product design College of Design
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Bachelor of Science in Product Design

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in product design is a four year interdisciplinary degree with a foundation based in principles of industrial design. Students will take core classes in concept sketching, model making, and computer modeling. However this is not a traditional industrial design program. To innovate in today’s society, a designer must have a basic understanding of engineering, human needs, and the market. Our program requires students to also take classes in physics, engineering, design, computer programming, anthropology, and entrepreneurship. This truly is an interdisciplinary major and is designed for “polymaths” — individuals who excel in both “right brain” and “left brain” activities

There are many product design electives to choose from to allow students to tailor their major towards: entrepreneurship, furniture design, marketing, anthropology, art, human factors and many other disciplines. A sample four year plan can be found here.

Freshman Admissions

Transfer Admissions

Portfolio Review

Portfolio review ensures that students have acquired an understanding of essential design knowledge and are prepared to move on to more advanced coursework. Students participate in portfolio review the 2nd semester of the Pre-Product Design program. Students must pass portfolio review in order to continue with their coursework and complete the degree. To participate in Portfolio Review, a student must be a Pre-Product Design major in the College of Design with a minimum grade of C- in required courses and an overall GPA of at least 2.50. A minimum of 17 credits must be completed or in progress prior to admission to the major.

Portfolio Review consists of an interview in which students will be expected to describe their work as well as their interest in Product Design. The guidelines for the 2020 portfolio review are available here.

Internship Requirement

Internships provide real world experience and portfolio content to prepare you to enter the demanding field of product design. Students are required to do two separate internships in two different work environments. The first should be Spring of year 2 after taking the fundamental product design courses. The second should be Spring of year 3 after completing most of the core courses and prior to starting the Capstone. The purpose of requiring two separate internships is to diversify your portfolio and give you work experience in different settings. More information can be found here.


A complete list of courses in the Bachelor of Science in Product Design curriculum can be found here (effective Fall 2018).

Student Groups

Meet and work with student colleagues from majors across the University who share your interest in generating and testing out new ideas. Popular options for Product Design students include:

Complementary Majors and Minors

Product Design is an interdiscplinary major. Many of the classes in the program are offered through other departments at the University, which increases the opportunity for you to add a minor or even double major.

Although there are many interesting disciplines to connect with product design, some of the majors and minors at the University have a strong affinity.

Complementary Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Apparel Design
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Food Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Theatre Arts

Complementary Minors

Some language minors are included as these represent cultures with a strong history of product design industry and education.

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Asian Languages (Chinese)
  • Bio-Based Products Engineering
  • Buisiness Law
  • Child Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Danish
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Dutch Studies
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Fashion Studies
  • Finnish
  • Food Science
  • Interdisciplinary Design
  • Interior Environments
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Norwegian
  • Psychology
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Swedish
  • Technical Writing and Communication
  • Theatre Arts


Barry Kudrowitz,
Director of Graduate Studies for the
Product Design Graduate Minor


Barry Kudrowitz,
Assistant Professor and
Program Director


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