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Product Design

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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On Campus Freshmen Students

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 freshmen.  All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.

On Campus Transfer Students

Students should expect to see the results of applying to transfer course credit in the following classes no later than 4 weeks after transcripts have been evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation:

  • • Art History II
  • • Beginning Drawing
  • • 2-D Design & 3-D Design (unless course is otherwise named, then clarification of course content may be needed)

Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in the following disciplines 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 transcripts: 

  • • Graphic Design
  • • Advertising Art Direction
  • • Illustration
  • • 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 transfer student for upper level courses without a portfolio review.

For more information regarding our transfer credit policies please visit:
Art + Design Transfer Credit Policies

Distance Freshmen Students

We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshmen.  All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.

For information regarding registration and major specific class selection please refer to your Orientation Guide.

Distance Transfer Students

Students should expect to see the results of applying to transfer course credit in the following classes:

  • • Art History II
  • • Beginning Drawing
  • • 2-D Design & 3-D Design(unless course is otherwise named, then clarification of course content may be needed)

For more information regarding our transfer credit policies please visit:
Art + Design Transfer Credit Policies


Recommended First-Semester Classes

We recommend you try and take 2-3 of the following classes in your first semester as a Product Design major:

  • • 22-1220 Fundamentals of 2D Design
  • • 22-1230 Fundamentals of 3D Design

Transfer students should register for these two major courses, but should plan on meeting with a faculty advisor prior to the start of classes.


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