Product Design

Major: Product Design
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 187.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0404
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-1021

About the Program

Product design combines the fields of art, business, and engineering to design the products people use every day. The program in product design focuses creativity and intellect, and prepares students for careers in a range of product design fields including corporate product design, design consulting, entrepreneurial endeavors, sustainable product development, and global design initiatives.

The major in product design is centered on teaching students the skills to develop and design products for a vast array of industries, specializing in multidisciplinary design research focused on product development and commercialization. It will also encourage collaboration in green design, sustainability and innovation in product development, facilitating and combining the fields of art, business, engineering and technology.

Students have the opportunity to create products ranging from furniture and toys to medical devices and consumer electronics in design competitions and charrettes. Students learn in state-of-the-art facilities that include a modeling shop and studio, laser cutters, 3D printers, rapid prototypers and molding clays and tools. The modeling shop and studio are large design-centered spaces, built to promote and sustain the studio culture students will enter upon graduation.

Students enrolled in the product design major will be expected to pursue a minor outside of product design that will allow them to apply their design capabilities toward a specific area of expertise.

For more information about this major, visit the College's Product Design page.

Degree Requirements 

In addition to the following requirements for graduation, students enrolled in the Product Design major will be expected to pursue a minor outside of product design that will allow them to apply their design capabilities toward a specific area of expertise.

General education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
CHEM 201Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry3.0
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 103General Physics I4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 332Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Arts and humanities electives9.0
Free electives27.0
Visual studies requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
VSCM 230Visual Communication I4.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Multimedia: Performance
Multimedia: Space
Multimedia: Materials
Product Design requirements
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
DSMR 201Analysis of Product3.0
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
PROD 101History and Analysis of Product Design3.0
PROD 205Applied Making I3.0
PROD 210Introduction to Product Design3.0
PROD 220Product Design Form Studio4.0
PROD 225Computer Aided Imagining in Product Design3.0
PROD 230Product Design Process Studio4.0
PROD 235Applied Design Visualization3.0
PROD 245Seminar Professional Landscape3.0
PROD 255Applied Materials in Product Design3.0
PROD 340Interdisciplinary Product Design Studio4.0
PROD 345Applied Human Centered Design3.0
PROD 425Applied Design Research3.0
PROD 460Research Synthesis Studio4.0
PROD 470Create Build Studio4.0
PROD 475Professional Practice in Product Design3.0
PROD 480Exhibition Studio4.0
Optional Product Design electives
Design Thinking in Product Design
Sponsored Product Design Studio
Independent Study in Product Design
Special Topics in Product Design
Total Credits187.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PROD 101History and Analysis of Product Design3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
PHYS 103General Physics I4.0
PROD 205Applied Making I3.0
PROD 210Introduction to Product Design3.0
PROD 235Applied Design Visualization3.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
PROD 220Product Design Form Studio4.0
VSCM 230Visual Communication I4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
CHEM 201Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry3.0
DSMR 201Analysis of Product3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
PROD 225Computer Aided Imagining in Product Design3.0
PROD 230Product Design Process Studio4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
PHTO 110Photography3.0
PROD 245Seminar Professional Landscape3.0
PROD 255Applied Materials in Product Design3.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Multimedia: Space 
Multimedia: Performance 
Multimedia: Materials 
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
PROD 340Interdisciplinary Product Design Studio4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
PROD 345Applied Human Centered Design3.0
PSY 332Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering3.0
Social science elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
PROD 425Applied Design Research3.0
PROD 460Research Synthesis Studio4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
PROD 470Create Build Studio4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
PROD 475Professional Practice in Product Design3.0
PROD 480Exhibition Studio4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 187.0


Co-op/Career Opportunities

Product designers have careers in a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, housewares, furniture, fashion accessories, medical devices, toys, automotive and transportation. The work of product designers improves the usefulness and appearance of countless products that contribute to the quality of our work and personal lives.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Product Design 

Students in this minor—through a combination of three studio courses and four applied lecture courses—learn to combine skills in creative problem solving with a visual product design process. Students develop product concepts and collaborate on the development of product ideas, including the creation and integration of new technologies, sustainability, health-care and socially responsible design, all of which are beneficial for design professionals.

The minor is specifically created to offer students a unique multi-disciplinary studio experience. Students will develop skills in the rapid visualization of ideas, creative problem solving, transformative design thinking and an understanding of the product development process in a collaborative setting. This minor is offered to all students having an interest in developing product ideas, including students from the College of Engineering, the LeBow College of Business, and the School of Biomedical Engineering as well as College of Media Arts and Design students who would like to add a product focus to their design degree.

Academic requirements

To be eligible for the minor in product design, a student must have completed a minimum of 30.0 undergraduate credits, have declared a major, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. No pre-requisite courses are required. Students may be encouraged to augment or prepare for this minor. Only upon review by the faculty advisor for the minor will students with design credits from other institutions or departments be allowed to apply these to the requirements.


Required courses
PROD 101History and Analysis of Product Design3.0
PROD 205Applied Making I3.0
PROD 210Introduction to Product Design3.0
PROD 215Design Thinking in Product Design4.0
PROD 230Product Design Process Studio4.0
PROD 235Applied Design Visualization3.0
PROD 340Interdisciplinary Product Design Studio4.0
Total Credits24.0

Product Design Faculty

Michael Glaser, MFA (Ohio State University) Program Director for Product Design. Associate Professor. <em>Westphal College of Media Arts & Design</em> Quantifying the designer's intuition; the interplay between digital and physical forms; human desire to shape our surroundings.
Josh Longo, BA (Pratt Institute) Fabrication Shop Manager, Department of Design.
Erik Sundquist, MA (Florida International University) Hybrid Making Lab Director. Assistant Teaching Professor. Product design
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