Industrial Design BFA
Admission to the Department of Art and Design
Dr.Denis Feigler, 973-655-2091
University Admission Contact:
Erin Samples, 973-655-4331
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 artistic work in person* to the facultyand learn more about your intended major. (Following the appointment, an acceptance decision will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, which, in turn, will notify you of your admission status.)
Your portfolio is a mirror of who you are as a designer. Since design is a highly interdisciplinary profession, your approach to presenting yourself and your work must take this factor into consideration. The portfolio communicates your interest for the profession, demonstrates your enthusiasm and gives evidence of your readiness to start your industrial design studies. We encourage you to include a selection of your most recent projects, which best represent your ideas and your visions, while also demonstrating a range of essential skills necessary to be successful in the major.
Portfolio Requirements (all applicants):
- A minimum of three finished line drawings of objects in 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, communications devices or power tools)
Emphasis should be on the aesthetics and function of the product as well as the originality of their design. Of primary importance are exploratory sketches that show a variety of solutions and ideas for each product presented. Inclusion of 3D models is optional. Show off the designer in you by paying attention to details. Include your best and most recent projects that demonstrate creative exploration, concept development as well as some awareness of human anatomy.
We expect as part of the visual presentation that you also submit pages from your journal, or sketchbook that indicate your process of research, thinking and investigation. Be prepared to explain briefly and articulately your ideas behind each project.
- Selection of 6 pieces of 2-D and 3-D artwork. Applicants are advised to review the Studio Portfolio Preparation Guidelines for advice on preparing the portfolio.
- Photocopy of your high school or college transcript.
- Writing Samples -- two examples of writing (each 200 to 400 words) on the following topics:
- Sample 1: How would you hope to have changed by the time of graduation as an Industrial Design major at Montclair State University?
- Sample 2: Is there something you love to do and can’t stop thinking about?
Finally... In addition to submitting the above materials, please come prepared to discuss your reasons for choosing the BFA in Industrial Design program at Montclair State University.
*Out-of-town applicants: Where long-distance travel for an in-person interview is prohibitive, the department will sometimes explore alternative options of submitting a portfolio. Please contact the Program Coordinator should special circumstances apply.
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Note to Freshman applicants:
It is recommended that you not rely solely on projects you completed for your high school art classes if work pertinent to the industrial design discipline was not included in your studies. (Consult with your teachers and ask them to advise you.) Your Industrial Design portfolio should include works that demonstrate your interest and aptitude for the profession, such as drawings of objects and/or initiatives in product development. The intention is to demonstrate your 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.
Notes to Transfer Applicants:
It is possible that you may be considered for the program's sophomore level of study if you already completed first year studies at an accredited college Industrial Design program and achieved at least a C+ 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 apply to the Industrial Design area and demonstrate 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 have completed courses that focus on these subject areas.
A maximum of nine credits of 100- or 200-level Industrial Design coursework taken at other 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 on transferring 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).
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Information about the Industrial Design Concentration (including an overview description and curriculum) may be found on the Industrial Design (BFA) Web page.
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