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Academics . Industrial Design . Courses

Industrial Design Courses

3D Modeling 1.1

Course No. IND303  Credits: 3.0
Faculty D. Ed Covert

This course focused on introducing students to 3D digital modeling for the industrial design profession. It employs a surface modeling approach using Auto Desk Alias Design software to create multiple class driven projects. Study consists of a lecture/demo format in a computer lab environment. In class work will emphasize key modeling concepts and will be supplemented with student-driven projects intended to develop practical application strategies and skills. Junior standing is required for registration of this class. Offered junior fall.

3D Modeling 1.2

Course No. IND304  Credits: 3.0
Faculty D. Ed Covert
Prerequisite(s) 3D Modeling 1.1

This course is a continuation of the fall 3D Modeling (IND303) course with an emphasis on an expanded knowledge of surface modeling techniques. An emphasis will be placed on surface continuity and transition, in addition to exploration of organic forms. Students will acquaint themselves with the process of preparing and exporting files for output. Rapid prototyping will be introduced with and opportunity to created physical parts using an on site three-dimensional printer. Additional methods and resources for rapid prototyping will also be introduced. (prerequisite: 3D Modeling 1.1). Offered junior spring.

3D Modeling 2.1

Course No. IND403  Credits: 3.0
Faculty D. Ed Covert
Prerequisite(s) 3D Modeling 1.2

This advanced digital modeling course offers the option to continue surface modeling using Auto Desk ALIAS (for students interested in automotive design) or Solid Works to for those interested in gaining exposure to solid modeling (for students interested in product design). The ALIAS option will include advanced methods for exterior surfacing, while the Solid Works option will focus on the user interface and basic solid modeling procedures. (prerequisite: 3D Modeling 1.2). Offered senior fall.

3D Modeling 2.2

Course No. IND404  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) 3D Modeling 2.1

This is a continuation of the fall 3D Modeling course (IND403) with an option to continue Auto Desk ALIAS Automotive (for automotive design) or Solid works (for product design). The Auto Desk ALIAS Automotive option will focus on advanced presentation rendering techniques for automotive design including key frame animation and rendering procedures. Projects will culminate in fully modeled exterior or interior design presented as a finished animation of students own design. The Solid Works option will focus on surface modeling techniques and the differences and advantages of combining solids with surface modeling techniques. Areas of study will include surfacing tools loft and boundary and continuity options for curvature and 3D sketching. Additionally advanced editing techniques will be explored. (prerequisite: 3D Modeling 2.1). Offered senior spring.

Communication Skills

Course No. IND285  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Peter McEachen | Robert Martinez

This course will focus on the development of effective visual communication. An emphasis will be placed on exploring and communicating ideas through sketching, rendering, orthographic drawing, modeling and verbal/visual presentation. Studio time will include demos, one-day assignments, work time and one-on-one instruction. Coursework is designed to align with projects in Industrial Design 1.1. Offered sophomore fall.

Communication Skills

Course No. IND286  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Dennis Futo | Peter McEachen | Robert Martinez
Prerequisite(s) Communication Skills

This course is an extension of Fall Communication Skills and will focus on the development of effective visual communication. An emphasis will be placed on exploring and communicating ideas through sketching, rendering, orthographic drawing, modeling and verbal/visual presentation. Digital communication tools and techniques will be introduced, including the use of digital drawing tablets. Studio time will include demos, one-day assignments, work time and one-on-one instruction. Coursework is designed to align with projects in Industrial Design 1.2. (prerequisite: Communications Skills 1.1). Offered sophomore spring.

Design Center

Course No. IND417  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Douglas Paige

This course functions as a professional design studio, placing an emphasis on client-based projects and interdisciplinary teamwork. All companies/organizations who are participating in the course make a financial commitment to CIA and intern team members are compensated. Compensation varies, but is based on the project budget, time commitment and individual contributions. The faculty, who will oversee the process, deliverables and schedule for each project, will determine studio responsibilities (enrollment requires prior approval by instructor). Offered fall and spring.

Ergonomics + Design

Course No. IND280  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Carla Jean Blackman

This course focuses the process of designing for human use. Anthropometrics, task analysis, user experience, research and safety are explored. Course content is aligned with projects in Industrial Design 1.2. Each class will include lectures and exercises, and will be supplemented with assigned readings and regular performance opportunities. Offered sophomore spring.

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CIA Industrial Design grad Andrew Schad '13 already has a job at Chrysler, but the product he invented as a student, along with two CWRU engineering majors, is making a splash and attracting investors.

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Daniel Cuffaro

Associate Professor/Chair of Industrial Design

Dan is a designer, educator and entrepreneur. He consults in the area of industrial design, design strategy an...more

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