Industrial Design
Administered By: College of Architecture and Design

Dean gauchat
Associate Dean for Administration fitzpat
Associate Dean for Academics cays
Director, School of Art + Design goldman

Dean Urs P. Gauchat
Associate Dean for Administration Margaret Fitzpatrick
Associate Dean for Academics John M. Cays
Director, School of Art + Design Glenn Goldman



Undergraduate Advisor corchado

Undergraduate Advisor Sasha N. Corchado

    Industrial designers create many of the objects and products we all use today that make our lives better - they make a difference. From Apple's iPod to chairs to the toys many of us played with as children, industrial designers combine skills from art and engineering as they travel the road from idea conception to production, packaging, and selling. They are concerned with user needs as well as the structural, malleable, and sustainable properties of materials. Creativity and environmental impacts; products and users; manufacturing and marketing - all of these fascinating issues are found and dealt with in the day-to-day professional lives of industrial designers.

    As part of a comprehensive university with a variety of design disciplines, industrial design students at NJIT find themselves in an environment where they will interact with students of architecture, interior design, digital design, and fine art. The industrial design program is a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. A studio-centric curriculum follows an initial foundation year during which students take courses in color theory and composition, graphic communication with both digital and traditional media, and art history - as well as a variety of general university requirements. Industrial design students will find themselves immersed in a design environment with a digital focus at the School of Art + Design. Students will be given opportunities to interact with digital fabrication equipment as they study the process and production aspect of a project from design to implementation. Students will take courses that range from "Human Factors/Ergonomics" to "Modeling and Prototyping" to Ethnographic and marketing Research" in addition to a rigorous design studio sequence.

    Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design may find themselves working as independent artists or consultants, or as part of a large design team on long-term projects. They may also find themselves involved in public policy or education or transportation. While students with undergraduate preparation may enter the workforce, they may also continue their education in graduate school in industrial design, fine art or interior design, or in architecture pursuing the first professional degree at the Masters level.

Credit distribution for the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design:

Required Industrial Design Credits




Design Electives


Free Electives


General University Requirements


Total Minimum Credits


    The curriculum as described below is for students entering NJIT as freshman in the Fall of 2008 or after that date. Students entering before that date may have a different program and should consult the school to learn which curriculum applies.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design 136 credits 9
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (136 credits)


1st Semester:

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load.

ad150,ad161,hum101,math115,cs104,{PE ;Physical Education:GUR;0-1-1},math120,frshsem
  AD 150Color and Composition (2-3-3)
  AD 161History of Art and Design I (3-0-3)
  HUM 101English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I (3-0-3)
  Math 115Elements of Geometry (3-0-3)
  CS 104Computer Programming and Graphics Problems (3-0-3)
  PE (Physical Education:GUR) (0-1-1) 
  Math 120Basic Concepts in Statistics (1-0-1)
  Frsh SemFreshman Seminar (1-0-0)
2nd Semester: ad111,ad112,ad162,hum102,Math113,sts201,{sts257|sts258},eps202
  AD 111Communication in Art and Design - Traditional Media (1-5-3)
  AD 112Communication in Art and Design - Digital Media (1-5-3)
  AD 162History of Art and Design II (3-0-3)
  HUM 102English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II (3-0-3)
  Math 113 Finite Mathematics and Calculus I (3-0-3)
  STS 201Understanding Technological Society (3-0-3)
 STS 257Technology, Society and Culture: An American View (3-0-3) or
 STS 258Technology, Society and Culture: A Global View (3-0-3)
  EPS 202Society, Technology, and the Environment (3-0-3)

1st Semester:

id263,id203,id216,{Hum211|hum212|hist213},sts210,phys102,phys102a,{PE XXX;Physical Education:GUR;0-1-1}
  ID 263Industrial Design Studio I (0-8-4)
  ID 203Past, Present and Future of Design (3-0-3)
  ID 216Modeling and Prototyping (3-0-3)
 HUM 211The Pre-Modern World (3-0-3) or
 HUM 212The Modern World (3-0-3) or
 Hist 213 The Twentieth-Century World (3-0-3)
  STS 210General Psychology (3-0-3)
  Phys 102General Physics (3-0-3)
  Phys 102AGeneral Physics Laboratory (0-2-1)
  PE XXX (Physical Education:GUR) (0-1-1) 
2nd Semester: id264,id201,id217,{sts210|r830:101},{Elective;Bio/Chem/Phys:GUR;3-0-3},{PE;Physical Education;0-1-1}
  ID 264Industrial Design Studio II (0-8-4)
  ID 201Human Factors/Ergonomics (3-0-3)
  ID 217Modeling and Manufacturing (3-0-3)
 STS 210General Psychology (3-0-3) or
 R830:101Principles of Psychology I (3)
  Elective (Bio/Chem/Phys:GUR) (3-0-3) 
  PE (Physical Education) (0-1-1) 

