Design Department

BS - Industrial Design

The Bachelor of Science Industrial Design (BSID) program prepares students for a career in industrial design through a curriculum in design studio, theory and skill classes supported by courses and content in technology, business, science, the arts and humanities. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, creative design process management, aesthetic theory, communication skills and awareness of business as well as humanistic dimensions of product development. The program draws upon extensive resources of local and internationally prominent design firms and alumni. It emphasizes exposure to professional practice. Studio projects provide experience with a diverse spectrum of products, user scenarios, and industries, leading to a comprehensive professional portfolio. The Industrial Design Program is on the list of schools approved by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Upon successful completion of the first year of study as a BA, Art Concentration in Design Studies, students can elect to participate in the BSID Portfolio Review. This review evaluates a student's demonstrated ability and successful candidates are accepted into the BSID major. The subsequent years of study in the BSID major are highly structured and require passing three annual portfolio courses: DSID 123A, DSID 125A, DSID 128A.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements39
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
DSGN 100W. Writing Workshop: DesignZ3
Preparation for the Major24
Preparation Courses9
ARTH 072. Design in SocietyC13
PHYS 001. Elementary PhysicsB13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
Additional Prep Courses15
DSID 021. Visualization I3
DSID 022. Visualization II3
DSID 031. Industrial Design Foundation I3
DSID 032. Industrial Design Foundation II3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
PHIL 057. Logic and Critical ReasoningA33
Requirements of the Major57
Major Requirements50
DSID 032A. ID Portfolio Project I1
DSID 041. Materials and Processes I3
DSID 121. Industrial Design Process3
DSID 122. Cont. & Crit. Studies: Industrial Design3
DSID 123. Intermediate Industrial Design3
DSID 123A. ID Portfolio Project 23
DSID 125. Advanced Industrial Design3
DSID 125A. ID Portfolio Project 32
DSID 126. Ergonomics for Design3
DSID 129. Visualization III3
DSID 136. Advanced Digital Workshop3
DSID 137. Advanced Physical Prototyping3
DSID 143. Advanced Materials,Process & Technology3
DSGN 127. Internship1-4
Complete four courses from:
DSID 124. Design for All3
DSID 130. Sustainable Design3
DSID 131. Interaction Design3
DSID 132. Softgoods3
DSID 133. Design Projects: Making It3
DSID 134. Design and Meaning3
DSID 135. Design, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property and Professional Practice3
DSID 144. Design for Healthcare3
DSID 128. Advanced Projects in Industrial Design3
Students will take DSID 128 twice, for a total of 6 units.
DSID 128A. ID Portfolio Project 41

Total Units:120