Are you in love with the intuitive controls on your iPhone? Hug a designer. Like the way your coffee mug curves to the palm of your hand? There’s an industrial designer out there that deserves a high five. Design surrounds us. Industrial designers notice. They shape the way our world looks, feels, and works by designing consumer products. Cars. Vacuum cleaners. Cell phones. Baby bottles. By blending art and engineering, they improve the details and enhance everyday life.
You’ll learn to balance problem solving, aesthetics, and business principles in the design and development of commercial and consumer products. You’ll explore materials, processes, rendering, model making, human factors, and the legal and ethical implications of design. And you’ll receive training in advanced design, imaging, and prototyping technologies. Plus, the coursework emphasizes research, concept ideation, and presentation in response to realistic design briefs, so you’ll graduate prepared to make it.Ready to get started? Apply now!
A problem-solving course covering the principles of composition and modular design systems. Uses predominately abstract shapes and black, white, and achromatic gray ranges.(Students who have earned credit for VISC 110, Design I, may not use credit earned in KCPA 110 to meet graduation requirements.)
To explore the elements, principles and aesthetic concepts integral to three-dimensional design and to consider relationships between concept, process, materials, tools and technical skills. (Students who have earned credit for ARTS 120, 3-D Design, may not use credit earned in KCSF 11 to meet graduation requirements.)
From a combination of perceptual psychology and ethnographic research,the student will explore the underlying elements of how we perceive, react and relate to the designed world. The student will consider the physiological and learned behaviors that shape our interactions with the built environment with an emphasis on experiential and emotional design.
An introduction to the computer as a design tool using the industry standards in page layout and digital illustration, and photo manipulation software, the Adobe Creative Suite. File transport (PDF) and font management software will also be introduced.
An introduction to product sketching and presentation techniques used in the industrial design profession.
The creation, manipulation, and employment of three-dimensional, digital models in the industrial design process.
Students will be exposed to the full range of design disciplines, their history of development, how they interact, differ, converge and lead to change in accommodating new needs. Students will explore design principles and processes, including product innovation and development, sustainability, form and function, and discover how design is an asset to the economy and works with business.
An introduction to the materials and manufacturing processes typically explored in the design process. The course emphasizes the practice of choosing a material and process specification strategy based on product application criteria.
This course addresses the application and role of graphic principles, tools, and techniques in the industrial design process.
An introduction to the application of the design process and problem-solving methodology through the design of simple products.
An intermediate study of the design process and problem-solving methodologies through the design of products.
An advanced study of the design process and problem-solving methodology through the design of products.
A comprehensive study of the application of the design process and problem-solving methodology through the design of complex products and systems.
An intermediate study of product sketching, rendering and presentation techniques used for visually communicating ideas and product forms within the design process. The course will emphasize professional presentation formats and mediums.
An advanced study of product sketching, rendering and presentation techniques used for visually communicating ideas and product forms within the design process. The course will emphasize the development of the highest quality renderings using computer-based, manual rendering software with a tablet.
An introduction to materials, tools, and techniques used to fabricate physical representations of product concepts in the industrial design profession.
This course will expose students to the various forms of research, analysis, sampling, focus groups, analytics with an emphasis on ethnographic research and the implications on the design process.
An advanced application of the design process in a comprehensive product development project. Students will select and complete an instructor-approved project of choice over the course of two semesters. The first semester emphasizes the development of a project plan, product research, strategy building and concept development.
An advanced application of the design process in a comprehensive product development project. Students complete the second semester of a two-semester project. The second semester emphasizes the development of the concept proposal into a feasible product design including mock-up fabrication, human factors evaluation, aesthetic development, 3D development (CAD), 3D visualization and prototyping.
Individual preparation and presentation of a professional quality portfolio of work and resume; familiarization with the operating aspects of professional practice.
An overview of the Western Art tradition from prehistory through the Renaissance using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 110, Prehistoric through Middle Ages, may not use credit earned in KCAH 111 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Western art from the Baroque to the present, this course will continue building upon the foundation of Western Art I; Prehistoric through the Renaissance, using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 111, Renaissance through 20th Century, may not use credit earned in KCAH 112 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of industrial design arts and the historical development of the profession of industrial design from its origins in the Industrial Revolution to the present.
Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students will engage in a variety of writing modes and will spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research and the documentation of source-based materials. (Students who have earned credit for ENG 150, English I, may not use credit earned in KCHU 120 to meet graduation requirements.)
Presents concepts and develops oral and rhetorical skills appropriate for formal presentations, with emphasis on prepared, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. (Students who have earned credit for COMM 121. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, may not use credit earned in KCHU 121 to meet graduation requirements.)
Focuses on the analysis of numerous forms of visual discourse, including their rhetorical effectiveness, impact on audiences, and social/cultural influences.
Through a review of material families, material processing, including material sustainability and innovation strategies, this course will place an emphasis on investigation, research and critical scientific thinking relative to the design brief and problem-solving strategies relative to materials. It will introduce testing methodologies and an introduction to the design brief and problem-solving strategies relative to material choices.
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