Academic Bulletin 2023-2024 
    May 29, 2024  
Academic Bulletin 2023-2024

Industrial Design Major

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Faculty: Brand, Burleigh, Jennings, Rich, Thomas

The Industrial Design major is a program in the Visual and Performing Arts Area of  Study.

Industrial Design Major Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with an Industrial Design MAJOR will be able to:

  • Identify the cultural influences that play a factor in how designed objects affect the individuals and cultures they exist within. 
  • Engage with design tools and art history from a humanistic and aesthetic point of view.
  • Communicate the ethical, political, and cultural implications of art and design developments in diverse contexts.
  • Produce innovative design solutions rooted in art history and context.

The Industrial Design Major

The Industrial Design major, consisting of 48 credits, leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree.At graduation,  Industrial Design majors must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in the major. The calculation is based on all courses taken at Allegheny on a letter-grade basis of all required courses for completion of the major.  Only the most recent grade is considered for courses that have been repeated. All courses for the major must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Under exceptional circumstances, one additional course taken Credit/No Credit may be presented for the major with permission of the chair of the department. Typically this exception is made when a student has taken a course CR/NC before declaring a major in the department. A minimum of 8 transfer credits may be counted toward the major; exceptions must be approved by the department chair.

The major is comprised of a 12-credit foundations core, an 8-credit intermediate core, a 20-credit track-specific core in Speculative Design, Interaction Design OR Sustainable Design, a 4-credit experience (Jr. Seminar), a one-year, 2-credits per semester Senior Project.  

Foundational Core:

Take all three courses (12 cr.)

Intermediate Core:

Take both courses (8 cr.)

Track-Specific Core:

Choose one track and take all courses listed for that track (20 cr.)

Junior Seminar (4 cr):

Senior Project:

Take both courses (4 cr)


In addition, several of the EXL 100 sections are appropriate courses to augment the experience of ID majors.  We encourage any student interested in majoring in ID to consult with program faculty about EXL 100 courses that would benefit them*



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