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Degree Courses - Industrial Design

DS240: Materials & Methods I
Materials & Methods I builds upon the development of design process with attention to the refinement of design skills through efficient research, analysis, problem-solving and project development. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to recognize and comprehend the responsibility of the designer to society at large.

This course focuses on the skills required to fulfill specific conceptual objectives using a variety of materials and processes. Students will use the design processes of concept drawing, pattern making, and mock-ups to design original work which becomes the basis for the establishment of skills criteria. Assimilation of information from lectures, demonstrations, hand-outs and studio experiences will be evident as students execute a series of increasingly sophisticated shapes, forms in woods, metals, plastics and composition materials. Emphasis is placed on the safe and intelligent use of tools particularly stationary power equipment. e.g., machines that cut, drill, spot-weld, grind and finish. Techniques of fabrication of designed objects will be explored such as cut plans and layouts, proper location of drilling holes, riveting and finishing for example. Mass production methods will be explored and developed for the last project and developed for sale at MIAD in the Design Factory.

This course will address material focused projects emphasizing design processes typical of industrial design as practiced professionally. Students will identify and demonstrate a clear understanding of the designed object by creating multiple form languages. These projects will place emphasis on industrial design students’ ability to be innovative and creative.

This analysis will include a study of materials, form, function, use, scale, and user interface and user experience. The project will then culminate in a design that incorporates the traditional design process of sketches, form refinement, digital drafting, sketch models, final appearance model, and photo-documented booklet, suitable for client presentation and/or inclusion in a portfolio.

Materials & Methods I emphasizes the specific hand and power tool techniques necessary to develop controlled edges, surfaces and assemblies through a series of increasingly difficult design problems and using a variety of materials including plastics, woods, metals, adhesives, paints and fasteners. Accompanying assignments are the processes of sketching alternative ideas and refinement of forms through mock-ups, maquettes, patterns and orthographic drawings.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F130 & F113/F115


DS241: Materials & Methods II
Building upon the information and skills developed in Materials & Methods I, the emphasis in Materials & Methods II is placed on mechanism, the relationship between internal components, structure and form, additive and reductive means of developing form and the means by which multiple parts are produced. Students develop the knowledge to produce accurately finished models with hand techniques in a variety of materials.

Materials & Methods II is divided into two projects each subdivided into two phases. The first phase of the first project is an in-depth analysis of the gears, pulleys, shafts, bearings, and cams etc., which make up a mechanism. This first phase of the project is followed by a mechanical problem involving the transfer of power to a wheel set held within a light-weight structure. The setting will include performance objectives using a limited power source.

The second project requires form, function and semantic resolution using automotive modeling clay. Multiple parts, product graphics and color will be generated in the process of building a final appearance model.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS240


DS250: Industrial Design I
The focus in Industrial Design I is the principles and elements of three-dimensional design as they relate to form, structure, and industrial design. Topics include the theory of organization of forms, product semantics, aesthetics, introduction to engineering principles, and the basic skills of the design process.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F130 & F113/F115


DS251: Industrial Design II
The focus in Industrial Design II the principles and elements of three-dimensional design as they relate to function, value and aesthetics. Building on the skills and knowledge gained in ID1, a series of projects will develop the students’ ability to successfully solve specific fundamental problems in form and function and present the work in a cohesive and professional format. Topics will include research, analysis, semantics, user interface, form construction and visual communication.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS250


DS252: Technical Illustration
Technical Illustration continues the development of technical drawing skills presented in the first year. The fundamentals of depicting two- and three-dimensional space, form and structure are addressed. Emphasis is given to both technical understanding and visual portrayals of objects and volumes, and orthographic view projection.

Using a step-by-step series of assignments, students will develop competency in orthographic, isometric and perspective views of designs leading to basic design control drawing documentation. Included in the course will be graphic page layout, hand-lettering, visual hierarchy, form depiction with shading, shadow casting, and reflections. Students will learn how to layout accurate perspective with correct focal length and dimensional indexing using Trimble SketchUp. Basic CAD will be introduced using SolidWorks.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F130 & F113/F115


DS253: Visualization Techniques I
Drawing skills presented in Technical Illustration are developed further in Visualization Techniques I. Students will briefly review perspective theories and master multiple techniques for creating and communicating a wide variety of product forms through drawing. Attention is given to the accurate depiction of product forms, surfaces and details in a variety of media during this course.

