The Department of Industrial Design

The Industrial Design program focuses on teaching the skills, knowledge, and dispositions required to facilitate product design for manufacturing industries. An industrial designer typically creates new product ideas or re-designs existing products in a collaborative effort with marketing, engineering, and production teams. Designers create and develop product ideas and then communicate those ideas to clients and production entities through technical drawings, concept and final renderings, mock-ups, models and prototypes.

The curriculum at MSU Denver prepares students for professional design practice by teaching graphic and verbal presentation skills as well as hands on technical skills to enhance their innate creativity. Collaborative projects with other disciplines and industry partners are a vital part of the curriculum and typically occur in the design studio classes. Students also do a professional internship as their senior experience to further enhance the real world learning the department strives for. Students are required to pass through a portfolio review process at the end of the sophomore year to allow registration for upper division studio courses thus maintaining the quality of the program's graduates. The details of this process are outlined on the department website and available in hard copy at the department office- BLD/TE-124.Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science Degree. A minor in Industrial Design is also available.

The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and works with the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) to enhance the profession. The department has an active student IDSA chapter and faculty involved in the national leadership of IDSA. Through this solid foundation of an accredited curriculum, and real world learning opportunities, the program's graduates are well equipped to meet the challenges of the competitive Industrial Design industry.

To see IND Course descriptions click here: Denver IND Course Descriptions

Download the program information packet: IND Information Packet 16-17



The mission of the Industrial Design Department is to provide a high quality experiential learning environment to produce graduates who are critical thinkers and innovative problem solvers with a refined sense of aesthetics, technology and culture.

The department collaborates with the professional community to augment the development of skills, knowledge and dispositions that enable graduates to immediately function as entry-level professional industrial designers.

The department goals to fulfill the mission are:

  • To employ faculty who have appropriate professional and academic experience, demonstrate excellence in teaching, perform scholarly activity, and contribute meaningful service to the university and the community.
  • To offer a curriculum that continually develops the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that allow success in the practice of Industrial Design. To incorporate and maintain currency with technologies used in the field
  • To develop new professional collaborations and innovative approaches that emphasize practical experiences and critical thinking.
  • To produce lifelong learners inspired by diverse disciplines and cultures, and prepare them for future success in a global society.


Department Policies

Test challenge of courses: Only IND 1450- Industrial Drawing and CAD is open to test challenge. Contact the instructor of this course if you wish to test challenge the course. Copies of the College policies relevant to test challenge are available online or at the department office in the Boulder Creek / Technology Building room 124.

Advising: All students that have declared Industrial Design as their major have been ASSIGNED TO SPECIFIC ADVISORS in the department. Each full time faculty is available to assist students with advising issues. A master list of assigned advisees is kept in the department office in the Boulder Creek / Technology Building (BLD/TE) room 124. Be SURE to speak with an advisor with the ID department before taking courses! Feel free to visit BLD/TE 124, call 303-556-2916 or contact the faculty person directly for an appointment.

Portfolio review: All students are required to submit a portfolio, for review by the faculty, after completion of IND 2450- Beginning Industrial Design Studio and all prerequisite courses. Passing the portfolio review allows access to the upper division studio courses. These courses are definitive to Industrial Design graduates and require a passing portfolio before they can be taken. This process is required for NASAD accreditation and helps control the quantity and quality of the program’s graduates for the benefit of the profession. Click Portfolio Review Process FINAL 10.17.16 to download the packet.

Material and Computer Labs, Design Studio, and Photo Studio: The labs are essential components of the Industrial Design department and because of liability issues and lab support costs, laboratory equipment is for the use of students currently enrolled in and paying tuition and student fees for IND classes for which labs are a requirement. Students not currently enrolled in IND courses or alumni who have graduated with an IND degree wanting to use IND labs must get prior approval from the Chairperson to work in the labs. Under no circumstances are non-active IND students, non-IND majors, or alumni allowed to use IND power tools even if access is approved.  Click IND Lab Policies and Procedures to view all policies.

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The Industrial Design major is now accredited by the National Association For Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD is the only accreditation that the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) recognizes.

The Metropolitan State University of Denver is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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