Industrial Design: Concentration in Product Design and Development

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

The 59-unit Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design addresses the creation of industrial goods and services and concentrates on three principle aspects of design -- process, people and product -- and incorporates the study of user-centered needs, relative to the responsible and resourceful implementation of technology innovation, materials, marketing principles, and aesthetic values. 

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, we have a downloadable link for our major planning sheet.
When should I first meet with my major department?

We recommend you meet with an advisor early on. Even if you are Pre-Design (in your First and Second year of study), stop in and talk to us about classes you need to take before entering the program in your Junior year. Please visit our Faculty Advisors Page,, and check out our profiles. Choose an advisor based on what you see there.

How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

As a major, In our DES 370 class, you will have the assignment to choose an advisor and work out your personalized roadmap. Before entering the major, look at the people in the department and choose an advisor based on their profile.

Where can I find information about major advising?
Visit our Website and check out the Industrial Design Page:
And look at our Advising section:
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes?

No, we do not require pre-work. But we do recommend you explore Design Drawing. It's also good to familiarize yourself with the Adobe drawing and rendering programs, especially Illustrator and Photoshop. 

What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full?

Contact our office, and let them know. We keep waitlists and open up more class sessions when we can. We also have a flexible curriculum that offers many choices throughout the pathway.

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

We are a tight community in a large university. And be ready to work. When Prof Silvan Linn was in high school, he contacted Jonathan Ive (lead designer at Apple at the time, with MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones, and iPads to his credit) and asked him how to become an Industrial Designer, Jonathan wrote him back and said, “If you want to become a designer, go to design school and work like nuts.” We welcome you to join us and work like nuts.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
DES 323
DES 356
DES 370
DES 320 or DES 321
DES 300 (optional)
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? No.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?

All classes require you to be a declared major or minor. You must be registered as a DES major or minor, if not you will not be able to sign up for these classes.

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? N/A

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
We currently offer the following courses open to Freshmen and Sophomores. We recommend you take as many as you can:
• DES 220 Introduction to Drawing for Designers
• DES 221 Introduction to 3D Digital Design
• DES 222 Introduction to 2D Digital Design
• DES 256 Design and Society
(we are developing even more!)
In addition to our offerings the departments of Art, Interior Design, Apparel Design, BECA, and Cinema Animation give you access to courses that are good Pre-Design studies. Course suggestions that count for pre-major requirements and also fulfill GE requirements are:
Area B1
ADM 260 Textiles
Area C1
ART 235 Printmaking 1
ART 240 Sculpture 1
ART 245 Ceramics 1
BECA 235 Digital Media Basics
ID 240 Color and Design
ID 245 Contemporary Design in Housing and Interiors
JOUR 235 Photojournalism I
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? No.



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