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Product Design is a rigorous four-year program that prepares students for work as product designers and entrepreneurs. Students will blend design, business and marketing courses to develop the holistic skill set they’ll need to succeed in the product design industry.

Our program is all about the studio: the place where students experiment, discover, problem solve and innovate. It’s where creativity meets critical thinking, where theory meets reality, and where product designers learn by doing.

Our hands-on curriculum focuses on three major themes: Creativity & Innovation, Leadership, and Technology. You’ll begin with design basics and gradually tackle more complex projects. In your third and fourth year, you’ll customize your program by choosing electives in marketing, business, or other fields.

The Product Design program concludes with a graduation project that you’ll debut at Graduation Design event, which is often attended by industry, media and the business community.

YEAR 1 - Fundamentals & Discovery

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION CREATIVITY & INNOVATION CREATIVITY & INNOVATION LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP

Studio 1: Design Methods
DEPD 1100 | 3 CR

Visualization for Product Design
DEPD 1110 | 3 CR

Model Making 
DEPD 1140 | 3 CR

Design Thinking 
DEPD 1130 | 3 CR

Introduction to University Writing
ENGL 1100 | 3 CR

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP

Designing for Humanity
FIND 1150 | 3 CR

Computer Fundamentals
DEPD 1240 | 3 CR

Digital Technologies for Product Design
DEPD 1220 | 3 CR

Construction Technologies
DEPD 1250 | 3 CR

Interdisciplinary Design History II 
FIND 1220 | 3 CR

Year 2 - Exploration & Divergence

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP

Studio 2: Design Content
DEPD 2310 | 6 CR

Material Technology 
DEPD 2320 | 3 CR

Transformative Thinking for Product Design 
DEPD 2330 | 3 CR

Human Factors for Product Design 
DEPD 2331 | 3 CR

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP

Studio 3: Design Context 
DEPD 2410 | 6 CR

Production Technology 
DEPD 2420 | 3 CR

Socio-Cultural Issues in Design 
DEPD 2430 | 3 CR

Intro to Marketing 
MRKT 1199 | 3 CR

Year 3 - Engagement & Practice

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP

Studio 4: Design Engagement 
DEPD 3510 | 6 CR

Production Cycle: Manufacturing + Strategies 
DEPD 3520 | 3 CR

Semiotics for Product Design 
DEPD 3530 | 3 CR

Elective 
XXXX XXXX | 3 CR

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP

Studio 5: Design Implementation
DEPD 3610 | 6 CR

Product Development in Manufacturing
DEPD 3620 | 3 CR

Industry Experience
DEPD 3630 | 3 CR

Elective 
XXXX XXXX | 3 CR

Year 4 - Convergence & Realization

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP

Studio 6: Design Evaluation
DEPD 4710 | 6 CR

Products and Business Scenarios 
DEPD 4720 | 3 CR

Contemporary Issues in Marketing 
MRKT 4177 | 3 CR

Elective 
XXXX XXXX | 3 CR

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP

Studio 7: Design Projections
DEPD 4810 | 9 CR

The Business of Product Design
DEPD 4831 | 3 CR

Elective 
XXXX XXXX | 3 CR