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Industrial Design Courses

Industrial Design 1.1

Course No. IND 235  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Cuffaro | Dennis Futo

This course will focus on basic processes and principles of industrial design and product development. An emphasis will be placed on user-centered problems solving and methods for achieving innovative results. Multiple semester projects are structured around key design concepts and individual career interests. Projects are structured to reinforce research, concept generation and refinement, resulting in solutions that address functional and aesthetic issues. Regular formal reviews with enable individuals to develop verbal and visual presentation skills, and formal lectures will be balanced against one-on-one in-studio instruction. Offered fall.

Industrial Design 1.2

Course No. IND 236  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Douglas Paige | Peter McEachen | Robert Martinez
Prerequisite(s) Industrial Design 1.1

This course is an extension of Industrial Design 1.1, with a focus on advanced industrial design and product development processes and principles. Emphasis will be placed on in-depth analysis and synthesis, in addition to market-driven exploration. One semester project will focus on problem solving based on systematic ergonomic testing, while the other is a sponsored project that involves interaction with design, marketing and engineering professionals. Regular formal reviews with enable individuals to develop verbal and visual presentation skills, and formal lectures will be balanced against one-on-one in-studio instruction (prerequisite: Industrial Design 1.1). Offered sophomore spring.

Industrial Design 2.1

Course No. IND 335  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Cuffaro | Douglas Paige
Prerequisite(s) Industrial Design 1.2

This course will focus on in-depth design exploration, placing an emphasis on high-level research, innovative concept generation and refinement focused on problem solving and manufacturability. Semester projects will focus on sustainability and furniture, the later project requiring a full-size functional prototype. Project themes are intended to cover key critical information, while tailoring material to individual interests. Regular formal reviews with enable individuals to develop verbal and visual presentation skills, and formal lectures will be balanced against one-on-one in-studio instruction (prerequisite: Industrial Design 1.2). Offered junior fall.

Industrial Design 2.2

Course No. IND 336B  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Cuffaro | Dennis Futo | Douglas Paige
Prerequisite(s) Industrial Design 1.2

This course is an extension of Industrial Design 2.1, with a focus on strategic aspects of design. Further emphasis will be placed on research, concept generation and refinement focused on problem solving. Semester projects will focus on design in the context of business objectives and a broader product development environment. Project work will involve teamwork and direct interaction with outside design and marketing professionals. Regular formal reviews with enable individuals to develop verbal and visual presentation skills, and formal lectures will be balanced against one-on-one in-studio instruction. (prerequisite: Industrial Design 2.1) Offered junior spring.

Industrial Design 3.1

Course No. IND 435B  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Dennis Futo
Prerequisite(s) Industrial Design 2.2

This course focuses on the semester-long thesis project. Individuals will define the project theme and work with faculty to identify key problems and opportunities. In-depth research will inform concept develop, ultimately resulting in a refined solutions that considers functional needs, aesthetics and manufacturing. Additionally, individuals are expected to create compelling visual, verbal and written presentations that create context for the project and effectively communicate the validity of the project and outcomes. In order to gain exposure in the design community, individuals will be required to submit their final design to a design competition. Formal reviews will be balanced against weekly one-on-one studio discussion. (prerequisite: Industrial Design 2.2). Offered senior fall.

Industrial Design 3.2

Course No. IND 436  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Cuffaro | Dennis Futo | Douglas Paige | Haishan Deng

This course will focus on planning/preparation and execution of work for three primary milestones, including Employment search, BFA and Spring Show. Individuals will be responsible for determining what work will be accomplished based on career objectives and for an overall work schedule which will serve as a guide for the semester. Faculty will be available in studio to provide advice on organization, project work, portfolio development and networking. Offered senior spring.

Industrial Design: Internship

Course No. IND 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for an internship developed by student through the career services office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department.

Marketing + Design

Course No. IND 375  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Carla Jean Blackman

This course exposes students to the relationship between design and marketing, specifically addressing social/ethical responsibility, research, strategic marketing, branding, distribution, advertising and pricing. Each class will include lectures and exercises, and will be supplemented with assigned readings and regular performance opportunities. Individuals will be required to develop a marketing plan for a product created in the Industrial Design studio. Offered junio fall.

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CIA grad, CWRU students make a splash with water-saving invention

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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