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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The School of Industrial Design's BFA program gives students the freedom to pursue their personal design visions within a structured and supportive academic environment. Led by a faculty of industry veterans, students are taught to approach their work with equal regard for aesthetic, business, and societal considerations.

BFA Industrial Design Unit Requirements

Core 36 Units
Major 42 Units
Art Electives 9 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

BFA Industrial Design Degree Requirements

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 4 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course
  • 1 Cultural Ideas and Influences course
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course

And:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

Additional Information

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research & Analysis

  • Effectively conduct research to acquire the necessary information for design projects
  • Analyze acquired information to determine target audience and design criteria

Design Quality

  • Generate creative and feasible concepts for a target audience
  • Apply basic industrial design principles to solve problems identified in the research and analysis phase
  • Generate design proposals, targeted to the intended audience, complete with color and material choices

Visual Communication

  • Produce accurate, well composed sketches/drawings using traditional or digital tools to effectively communicate design concepts, proposals, and intentions
  • Produce well crafted 3-D models (traditional or digital) complete with color and material indications
  • Present design proposals reflecting the entire process of the design project
  • Demonstrate graphic sensitivity in page layout, font, color, and so on…

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional portfolio of work demonstrating their skills to a potential employer

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The School of Industrial Design's AA program affords students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of physical design. Graduates with an Associate of Arts degree are prepared for a seamless transition into the BFA program.

AA Industrial Design Unit Requirements

Core 33 units
Major 15 units
Liberal Arts 18 units
TOTAL 66 units

AA Industrial Design Degree Requirements

  • 2 Written Communication courses
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices course

And:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

Additional Information

AA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research & Analysis

  • Effectively conduct research to acquire the necessary information for design projects
  • Analyze acquired information to determine target audience and design criteria

Design Quality

  • Generate creative and feasible concepts for a target audience
  • Apply basic industrial design principles to solve problems identified in the research and analysis phase
  • Generate design proposals, targeted to the intended audience, complete with color and material choices

Visual Communication

  • Produce accurate, well composed sketches/drawings using traditional or digital tools to effectively communicate design concepts, proposals, and intentions
  • Produce well-crafted 3-D models (traditional or digital) complete with color and material indications
  • Present design proposals reflecting the entire process of the design project
  • Demonstrate graphic sensitivity in page layout, font, color, and so on

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Industrial Design. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Industrial Design. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Certificate in Industrial Design Unit Requirements

Core 36 Units
Major 42 Units
By Advisement 24 units
Art Electives 12 units
Art History 6 units
TOTAL 120 units

Industrial Design Certificate Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all major coursework

Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Research & Analysis

  • Effectively conduct research to acquire the necessary information for design projects
  • Analyze acquired information to determine target audience and design criteria

Design Quality

  • Generate creative and feasible concepts for a target audience
  • Apply basic industrial design principles to solve problems identified in the research and analysis phase
  • Generate design proposals, targeted to the intended audience, complete with color and material choices

Visual Communication

  • Produce accurate, well composed sketches/drawings using traditional or digital tools to effectively communicate design concepts, proposals, and intentions
  • Produce well crafted 3-D models (traditional or digital) complete with color and material indications
  • Present design proposals reflecting the entire process of the design project
  • Demonstrate graphic sensitivity in page layout, font, color, and so on…

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional portfolio of work demonstrating their skills to a potential employer

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Classes

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Undergraduate Degree Breakdowns

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Rooted in practical skills and professional knowledge, the BFA degree provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Industrial Design. The general education program (Liberal Arts) supports major coursework by promoting the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Industrial Design.

Associate of Arts (AA)

The Associate of Arts degree provides students with an introduction to a particular field of study in art and design with a firm foundation in the concepts and problem-solving skills of that field. Once earned, the Associate's degree can also be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Academy of Art University Associate of Arts Degree is specifically designed for seamless transition into the Academy of Art University Bachelor of Arts Degree and to apply for entry level positions in the industry.

 

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