Product Design (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 Requirements3-9
Major Requirements80
Free Electives21-15
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 Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

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.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
PRDN 1003PRDN 1113
PRDN 1013PRDN 1123
PRDN 1023VIST 1053
VIST 1023 
 16 15
Second Year
ARFD 1033GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3
PRDN 2013World Cultures3
PRDN 2113PRDN 2023
PRDN 2203PRDN 2123
VIST 2723PRDN 2213
 15 15
Third Year
World Language I3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
PRDN 3003World Language II3
PRDN 3024PRDN 3013
PRDN 3603PRDN 3034
VIST 3063Free Elective1
 16 14
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3PRDN 4113
PRDN 4103COED 4024
COED 4014Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3 
 16 13
Total Credits 120