This is the second course in a series of four courses designed to develop the student’s ability to draw concepts and ideas in a professional studio environment. Students are instructed in specific techniques used to describe a wide variety of forms, surfaces and designs.

This course addresses essential techniques and skills which are applied to visual problem solving. Demonstrations will be made with a variety of traditional drawing and rendering media in class. Essential tools include Prismacolor Pencils, Pens, Markers and a few key paper selections.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS252


DS340: Industrial Design III
Industrial Design III builds upon the development of design process with attention to the refinement of design skills through efficient research, analysis, problem-solving and project development. Emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to recognize and comprehend the responsibility of the designer to society at large.

This course will address client-focused projects emphasizing design processes typical of industrial design as practiced professionally. The first project involves the breakdown, analysis and redesign of a product or a tool that contains mechanical components. The second project involves the analysis and redesign of an electronic consumer product. Students will identify and demonstrate a clear understanding of visual brand language by creating multiple form languages. One of these two projects may be a collaborative project with industry.

Both of these projects will place emphasis on industrial design students’ ability to be innovative and creative. The project that stresses a breakdown and analysis will demonstrate the worldwide nature of product manufacturing. This product will be disassembled with students during the first few class meetings and the instructor will point out the various shipping, outsourcing, materials, engineering and manufacturing capacities manifested by the product.

The project that addresses consumer electronics will require careful analysis and its documentation. This analysis will include a study of materials, form, function, use, scale, and user interface and user experience. The project will then culminate in a design that incorporates the traditional design process of sketches, form refinement, digital drafting, sketch models, final appearance model, and photo-documented booklet, suitable for client presentation and/or inclusion in a portfolio.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS251


DS341: Industrial Design IV
Industrial Design IV continues to build upon the design process through design research, design thinking, analysis, problem solving and refinement of design skills with emphasis placed on the studentʼs ability to recognize and comprehend the responsibility of the designer to society at large.

The goal of Industrial Design IV is furthering the education of ID students through interaction with outside entities. Students are expected to work individually or in teams to provide ideas and concepts to problems presented by collaborative entities or individuals outside of MIAD.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS340


DS342: Materials & Methods III
Materials & Methods III focuses on the processes used in industry for manufacturing consumer products. Building upon Materials & Methods I and II, students will in a comprehensive manner explore the characteristics, properties and appropriate use of materials for mass production of products made with thermoplastics and thermoset plastics and ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

This course involves a more academic approach to the study of materials and methods typical of manufacturing. This approach is oriented towards the study of common processes, their limits, and characteristics. Attention will be given to how materials are specified, how materials and methods of manufacture have common interfaces and how specific materials are linked to specific processes. To achieve the above, students will study materials and manufacturing methods from the class textbook, have access to the CES Edupack software, will view DVDs on materials and processes, and will attend field trips to off-campus sites to observe the manufacturing processes studied in the classroom.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS241


DS344: Computer Applications for Industrial Design I
Computer Applications for Industrial Design I is a first-semester junior course, which introduces the basic conventions and understandings of computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided industrial design (CAID). Emphasis is given to developing the potential of computers as engineering and technical illustration drawing tools, as well as the Cartesian Coordinate System as it applies to three-dimensional wire frame models.

Computer Applications for Industrial Design I draws from the student’s previous experience with technical descriptions of products or systems in their studies of perspective, orthographic drawing, rendering, the industrial design studio course work The elements and principles of control line drawing and computer- aided engineering drawing will be covered in depth using Solidworks.

Additionally, course work will be devoted to the essential components of wire frame drawing and three- dimensional solid modeling principles and surface development within the Cartesian Coordinate System.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS250 & DS252


DS345: Computer Applications for Industrial Design II
Computer Applications for Industrial Design II is a Second-semester Solidworks course, which expands on the basic conventions and understandings of computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided industrial design (CAID). Emphasis is given to developing the potential of computers as engineering and technical illustration drawing tools, as well as the Cartesian Coordinate System as it applies to three-dimensional wire frame models.

Computer Applications for Industrial Design II draws from the student’s previous experience with technical descriptions of products or systems in their studies of perspective, orthographic drawing, rendering, the industrial design studio course work. The elements and principles of control line drawing and computer-aided engineering drawing will be covered in depth using Solidworks

Additionally, course work will be devoted to the essential components of wire frame drawing and three-dimensional solid modeling principles and surface development within the Cartesian Coordinate System.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS344


DS352: Visualization Techniques II
In Visualization Techniques II, drawing skills presented in Visual Techniques I are developed further. Students will review perspective, shadow, rendering techniques and reflection theories. Attention is given to the accurate depiction of various materials and surfaces in a variety of media during the first semester.

