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Advising

IND majors are assigned a faculty advisor from within the department to help guide students during their studies. You can find your advisor, and their current office hours, via your Student Hub, under the ‘Academic Support’ section, and by clicking ‘Get Advising’. If you have not been assigned a department advisor, please contact the department at [email protected].

It is important to mention that Industrial Design majors are required to meet with their faculty advisor every semester until they have completed IND 2450: Beginning ID Studio; then strongly encouraged to continue with advising at least once a year afterwards, to ensure the correct academic path is followed for graduation.

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General Study Advising

For advising related to general study requirements, please visit MSU Denver’s College of Health and Applied Sciences Advising department.

Curriculum Guides

For a complete list of required courses for the B.S. degree in Industrial Design, please choose the appropriate advising map listed below:

Student Learning Outcomes

To the standard of an entry level professional designer, graduating students should be able to:

  1. Perform design research that contributes to the definition and solution of design problems.
  2. Formulate multiple creative design solutions for a given problem, assess those concepts and select the most appropriate final design.
  3. Demonstrate proficient skills in; sketching and rendering with appropriate media, technical drawing, 3-D physical and computer modeling and prototyping.
  4. Develop final design solutions to optimize appropriate use of materials, manufacturing processes, user safety and marketability.
  5. Prepare presentations that demonstrate quality visual organization, verbal skills, writing proficiency and professionalism.
  6. Produce designs that address human-centered design and demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultural and global contexts.
Industrial design student works on a project in a laboratory at MSU Denver.
People sitting on a staircase in the AES Building for a presentation
Students creating models

Sophomore Portfolio Review

Spring 2022 Submission Deadline: Monday, May 16th by 5pm MST

Students majoring in Industrial Design are required to submit a sophomore portfolio, for review by the faculty, after completion of IND 2450: Beginning Industrial Design Studio and all prerequisite courses. Passing the sophomore portfolio review allows access to the upper division IND studio courses. These courses are definitive to Industrial Design graduates and require a passing portfolio before they can be taken. This process is also required for NASAD accreditation and helps control the quantity and quality of the program’s graduates for the benefit of the profession.

Internship Practicum

The Industrial Design Professional Internship provides an opportunity for senior students to gain experience under the guidance of an industry professional. The degree-required course, entitled IND 4960: Professional Internship, requires students to complete a total of 150 hours during the semester in a placement relevant to the practice of Industrial Design (Senior Experience). If a student wishes to do their internship at a site where they are currently employed, the ID Internship must differ from their normal work activities and students must complete a project above and beyond their usual job requirements.

Registering for the Professional Internship course, IND 4960, requires students to meet periodically with the assigned instructor to report on progress, to share concerns, and to ask questions. Although the IND department may share information regarding available internship opportunities with students, it is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship that appeals to them and will help fulfill their long term design learning and educational goals.

Prerequisites: satisfaction of all Level I and Level II General Studies course requirements, senior standing, and completion of IND 4450: Advanced Industrial Design Studio.

Policies

Advising: Department policy requires all Industrial Design majors to meet with a faculty advisor each semester, prior to registration, until IND 2450 – Beginning Industrial Design class is completed. A department hold (IND Adv/Portfolio) will be placed on a student’s account, preventing them from registering for classes, until advising has been completed.

 

Attendance: (As of Spring 2020) Punctual attendance is required and will be taken at the start of each class session. Every two unexcused absences may result in a letter grade reduction in your final grade. More than FOUR unexcused absences may result in failure from the class. An excused absence requires a written explanation letter and/or official documentation from a responsible party (i.e. doctor’s note, health service form, etc.). Arriving to class on time is required. Every three unexcused tardies (arriving more than 15 minutes late) will be considered as one unexcused absence. Individual faculty attendance policy will override department policy.

 

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 the full list of department lab and studio policies.

 

Portfolio review: All students majoring in Industrial Design 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 the ‘Portfolio Review Guide’ button above for more information regarding the screening requirements and process.

 

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.

Material Labs

Spring 2022 open labs have concluded. Please check back for Fall 2022 lab hours.

  • Labs are not available during scheduled classes or outside of open lab hours, and will not be made available during fall break or finals week.
  • Only students needing to work on current IND course-related projects may attend.
  • All students working in the labs will be required to wear face masks, always, and practice social distancing. Any student who does not adhere to the above requirements will be asked to leave the lab immediately.
  • Open lab schedules are subject to change or cancelation at any time and at the department’s discretion.

By entering an IND lab space, you are agreeing to the IND department’s Lab Policies and Procedures.

If you have any questions, please contact our lab coordinator.

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Trying to find some materials for your Industrial Design project?

The Department of Industrial Design has compiled this up-to-date local resource list to assist you in finding materials, that include:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Hardware
  • Industrial supplies
  • Fabric, Leather, Fibers
  • Ceramics, Sculpture
  • Prototyping services

Industrial Design Major Course Descriptions