1st Semester:

  ID 363Industrial Design Studio III (0-8-4)
  ID 340Materials and Processes (3-0-3)
  ID 310Ethnographic and Marketing Research (3-0-3)
  Mgmt 390Principles of Management (3-0-3)
  Elective (Lit/Hist/Phil/STS:GUR) (3-0-3) 
2nd semester: id364,id341,id301,id312,{Elective;Eng/Lit/Hist/Phil/STS/SS/Thr:GUR;3-0-3}
  ID 364Industrial Design Studio IV (1-12-5)
  ID 341Sustainable Materials and Processes (3-0-3)
  ID 301Industrial Design Specialization (3-0-3)
  ID 312Mechanics and Electronics (3-0-3)
  Elective (Eng/Lit/Hist/Phil/STS/SS/Thr:GUR) (3-0-3) 

1st Semester:

ad463,id410,{Elective;Design Elective: ID/DD/FA/INT XXX;3-0-3},{Elective;Free Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Free Elective;3-0-3}
  AD 463Collaborative Design Studio (1-12-5)
  ID 410Professional Practice and Ethics (3-0-3)
  Elective (Design Elective: ID/DD/FA/INT XXX) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Free Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Free Elective) (3-0-3) 
2nd Semester: id464,{Elective;Design Elective: ID/DD/FA/Int XXX Design Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Design Elective: ID/DD/FA/INT XXX Design Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Humanities Capstone:GUR;3-0-3},{Elective;Free Elective;3-0-3}
  ID 464Industrial Design Studio V (1-12-5)
  Elective (Design Elective: ID/DD/FA/Int XXX Design Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Design Elective: ID/DD/FA/INT XXX Design Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Humanities Capstone:GUR) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Free Elective) (3-0-3) 

The minimum credit requirement for graduation is the successful completion of 134 credits of prescribed courses within the curriculum and the maintenance of a 2.0 average. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative studio average to advance to each succeeding year.

Basic Social Sciences GUR: Six (6) credits in basic (100 and 200 level) Social Sciences (Econ 201, Econ 265, Econ 266, EPS 202, STS 258, or any of the following Rutgers-Newark courses: R070:203 or 204, R790:201 or 202, R830:101 or 102, R920:201 or 202, R202:201. Students may take R220:101 or 102 instead of Econ 265 or 266).

Cultural History GUR: The Cultural History courses are the Pre-Modern World (Hum 211), The making of the Modern World (Hum 212), and the Twentieth Century World (Hist 213). Students may also take approved introductory courses at Rutgers-Newark.

Lit/Hist/Phil/STS: One 300+ level course in literature, history or philosophy or STS approved 300-level Rutgers course with prefix 350 (English Literature), 352 (American Literature), 510 (History), 512 (American History) or 730 (Philosophy).

Natural Science GUR: At least seven (7) credits in natural sciences, including a laboratory experience. Courses may be selected from Biology Courses (R120:101, R120:109, R120:110, R120:205, R120:206, R120:207, R120:208, R120:237, R120:241, R120:242), Chemistry Courses (Chem 122, Chem 123, Chem 124, Chem 125, Chem 126), Physics Courses (Phys 102, Phys 102A, Phys103, Phys 103A, Phys 106, Phys 106A, Phys 111, Phys 111A, Phys 121, Phys 121A, Phys 202, Phys 202A, Phys 203, Phys 203A), Geology Courses (R460:101, R460:103, R460:104, R460:206, R460:207).

Open Elective in Hum/SS: One 300+ level course in English, social science, theater, literature, history, philosophy or STS or any 300-level Rutgers-Newark courses in humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or performing arts. (prefixes 070, 080, 081, 202, 220, 350, 352, 370, 420, 510, 560, 570, 700, 701, 790, 810, 861, 920, 940, 964, 988).


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