Industrial Design Technology Course Descriptions

Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

INDS 110C History of Industrial Design 3-0-3
Topics in history of industrial design from 1750 to 1945 - such as collaborations between art and industry; mass production; changing patterns of consumption; advances in material processes; the social and/or technological impact of industrial design; the social and/or technological impact of industrial design on transportation, health care; consumer goods; domestic space, and the workplace.

INDS 150C Industrial Design Studio 1 3-3-4
The design process is introduced and practiced as students apply learned fundamental principles to multiple three-dimensional forms, structures, and products. Students will be introduced to various model making methods. Students address the historical context of their designs as they practice critical thinking, research, problem solving, and aesthetic refinement. Projects require sketches, models, written reports and verbal presentations of design concepts.

INDS 180C Digital Rendering and Modeling 3-0-3
Computer aided design or "C.A.D." has become a major part of the product designers skill set in recent years. This includes digitally constructing three dimensional models of designs for manufacturing as well as image creation for marketing review and material visualization. There are many different CAD programs and associated rendering technologies available to choose from and a design firms decision of what to use often comes down to cost, availability and the experience of those who will use the program. One option in the family of "NURBS" or more simply "surface and solid" modelers is called Rhinoceros or just Rhino for short. It is inexpensive, powerful and easy to learn. Rhino also communicates directly in many of the same file formats as those CAD packages used by mechanical engineers. This combination of attributes make it a good choice to learn for students looking to enter a design firm or start one of their own.

INDS 225C User Experience 3-0-3
Anywhere there is a person using a system, human factors engineering concepts inevitably apply. The class concerns the design of systems, products and services to make them easier, safer and more effective for human use. The course focuses on human factors concepts and is a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers. This course surveys topics related to the design of products and interfaces ranging from alarm clocks, cell phones, and aircraft cockpits to logos, presentations, and web sites. Design of such systems requires familiarity with Human Factors and Ergonomics, including the physics and perception of color, sound, and touch, as well as familiarity with case studies and contemporary practices in interface design and usability testing. Students will solve a series of design problems individually and in teams.

INDS 230C Materials, Fabrication and Processes 3-3-4
Students become better designers when they have an intimate knowledge of a range of materials. In this course, students will learn about the properties of natural wood and engineered wood-based materials, investigate the related technical processes, and evaluate how this information is both connected to and influenced by the design process. Students will work with materials directly and master skills needed to manipulate these materials. They will develop projects that allow them to engage in the design and development process, promote creativity, problem solving and the correct use of materials. Facility procedures, safety and care and use of tools and equipment will be stressed.

INDS 232C Business of Design 3-0-3
Moving a great idea into a sustainable reality requires a fundamental understanding of business. Successful designers understand that business principles overlap, complement and enhance design principles.  Through a variety of exercises students will learn how to approach a variety of real world scenarios, understand company expectations and anticipate employer concerns that will help them transition into an entry level career opportunity.  At the end of the course students will have a started a portfolio and will understand basic professional practices including interviewing for jobs, pitching ideas, networking, freelancing, licensing and contracts. Students will also understand basic business vocabulary and the way design thinking skills can be used to identify and execute

INDS 240C Plastics: Materials and Fabrication 3-3-4
This course studies the structures, properties and behavior of plastics as well as how they can be altered through mechanical working and heat treating. Consideration is also given to the selection of these materials to meet manufacturing and design criteria. Laboratory experiments will complement the classroom presentations.

INDS 242C Manufacturing Techniques 3-0-3
This course introduces students to methods, materials, and manufacturing processes that translate design processes into mass-produced goods. A major component of downstream design activity involves manufacturing issues - the techniques by which materials are selected, manipulated, and then assembled. Consideration is also given to the selection of these materials to meet manufacturing and design criteria. In-class demonstrations of manufacturing techniques and site visits to local manufacturers will complement the classroom presentations.

INDS 250C Industrial Design Studio 2 3-3-4
In this course students will work in teams and continue to hone the design process by dissecting an existing product, analyze a market segment and redesign the product to fit the described market. Students integrate their drawing, model making and material knowledge to design for consumers. (Prerequisite: Completion of INDS 150C with a grade of "C" or higher.)

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