Industrial Design

Industrial Design Curriculum

All incoming undergraduate students first complete the Core Design Program, and then apply for admission to the professional Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) program.

Our curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in product design and then adds complementary influences from business and engineering to create one of the most comprehensive industrial design experiences in the country. Download BID Curriculum Sheet (PDF)

We provide numerous opportunities to discover and practice the industry's most desirable skills, from digital sculpting and high-tech model making to professional internships and study abroad to make our graduates competitive in the market place.

Recommended High School Preparation
Beyond meeting the minimum high school requirements for admission to Iowa State University and the College of Design, students who plan to enter the professional Bachelor of Industrial Design degree program are encouraged, but not required, to take courses in:

  • Art
  • Photography
  • Journalism
  • Computer science
  • Physics