About the B.F.A. in Product Design
The goal of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design is to train professional-level product designers to enter professional practice as industrial designers and to be creative problem solvers with an integrated skill set of researching, rapid ideation, model making/prototyping, computer-aided design, and professional presentation. The student experiences range from blue-sky conceptual exploration to very critical issues requiring sophisticated research to propose realistic solutions to actual problems. Students engage in social, cultural, and economic issues in the various projects they undertake over the course of their study. Students enter the world as in-house designers working for manufacturers, consultant designers dealing with a range of clients, or as freelance consultants or entrepreneurs developing and licensing their own products or services.
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If you are attending New Student Orientation as a freshman you do not need to bring a portfolio. We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshman. All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.
Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in any of the disciplines below should plan to bring a portfolio, as well as syllabi and course descriptions for those transfer classes. In addition, you may want to bring an additional copy of your transcript.
- Graphic Design
- Advertising Art Direction
- Interior Architecture
- Fine Art
- Product Design
Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in Art History should plan to bring course descriptions and syllabi for those courses.
2nd BA students who took art and design classes as part of their undergraduate degree should bring a copy of their transcripts along with a portfolio of their work.
We regret that we are unable to register any student for upper-level classes without an in-person portfolio review.
Recommended First-Semester Classes
We recommend you try and take 2-3 of the following classes in your first semester as an Product Design major:
- 22-1701 Product Design: Drawing I
- 22-1700 Product Design I: Materials and Techniques