Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Studio Art with an emphasis in Industrial Design
Every object we use everyday, if it is not made by nature, has been designed by a designer. From size, shape, color, movement, to function, an object is thoroughly thought about. Designs are pushed from what they are to what they could become.
According to the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), “Industrial design is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer. Industrial designers also maintain a practical concern for technical processes and requirements for manufacture; marketing opportunities and economic constraints; and distribution sales and servicing processes. They work to ensure that design recommendations use materials and technology effectively, and comply with all legal and regulatory requirements.”
This emphasis area pushes not only ones thoughts in aesthetics but takes advantage of knowledge of other subjects. For example, an assignment may examine physics, through design in motion, in addition to social restrictions placed on society through exploring laws such as the American with Disabilities Act. Students look at major designers’ influences such as Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Martí Guixé, Alvar Aalto, and Philippe Starck. By learning in a studio setting, ID students are not only influenced by research on major designers but by fellow students as well.
This studio environment is conducive to experiment and not based on outcome but pushes students to go beyond what they have seen and invent. Students are asked to test and try new materials to broaden knowledge and uses of materials such as wood, metal, and plastics. Artists are asked to sketch ideas, build small-scale models, and to create full scale working prototypes. Projects range in scale, function, and are sometimes asked for an outcome before even addressing a problem.
Industrial Design is one of the only environments on campus where a student of any major has an opportunity to do well and help others through their own knowledge and experiences. As long as one creatively applies ones self they will be positively impacted by this studio.
Audrey Barnes, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, Industrial Design Coordinator
M.I.D. Rhode Island School of Design; B.I.D. North Carolina State University