials and Technology 3
PRDN 111 Design Visualization II - Persuasive Rendering 3
PRDN 112 Product Design II - Form Language 3
VIST 105 Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture 3
Second Year
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
PRDN 201 Design Visualization III - Digital Sketching 3
PRDN 211 Product Design III - Design Sustainability 3
PRDN 220 Digital Modeling: 3D CAD I 3
VIST 272 History of Product Design 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
World Cultures 3
PRDN 202 Design Visualization IV - Adobe CS 3
PRDN 212 Product Design IV: User-Centered Design 3
PRDN 221 Digital Modeling: 3D CAD II 3
Third Year
World Language I 3
PRDN 300 Transportation Design I 3
PRDN 302 Product Design V - Industry Collaboration I 4
PRDN 360 Business of Product Design 3
VIST 306 Critical Design Studies 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language II 3
PRDN 301 Transportation Design II 3
PRDN 303 Product Design VI - Industry Collaboration II 4
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
PRDN 410 Product Design Thesis: Concept Development 3
COED 401 Cooperative Education Experience I 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
PRDN 411 Product Design Thesis: Detail Design 3
COED 402 Cooperative Education Experience II 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120