Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Industrial Design

General

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Program Description

The School of Industrial Design's BFA program gives students the freedom to pursue their personal design visions within a structured and supportive academic environment. Led by a faculty of industry veterans, students are taught to approach their work with equal regard for aesthetic, business, and societal considerations.

Course Description

Semester 1

  • IND 111: Perspective for Industrial Design
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 123: Computer Drafting
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 138: Model Making 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 147: Design Problem Solving
    Core / 3 Units

Semester 2

  • FND 122: Color Fundamentals
    Core / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • IND 151: Design Drawing 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 163: Digital Imaging 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 180: Development of Form
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 108: Composition for the Artist
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 239: Materials & Processes
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 3

  • IND 211: Design Drawing 2
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 223: Digital 3D Modeling 1
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 240: Product Design 1
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 120: Art History Through the 15th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 291: Designing Careers
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 4

  • IND 251: Design Drawing 3
    Core / 3 Units
  • IND 263: Digital 3D Modeling 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 271: Product Modeling
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 280: Product Design 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 323: Digital Solid Modeling
    Major / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 121: Art History Through the 19th Century
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer

Semester 5

  • IND 311: Product Drawing
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 330: Model Making 3
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 340: Product Design 3
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 381: Graphics & Portfolio
    Core / 3 Units
  • LA 118: History of Industrial Design
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 6

  • IND 363: Digital Imaging 2
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 380: Product Design 4
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 110: Writing the Short Story
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 119: Fabric and Fiber Technology
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 124: Physics for Artists: Light, Sound, and Motion
    Liberal Arts/ 3 Units
  • LA 304: Crowdfunding & Social Media Marketing
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • LA 306: Creatively Speaking: Presentation for Designers
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 7

  • IND 111B: Perspective for Industrial Design - B
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 440: Product Design 5
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 117: Survey of Landscape Architecture
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • LA 127: Topics in World Art
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units

Semester 8

  • IDS 500: Internship in Industrial Design
    Elective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • IND 111B: Perspective for Industrial Design - B
    Major / 3 Units
  • IND 384: Portfolio Development
    Elective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
  • IND 480: Product Design 6
    Major / 3 Units
  • LA 171: Western Civilization
    Liberal Arts / 3 Units
  • N/A: Any Course
    Elective / 3 Units

Unit Requirements

Degree Requirements

BFA Industrial Design Degree Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
  • 1 Written Communication: Composition
  • 1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
  • 1 Written Communication: Context & Style
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness: Surveys
  • 1 Historical Awareness
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices

After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Fundamental Skills

  • Produce accurate, well-composed sketches/drawings, using traditional and/or digital tools, to effectively communicate design concepts, proposals, and intentions
  • Demonstrate perspective accuracy in drawings
  • Demonstrate effective composition in visual communications
  • Demonstrate effective application of shading and contrast in visual communications
  • Apply craftsmanship in visual communications
  • Visually communicate color, materials, and texture in drawings
  • Produce accurate orthographic drawings
  • Produce orthographic views and perspective views that relate accurately to each other
  • Produce well-crafted 3-D models, using traditional and/or digital tools, complete with color and material indications
  • Produce models demonstrating craftsmanship including accuracy of dimension, surface quality, and finishing quality
  • Select appropriate materials and processes to craft object
  • Produce models accurate to 2D drawings

Design Skills

  • Collect data appropriate for the given project
  • Describe how the data inform project decisions, draw informed conclusions (forecasting)
  • Identify a problem based on research findings
  • Produce a variety of concepts to address a stated problem
  • Set design criteria relevant to the proposed project
  • Apply basic design principles to solve the identified problem with consideration for sustainability
  • Demonstrate creativity in design ideas
  • Demonstrate refinement of design throughout the design process
  • Complete designs to meet all indicated design criteria
  • Use form, color, materials, and textures appropriate to the project

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional portfolio appropriate for seeking employment within the industry
  • Demonstrate graphic sensitivity in portfolio design through page layout, use of fonts, and color selection
  • Design portfolio to clearly communicate design processes and design story

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university i ... Read More

For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university in the nation. Read less
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