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   Portfolio Review Submissions

Portfolio review submissions are due, today, May 17th by 5pm MST.

Please email your portfolios to

Remember to include your name, 900#, pdf. portfolio, and pdf. Degree Progress Report.

Late submissions will NOT be accepted. No exceptions.

   COVID1-9 Safety Precaution Announcements

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How to Reach the Department of Industrial Design

The Department of Industrial Design's main office is currently working remotely. We are ready to support you via email, phone, or video conferencing. If you need assistance, please call us at 303-615-0599 and leave a detailed message; someone will respond within 48 hours. You can also reach us via email at

If you are trying to reach your faculty advisor, please visit the Student Hub and click on 'Academic Advising' under Course Info. You may email them via the provided link. To learn more about temporary changes to general studies academic advising, please visit our CHAS Advising page. 

For more information, please see the Letter from the Dean of the College of Health and Applied Sciences.


Welcome to Colorado's premier Industrial Design program, a hands-on approach to design education

Metropolitan State University of Denver offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Our program is multifaceted, offering courses in textiles, bicycle design, furniture design, prototyping in metals, woods and plastics, and working with outside industry professionals. Students gain marketable skills through hands-on projects in state-of-the-art laboratories, led by professors who work in the industry. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities and to meet with one of our faculty members. 

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 for which the department strives. Students are required to pass through a portfolio-review process at the end of their 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 on hard copy at the department office (AES 200A). Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree. A minor in Industrial Design is also available.

   Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Registration Information: If you have questions about your degree plan, please contact your faculty advisor, found via your Student Hub, or email us at .

January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Campus Open, No Classes)

January 19th - Classes Begin (Full-Semester Classes)

January 25th - Last day to Drop Full-Semester Spring Classes with 100% refund

February 4th - Last day to Drop Full-Semester Spring classes with 50% refund 

February 22nd - Summer 2021 Priority Registration begins

March 21st - Spring Break begins (Campus Open, No Classes)

April 2nd - Withdrawal deadline for Spring 2021 Full-Semester classes

April 5th - Fall 2021 Priority Registration begins

May 10th - Final Exam week 

May 14th - Spring 2021 Commencement

May 17th - Portfolio Review Submissions Due (by 5pm)

May 31st - Memorial Day (Campus Closed)

June 1st - Maymester Classes in Session

June 14th - Summer Classes Begin for Full-Semester, 8-Week Classes ONLY

August 7th - Summer Classes begin

“I’ve always loved to create things. So when I discovered industrial design, I knew I’d found the right fit. Today, I see adults and younger enthusiasts interact with my designs.”

Sharon Park

Designer for KidRobot | Graduated Spring 2013

Career Prospects

With a degree in Industrial Design from MSU Denver, you might find yourself designing products such as:

Bicycles, cars, computers, furniture, home appliances, toys, medical equipment, skis, and much more.

The biggest take away from this program that is harder to access in the "real world" is the constant availability of someone to get a critique from or to think through a concept with.

Bailey Van Etten

Industrial Designer for Link Product Development | Graduated Fall 2016

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Campus Location:

Aerospace & Engineering Sciences
1449 7th Street
Suite 200A
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:

Campus Box 90, 
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362



The Department of Industrial Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.