Industrial Design (BSD)

Industrial designers are responsible for the design of product and service systems that people use in their everyday lives. The BSD in industrial design at ASU focuses on a new model of transdisciplinary product development called integrated innovation. Using this model of innovation, students systematically work through a matrix of four questions:

  1. What is valuable to users?
  2. What is possible through engineering?
  3. What is desirable to business?
  4. What is good for society and the environment?

The goal of the program is to help students learn how to create product and service systems that benefit society while minimizing impacts on the environment, can be realized through appropriate technology and engineering, create measurable value for business, and satisfy people's needs.

All students who are admitted to the major must pass a degree milestone to continue in the major at the end of the first year. For more information on the milestone process, students should visit

This is an 8-semester program requiring sequential completion of studio coursework (or approved equivalent) at any point of entry.

Degree Offered

Industrial Design (BSD)
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Application Requirements

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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The undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Industrial Design at Arizona State University have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 2001.  

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is composed of schools and individuals representing the highest traditions and aims in the education of the artist and designer. These members have proven, by the fact of their membership and activity in the organization, their deep interest in fostering high standards for art and design education. 

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Students in The Design School must successfully pass a degree milestone at the end of their freshman year to continue in the professional degree program. Applying to pass the degree milestone requirement is competitive and limited by available resources. Selection is awarded to those applicants demonstrating the highest promise for professional success.

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Students majoring in Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communication Design are required to complete an internship program as part of their curriculum.

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

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Student Organizations

Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.

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Career Outlook

After completing the program successfully, graduates have the option of working as designers in several capacities:

They may obtain employment as members of in-house design teams at corporations in a variety of industries including, but not limited to:

  • consumer goods
  • furniture
  • health care and medical products
  • packaging design
  • sports and outdoor goods
  • toys
  • trade show and exhibit design
  • transportation and mobility device design
  • user interface design

Graduates may obtain employment with consulting firms that design products and services for a variety of clients. They may obtain employment with nonprofit institutions or nongovernmental organizations addressing specific social or environmental problems. They may pursue entrepreneurship opportunities; some graduates have established their own design and manufacturing ventures. Or, graduates may pursue teaching a variety of courses in art and design schools, colleges or universities, part time or full time.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Architectural Drafters 8.1%$52,870
Electrical Drafters6.8%$59,690
Civil Drafters8.1%$52,870
Designers, All Other5.8%$55,930
Drafters, All Other8%$50,290
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Mechanical Drafters5.2%$55,130
Set and Exhibit Designers 10.3%$53,090
Electronic Drafters6.8%$59,690

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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