Industrial Design BFA

Department of Art and Design Admission Guidelines

Program Admission Contact:

Dr.Denis Feigler, 973-655-2091

University Admission Contact:

Erin Samples, 973-655-4331

The Portfolio Interview for Industrial Design

After complying with the initial guidelines for applying to an art and design major, the next step is to participate in a Portfolio Interview for Industrial Design.  The Portfolio Interview is an opportunity to present your creative work to the faculty in person* and learn more about your intended major. Following the interview appointment, results will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, which in turn will notify you of your admission status.

Industrial Design portfolio requirements:

Your portfolio is a mirror of who you are as a designer. Your approach to presenting your work must reflect this. The portfolio communicates your interest for the profession, demonstrates your enthusiasm and gives evidence of your readiness to start your industrial design studies.

Freshman and Community College transfer students: 

When applying to the BFA in Industrial Design you want to include work in your portfolio that exhibits your interest and aptitude for the profession. You are required to demonstrate an understanding of proportion, aesthetics, and structure, through applied knowledge of two-point and three-point perspective. The drawings should be free hand line drawings, studies of three-dimensional exploration of objects in space. Emphasis should be placed on aesthetics, function and quality of presentation. Show off the designer in you by paying attention to details. 

Compulsory portfolio material:

Drawing sample

All applicants must submit three finished line drawings of objects, drawn in a three-point perspective from each of the following product design categories:

  • Furniture design (home, office, public places)
  • Lighting design, (show resourcefulness with your selection)
  • Transportation design (bicycle, car, scooter, baby stroller, wheelbarrow, etc.)
  • Consumer products (Toaster, coffee maker, sporting goods, power tools, etc.) 

In essence, you must be able to demonstrate the equivalent of the BFA in Industrial Design First-Year Design Stream. 

Writing Samples

Submit two examples of writing, each between 200 and 400 words:. In your first sample, please look ahead and address this question:

First sample:  Look ahead and address how you would hope to have changed at the end of your time as an MSU ID student.

Second sample: Is there something you love to do and cannot stop thinking about? Write about a personal passion or obsession other than visual art or design.

* Out-of-state applicants: Where long-distance travel for an in-person interview is prohibitive, the department will explore alternative options with an applicant. Special circumstances should be addressed with the Director of the Industrial Design major. 


Back to top |

Information for Transfer Applicants

You may be considered for the sophomore level, if you completed the first year studies at a university in an accredited Industrial Design program and you achieved at least a C+ or higher in each of the major subjects. This does not apply to the foundation course of 2D design, 3D design Color Study and Figure Drawing. It is expected that the majority of your presented work directly applies to the Industrial Design area and demonstrates adequate knowledge of related subjects.

Applicants transferring from community colleges must complete the four-year sequence of major studio studies of the BFA in Industrial Design major, unless they demonstrate excellence in visualization, model making, problem solving and human factors, and completed courses that focus on these subject areas.

Note: The same compulsory portfolio requirements as for freshman apply to students transferring from community colleges.

Because this is not a BA fine arts, but a BFA design program, a maximum of nine credits of 100- or 200-level Industrial Design coursework taken at another institution may be accepted as Major Studio Courses in the BFA in Industrial Design major, depending on the presented competence level.

If you are planning to transfer from a NJ community college into the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University as a BFA in Industrial Design major, please follow the guidelines suggested on the NJ Transfer Web page. The NJ Transfer's Plan Academic Program (RTP) feature allows you to choose the institution at which you are currently enrolled and the Montclair State program into which you wish to transfer; and lists the best courses for you to take while at your current institution.

While at the community college level, it is important for you to concentrate on your Foundations classes (e.g. 2D and 3D Design, Color Studies, and Life Drawing), rather than taking too many classes in an area of specialization. It is highly recommended that transfer students come to Montclair with no more than two beginning-level courses in the area of specialization (note: specializations at MSU include Ceramics, Drawing, Metalwork & Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture).

For initial application, instructions and portfolio review dates go to Department of Art and Design -- How to Apply, website.

Back to top |

About the Program

A description, guidelines and curriculum for this program are available on the Industrial Design (BFA) Web page.



Back to top |