This is the fourth course in a series of courses designed to develop the student’s ability to draw concepts and ideas in a professional studio environment. Students are instructed in specific techniques used to describe complex forms, surfaces and designs. This course addresses advanced techniques and skills applied to more challenging visual problems. Demonstrations will be made of different rendering media in class; including markers, pastels, colored pencils and opaque watercolors. Different types of surface media will be explored such as: bond, Canson, vellum, crescent board and newsprint.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS252


DS359: Human Factors
This course covers human factors, anthropometry and ergonomics. Emphasis is given to the interaction between consumer products, environments and their users (including the elderly and individuals with disabilities). For this course students are provided with a source of anthropometric data relevant to the nature of the design problems most frequently encountered in their future professional practice.

Ergonomics/human factors is a multi-disciplinary design science involving the gathering of information on peopleʼs physical capabilities for the purpose of designing products, medical equipment, workplaces, furniture, automobiles, motorcycles, etc. In the United States the military and aerospace industries were the first to use human factors principles in their designs. Today most branches of industry have understood that well-designed consumer products, equipment and workplaces improve productivity, safety and increase user satisfaction.

The terms ergonomics (from the Greek ERGO or work) and human factors are often used synonymously. Both describe the interaction between the user and the task or activities to be performed and both are concerned with trying to reduce unnecessary stress in the workplace and home or office environments.

Ergonomics has traditionally focused on how work affects people including their physiological responses from physically demanding work to environmental stressors such as heat, noise, illumination and visual monitoring tasks. In contrast, human factors as practiced in the United States focuses on peopleʼs behavior as they interact with consumer products, workplaces, on human size and strength. The emphasis of human factors is often on designs that reduce potential for human error such as on consumer products, interface design, medical equipment, furniture, automobile dashboards, aircraft cockpits, etc.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS344


DS440: Industrial Design V
In Industrial Design V students will identify specific design needs or projects that become the basis for their design activities either in team or individual projects. Attention is given to all phases of the design process in advanced product design and to further develop their communication skills by presenting to visiting professionals.

Whenever possible students will work in teams when they participate in a collaborative project and/or a national student design competition endorsed by Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), such as the International Housewares Association (IHA), the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) or others. Participation and placing in a design competition is an excellent benchmarking tool for the students versus others as well as a means to facilitate their entry in the profession.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS341


DS441: Industrial Design VI: Senior Project
This is the final course in the Industrial Design studio sequence. Students will undertake a 12-week final project that provides opportunities to develop and document advanced skills in problem solving and technical areas. Students will also concentrate on completing their design portfolio.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS440


DS442: Industrial Design Professional Practice
Professional Practice is a first-semester senior level course that introduces the basic concept of business practices of industrial design. Through various materials, handouts and presentations by faculty or outside professionals, the students gain an understanding of their future profession’s business practices.

Industrial Design Professional Practice covers the following subject areas:
• The Code of Ethics and Standards of professional conduct and practices set by IDSA
• Consulting office versus corporate office practices
• Basic contracts for industrial design
• How to conduct an entry level job search
• How to interview as an entry level industrial designer
• Development of an entry-level designer's Curriculum Vitae (résumé) • Development of an entry-level portfolio and of a portfolio teaser
• Development of a business proposal and industrial design specific correspondence • Development of multi-phase budget
• Intellectual property protection: copyright, trademark, patent and design patent laws • Application methods and legal procedures for intellectual property protection

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS341


DS451: Display & Exhibition Design
Display & Exhibition Design focuses primarily on trade shows and point-of-purchase systems. Emphasis is given to practical applications and budgeting.

The focus of this course is to give students a working awareness of exhibit design and exhibit systems, of display design, and POP (Point of Purchase) design processes. The application of design skills in this industry can offer graduates many opportunities. Exposure to the language, materials, technique, and pace of these disciplines through a number of projects in this course is expected to enhance the student’s portfolio. One of these projects will be to design a display using the same information that is given to professional designers.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS440


Download the 2016-17 Program of Study Catalog, with every Major and all course descriptions.

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