Industrial Design (Product Design) BFA

Department of Art and Design


Industrial Design (Product Design)  BFA: The Big Picture

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, (BFA) in Industrial Design is a 120-credit professional degree program designed to assist students to become visionary thinkers and socially responsible designers. During the course of the program, participants will develop critical thinking, research and creative problem solving skills, as well as acquire skills pertinent to the practice. Our objective is to teach students how to optimize the aesthetic, technical and social characteristics of products and enhance the look and feel of the world around us.

In partnership with manufacturing companies and design firms, the program reflects the highest standards of the profession. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides focused learning to become visionary thinkers and socially responsible designers. With our solid industry relationships, professionals are regularly in the classroom to work with students and recruit for potential career opportunities

Our alumni begin their design careers upon graduation at various design firms, corporate clients, or further their studies at the graduate level.

Companies that hired our ID graduates

Movado Group
Marchon Eyewear
Toys ‘R’ Us
EK Success
Aqua Products
Kid Designs (SDI Tech

Liberty Science Center
Children’s Place
Limited Brands - Victoria Secrets
J&M Lifestyles
Bill Miller Engineering

Marine Accessories Co.
High IntenCity
Z Berger Inc.
Juicy Couture
Randa Luggage


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The Industrial Designer

The role of an industrial designer is to create and execute design solutions for problems of form, usability, ergonomics, marketing, brand development, and sales. Successful product brands are designed to satisfy the user’s aesthetic and emotional needs, while addressing essential ergonomic, manufacturing and technical requirements. Industrial designers (product designers) generally work in research and product development teams for manufacturing industry, or work at design consultancies and assigned to multiple design projects, often of different nature.


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What You Will Study

You will learn to balance problem solving, aesthetics, and business principles in the design and development of commercial and consumer products. As lowerclassman, free hand and digital sketching, presentation techniques, model making, problem solving, 3D digital modeling will give you the entry-level competency to excel in the major. In upper classes, you will focus on developing your ability to form and defend value judgment and to communicate ideas, concepts and requirements on professional level. You will also learn about legal and ethical implications of design.

Advanced design classes concentrate on independent design projects in collaboration with industry partners.

In senior year, you will complete a thesis project that gives evidence of significant technical mastery, capability to solve professional problems and address a coherent set of creative and intellectual goals.

A seven-credit internship requirement provides invaluable hands-on design experience that serves many students as a bridge toward a career in industrial design.

Design classes range from 14-18 students to ensure personalized attention.

For complete Industrial Design BFA course requirements and descriptions, go to:

 Industrial Design Portfolio

Consult with your teachers and ask for their assistance.

Keep in mind that your portfolio is a mirror of who you are as a designer. The portfolio communicates your interest, demonstrates your enthusiasm for the profession and provides evidence of your readiness to start your industrial design studies. You must demonstrate confidence in free hand drawing, confidently applying the rules of perspective.


Design Sketching ARID 100: Product function visualization

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Our Faculty

You will study with our outstanding full- and part-time faculty and world-renowned professionals who visit the campus and host student visits at their ID studios in New York and New Jersey. Guest speakers from various segments of the design field, and sciences provide additional critical professional insights to your understanding of the profession.

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Studio Facilities

The main hub of the Industrial Design program is located in Finley Hall. The complex includes design studio, model-making lab, senior study and plotting, and 3-D printing facility. Students take all of their design studio courses and work on their design projects in this space. The facility is equipped with wireless Internet, a presentation area and audio-visual equipment.

The 16-workstation computer lab, equipped with 3-D design and 2-D rendering software, housed in ID’s additional facility in College Hall. Apart from these spaces, ID majors take their foundation and collateral studio classes in Calcia Hall.

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Student Work

Industrial Design students expected to deliver their projects to professional standards. This requires motivation, acquiring mastery of skills, knowledge in all subject matters and serious commitment. Comprehensive presentations of optimal solutions to design problems is a key requirement in the major.

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Careers in Industrial Design and Professional Resources

Industrial designers find work in product development at manufacturing companies like Black & Decker, Ford, Nike, Ingersoll Rand, Siemens, etc. Others join design consultancies such as Curve ID, Frog Design, IDEO, Design Continuum, Smart Design, etc. They also employed by non-traditional fields such as environmental design, heavy machinery and equipment industry, the cosmetics industry, or the motion picture business.

Industrial Design career areas include:

  • Communication
  • Electronics
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Lighting
  • Medical Equipment
  • Office Equipment
  • Packaging
  • Sporting goods
  • Tools and Machinery
  • Toys and Games
  • Transportation

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Montclair State University’s Industrial Design program is among the most competitive of the region, and meets the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

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Apply Now

To apply to the Art and Design Industrial Design BFA program, or to any of the Department of Art and Design programs, please visit Department Admissions


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