The degree of Associate in Science in Industrial Design Technology is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Industrial Design Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the field of Industrial design. 

Students master design fundamentals by taking courses in drawing, 2-Dimensional design, 3-Dimensional design, engineering design, and manufacturing principles. Emphasis is also placed on the study of mathematics and physical sciences while English and social science courses broaden and improve the student’s communication skills.

A series of more advanced/specialized courses focus on the application and integration of new and existing technologies to both product design and product manufacture. Topics include material explorations in plastics, wood and metal, CAD software and human factors.

Graduates will have the foundation necessary to pursue a bachelor’s degree and to take advantage of opportunities for life-long learning or professional development.

Specific Admission Requirements

Note: Applicants should be aware that all associate degree programs at NHTI require successful completion of at least one semester of college level mathematics. Therefore, the college strongly recommends that all applicants successfully complete high school Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher prior to admission. Those students whose placement testing does not demonstrate readiness for college level mathematics may require more than two years to complete their degree.

Industrial Design Technology Degree


Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
#ARET 103CArchitectural Graphics and Sketching223
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
 MCET 105CEngineering Design404
#VRTS 101CIntroduction to Drawing244
Spring Semester
 MATH 124CCollege Algebra or higher level math course404
 MCET 106CAdvanced CAD Modeling (SolidWorks)223
#VRTS 103CTwo-Dimensional Design233
#VRTS 104CThree-Dimensional Design233
 XXX xxxCScience Elective324


Fall Semester
#INDS 110CHistory of Industrial Design or   
#VRTS 111CSurvey of Western Art History or   
#VRTS 115CHistory of Modern Art303
#INDS 150CIndustrial Design Studio 1334
#INDS 232CBusiness of Design303
 MFET 111CManufacturing and Materials Processing334
 VRTS 193CIntroduction to Photoshop or   
 VRTS 195CIntroduction to Illustrator CC303
Spring Semester
 ENGL 120CCommunications or   
 ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology303
#INDS 250CIndustrial Design Studio 2334
#INDS 242CManufacturing Techniques303
 PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology or   
 PSYC 209CEducational Psychology or   
 PSYC 225CSocial Psychology303

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course

LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

  • Employ design research that contributes to the definition and solution of design problems.
  • Apply principles of engineering, basic science, mathematics, and psychology to formulate multiple creative design solutions for a given problem, creating rough and finished concept sketches assessing those concepts and selecting the most appropriate final design.
  • Demonstrate proficient skills in sketching and rendering with appropriate media, technical drawing, 3-D physical and computer modeling, and prototyping. 
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