industrial design

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design program at LTU is a NASAD-accredited, professional baccalaureate degree. The project-centered curriculum at its core focuses on sustainability, ergonomy, user experience, product psychology, business case assessment, entrepreneurship, leadership, packaging, and cultural geography. Structurally, the industrial design program is designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary projects and create opportunities to collaborate with industry professionals on the design and development of product concepts during all four years of the core curriculum. Our facilities, which include dedicated studio space and cutting-edge printing and fabrication labs, support our students’ pursuit of these initiatives.

Read More So conceived, LTU’s Industrial Design program offers many unique opportunities in and out of the classroom, including interdisciplinary opportunities within the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Engineering, and Management and the chance to participate in company-sponsored projects throughout your academic career. In all aspects, the program is designed to uphold LTU’s long-standing commitment to theory and practice, providing you with a better understanding of how products are creatively designed to solve the most critical issues facing our society today.Read Less


Moka Coffee Pots

Product Rendering

Tall Sculpture

Our program prepares students to work in a range of areas, including furniture design, mobility design, user experience/user interface design (UX/UI), display design, design curation, sanitaryware, home accessories, healthcare, mobility, marine, sports tools, soft goods, appliances and display design.

Featured Alumni

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Water bottle Design
Wood Sculpture


Admissions + Curriculum 

Admission into the Industrial Design program follows the University’s admission criteria. Portfolios are not required for admission.

For specific Industrial Design program questions, contact the Chair of Art and Design, Philip Plowright, at pplowright@ltu.edu or the Industrial Design Director, Bilge Nur Saltik, at bsaltik@ltu.edu or click the links below.

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Jane McBride at jmcbride@ltu.edu, 248.204.2835.

Total Semester Credit Hours: 128

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 1103

College Composition

3
DES 1022

Introduction to Design

2
DES 1213

Design Principles

3
IDD 1813

Drawing and Design Geometry

3
MCS 1074

Precalculus

4
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
DES 1223

Design Methodologies

3
IDD 3723

Industrial Design History

3
IDD 1823

Drawing and Design Geometry 2

3
IDD 1523

Basic Prototyping

3
MCS 1254

Geometry in Art

4
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1213

World Masterpieces 1

3
IDD 2813

3D Visualization 1

3
IDD 3713

Human Factors and Ergonomics

3
IDD 2613

Foundations of Product Design

3
IDD 2513

Casting and Construction

3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1223

World Masterpieces 2

3
SSC 2413

Foundations of the Amer. Experience

3
IDD 2823

3D Visualization 2

3
IDD 2623

Human Centered Design

3
DES 2020

Sophomore Portfolio Review

0
ARC 3823

Prototyping and Fabrication

3
Total Credit Hours 15

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 3000

Writing Proficiency Exam

0
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. elective

4
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
IDD 3113

Wearable Technology Design

3
IDD 3613

Sustainable Systems

3
ARC/ARI/ART/GAM/IDD/ATD

CoAD elective

3
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester


Course # Subject Cr Hrs
IDD 3523

Professional Practice

3
BIO/PHY/CHM/GLG/FSC/PSC

1000-4000 level Nat. Sci. elective

3
COM 2103

Technical and Prof. Communication

3
IDD 3823

User Experience and User Interface Design

3
DES 3623

Multi-Disciplinary Design

3
Total Credit Hours 15
SUMMER
DES 4530

Internship

0

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3 or 4XX3

Junior/Senior elective

3
DES 4112

Design Leadership

2
ART 3343

New Media

3
IDD 4613

Design for Impact

3
ARI 3113

Furniture and Millwork Design

3
Total Credit Hours 14

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
IDD 4523

Materials and Manufacturing

3
IDD 4823

Rapid Technology

3
IDD 4624

Senior Thesis

4
IDD 4622

Senior Seminar

2
ARC/ARI/ART/GAM/IDD/ATD

CoAD elective

3
Total Credit Hours 15
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