Online Bachelor of Science in Design in Industrial Design

Are you passionate about turning creative ideas into products and services that improve society? Become a pioneer in solving novel problems when you pursue a Bachelor of Science in Design in industrial design online from Arizona State University. In this program, you’ll gain the skills needed to brainstorm, refine, build, test and prototype. You’ll graduate equipped to create future-proof products, services and strategies for the greater good of humanity and the planet.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Industrial design: Where creativity meets innovation

Industrial design is broad and includes all forms of making and creating from 3D printing and woodworking to drawing and sewing. This discipline combines innovative and artistic vision with problem-solving abilities and technical expertise. With a commitment to improving the lives of human beings and the environment, industrial designers turn creative ideas into tangible products and services that benefit society. In this bachelor’s in industrial design, you’ll explore all aspects of the design process, including:

  • Ideating.
  • Iterating.
  • Developing.
  • Prototyping.
  • Testing.

The skills you’ll develop as an industrial design major

This program is adaptable and future-focused, ensuring you develop the skills needed to work in the evolving industrial design industry. Courses allow for engaging in design thinking, practicing iterative design and building prototypes. You’ll work in multiple mediums, such as sketching, hand-making models and designing 3D models. You’ll also gain collaboration skills by sharing ideas and gathering feedback on your work, as well as providing feedback to others.

Additionally, you’ll use design software and tools to advance ideas, including Adobe Creative Suite, SolidWorks, KeyShot, Rhino, AutoCAD and Sketchup Pro. To complete your courses, access to a gaming-quality PC is required. While progressing through the program, you’ll need additional materials, however, it’s encouraged to start with basic equipment.

What can you do with an industrial design degree?

Industrial design combines creativity, craft and research to turn ideas into solutions. As a graduate, you can make a social or environmental impact in any industry. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with many types of people such as engineers, business people and expert product users.

For entrepreneurs, this bachelor’s in industrial design will provide the tools needed to jumpstart a path to success. You’ll have a head start on brainstorming ideas, iterating on them and collaborating with others. Or, apply your skills to positions such as an industrial or product designer, user experience designer, design strategist, illustrator, automotive designer, product manager, service designer and more.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Online industrial design courses

Courses will focus on the processes involved in making products, including sketching, creating 2D- and 3D-design files and building models. You’ll engage in virtual, project-based studios that start simple and increase in complexity as your skills grow. This program emphasizes regular discussion and feedback to make iterative designs that improve with each version. You’ll also complete a capstone project and design-based internship to prepare you for working in the industrial design field.


The jobs you could get as an industrial design major

Upon graduating, you’ll be prepared to succeed in product design, collaborative-based projects and roles that incorporate design thinking and research. Because innovation is needed in all spaces, you can pursue design positions in industries as diverse as athletics, automotive repair, toys, houseware, electronics, power tools and more. Potential roles include, but aren’t limited to:

Animator


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $98,950

Art Professor


Growth: 3.2 %
Salary: $77,280

CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)


Growth: 0.9 %
Salary: $64,240

Education Professor


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $66,930

Graphic Designer


Growth: 3.3 %
Salary: $57,990

Industrial Designer


Growth: 2.0 %
Salary: $75,910

Mechanical Drafter


Growth: -7.2 %
Salary: $61,310

Supply Chain Engineer


Growth: 11.7 %
Salary: $96,350

TV/Movie Set Designer


Growth: 7.3 %
Salary: $59,990

Explore product design with faculty who have a broad mix of expertise

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

Explore product design with faculty who have a broad mix of expertise

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

The nation’s largest comprehensive design and arts school

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theater. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

5,300+


students.

400


internationally recognized faculty members.

125


programs in arts, media and engineering, design, dance and theater, film and music.

Top 20


among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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