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Industrial Design

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Industrial Design Courses

Intro to 2D and 3D Digital Processing

Course No. IND 202X  Credits: 1.5

This class is highly recommended to sophomore ID students but is open for anyone but with little or no knowledge of ALIAS and physical model creation. Emphasis will be placed in converting traditional sketch media into physically accurate 2D designs. Software used will be primarily Autodesk ALIAS but also Sketchbook Designer and Adobe Illustrator will be used as source data.

Industrial Design 1.1

Course No. IND 235  Credits: 3.0

This course will focus on basic processes and principles of industrial design and product development. An emphasis will be placed on user-centered problem solving, and methods for achieving innovative results. Multiple semester projects are structured around key design concepts and individual career interests. Projects are structured to reinforce research, concept generation and refinement, resulting in solutions that address functional and aesthetic issues. Regular formal reviews with enable individuals to develop verbal and visual presentation skills, and formal lectures will be balanced against one-on-one in-studio instruction. Offered sophomore fall.

Industrial Design 1.2 (EP)

Course No. IND 236  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Dan Cuffaro
Prerequisite(s) Industrial Design 1.1

This course is an extension of Industrial Design 1.1, with a focus on advanced industrial design and product development processes and principles. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth analysis and synthesis, in addition to market-driven exploration. One semester project will focus on problem solving based on systematic ergonomic testing, while the other is a sponsored project that involves interaction with design, marketing and engineering professionals. Regular formal reviews will enable individuals to develop verbal and visual presentation skills, and formal lectures will be balanced against one-on-one in-studio instruction (prerequisite: Industrial Design 1.1). Offered sophomore spring. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.

Materials + Processes

Course No. IND 239  Credits: 1.5
Faculty Adrian Slattery

This course provides an overview of contemporary manufacturing methods used in industry, in addition to the material selections used to support them. Lectures will provide an overview of the generally accepted design practices for selected manufacturing processes and materials, along with a framework to make cost-based decisions for selecting a specific process. Class activities will include disassembly and evaluation of the manufacturing methods used in an electro-mechanical consumer device. Each class will include lectures and exercises, and will be supplemented with assigned readings and regular performance opportunities.

Materials + Processes

Course No. IND 240  Credits: 1.5

This course is an extension of the Fall Materials + Processes and will focus on contemporary manufacturing methods used in industry, in addition to the material selections used to support them. Lectures will provide an overview of the generally accepted design practices for selected manufacturing processes and materials, along with a framework to make cost-based decisions for selecting a specific process. Class activities will include disassembly and evaluation of the manufacturing methods used in an electro-mechanical consumer device. Each class will include lectures and exercises, and will be supplemented with assigned readings and regular performance opportunities. Offered fall.

Transportation Design (EP)

Course No. IND 250T-251T-350T-351T-450T-4  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Dennis Futo

This series of courses exposes students to the basic knowledge, skills and qualities that are important for a career in transportation design. CIA faculty and practicing transportation designers will demonstrate methods for creating context, inspiring designs, ideation through sketching/rendering, physical model building and verbal and visual communication. Specific project themes will be driven by industry sponsors while deliverables will be determined by the individual aptitude and experience. Regular formal reviews will enable individuals to develop verbal and visual presentation skills, and formal lectures will be balanced against one-on-one in-studio instruction.

Professional designers, both staff level and management, in addition to guests with specialized industry expertise will visit throughout the semester. Series of six courses required of Transportation Track students. Offered fall and spring. IND 350T, 351T 450T, 451T each fulfills Engaged Practice requirement. Each course in the series carries 3 credits.

Ergonomics + Design

Course No. IND 280  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Carla J. Blackman

This course focuses the process of designing for human use. Anthropometrics, task analysis, user experience, research and safety are explored. Course content is aligned with projects in Industrial Design 1.2. Each class will include lectures and exercises, and will be supplemented with assigned readings and regular performance opportunities. Offered sophomore spring.

Communication Skills

Course No. IND 285  Credits: 3.0

This course will focus on the development of effective visual communication for product design. An emphasis will be placed on exploring and communicating ideas through manual sketching, rendering, orthographic drawing, modeling and verbal/visual presentation. Studio time will include demos, one-day assignments, work time and one-on-one instruction. Coursework is designed to align with projects in Industrial Design 1.1. Offered fall.

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Dan Cuffaro

Associate Professor | Chair of Industrial Design

Dan Cuffaro is a designer, educator, and entrepreneur. He consults in the area of industrial design, design st...more

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