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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Industrial Design, B.F.A.

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         Industrial Design, B.F.A.: 4-year sequence


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Industrial Design program prepares students for careers in the field of contemporary product design. UW-Stout industrial design graduates hold successful careers designing a wide array of products including medical devices, prosthetics and bicycles, as well as household and industrial products, tools and devices. The success of our students is derived from a program that highlights the intersections of fine art, design, history, sustainability and a strong liberal arts education.

The BFA in Industrial Design program provides a comprehensive applied learning environment that prepares graduates for a successful career in the field of contemporary product design. Industrial designers create and develop concepts and designs that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer. As part of their program, students in the industrial design program are required to participate in a regional, national or international co-op or internship. UW-Stout also provides numerous opportunities to study abroad internationally.

A required mid-program benchmark portfolio review offers industrial design students an assessment of their progress in foundation art and design courses. Extensive library resources and the art and design department visual resource center are significant assets. A 2.0 overall grade point average and a 2.5 or better in art and design department courses is required to complete this degree. Students must present a portfolio of their work in the final two semesters of their program, as part of a public exhibition hosted by the School of Art and Design.

This UW-Stout degree is one of only two industrial design programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

Total for graduation 120 credits  
General Education 40 credits  
Major Studies 80 credits  

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses.

General Education (40 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

Courses must be from the areas of analytic reasoning and natural sciences. At least one mathematics or statistics course and a natural science course with a lab are required.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.

Selectives (3 credits)

Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.

Major Studies (80 credits)

Art History Requirements (9 credits)

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