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Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design established a new degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design in 2003, the first of its kind in a four-state region covering Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico.

The Industrial Design program emerged from an established and respected university in one of the largest and most dynamic urban centers: Houston. The resources and environment of this city provide an ideal learning context for the discipline of Industrial Design with resources unique to the metro area, such as NASA, the Texas Medical Center, and diverse industrial entities.

“The Industrial Design program is rapidly taking its place as the premier program in the four state region. Its award-winning students and faculty add an additional layer of rigor to the college’s platform of integrated disciplines: Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Industrial Design. The degree program in Industrial Design focuses on applied research, critical thinking, technology, and the art of making. Its curriculum emphasizes generative and discovery-oriented learning. Attention to craft and design innovation is further enhanced by a premier digital fabrication facility, the Burdette Keeland Design Exploration Center.”

- Dean Patricia Belton Oliver, FAIA


The emerging context of education in the development of digital information technology can be summarized and characterized by the keywords of accessible, flexible, virtual, ubiquitous, connected, collaborative, authentic, and learner-centered. This conceptual frame for understanding the world can be linked to design education and practice.

The education model for the Industrial Design program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture focuses on addressing a new structure of learning by connecting and integrating design knowledge in new, useful, and meaningful ways for the student.

The ID program emphasizes the learner’s generative and discovery-oriented learning, explained in the following design pedagogy:

1. Integrated Learning
Today’s rapidly changing world demands that Industrial Design students possess a broad base of cross-boundary knowledge and skills enabling them to deal with complex problems more effectively. Integrated learning clarifies the blurred boundaries between design studies and design activities, which include a wide spectrum of social acts and its process.

2. Collaborative Learning
Collaborative learning is defined as a learning process that emphasizes cooperative efforts between instructors and students. Collaborative learning is an important cognitive strategy based on the social construction of knowledge, which leads to deeper processing and understanding than learning without collaboration.

3. Project-oriented Learning
Design learning emphasizes process-oriented problem solving as reflective practice. The practical and pragmatic aspect of design knowledge can be enhanced by a series of workshops and industry sponsored projects. Implementing design knowledge comes from “learning by doing.”

Degree Plan

The program for the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design degree is a four-year curriculum of at least 132 semester hours. The degree includes the university’s required core curriculum and 19 hours of elective courses. Because of the mutual and overlapping bonds of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design, the programs share a common first semester curriculum.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design should follow the procedure for application to the College of Architecture.

A list of the Approved Electives is available. In addition to this list, Industrial Design students may fulfill the Approved Elective requirements with Industrial Design elective courses. See your assigned academic advisor for details.

First Year


ARCH 1200: Introduction to Architecture, Industrial Design, and Interior Architecture
ARCH 1500: Architecture Design Studio I
ENGL 1303: First Year Writing I*
MATH 1310: College Algebra*
HIST 1377: The U.S. to 1877*


ARCH 1359: Design Since 1945*
INDS 1501: Industrial Design Studio II
ENGL 1304: First Year Writing II*
MATH 1330: Precalculus*
INDS 1360: Visual Thinking

Second Year


INDS 2500: Industrial Design Studio III
INDS 2340: Visual Communication 
INDS 2355: Design History I*
INDS 2360: Materials & Methods
PHYS 1301: Introductory General Physics I*


INDS 2501: Industrial Design Studio IV
INDS 2341: Computer Aided Industrial Design I
INDS 2356: Design History II*
INDS 2362: Visual Presentation
PHYS 1302: Introductory General Physics II*

Third Year


INDS 3500: Industrial Design Studio V
INDS 3340: Computer Aided Industrial Design II
INDS 3360: Human Factors
HIST 1378: The U.S. Since 1877*
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core Course*


INDS 3501: Industrial Design Studio VI
INDS 3341: Design Interaction
INDS 3365: Design Research Methods
Approved Elective
POLS 1336: U.S. and Texas Constitutions & Politics*


INDS 4380: Design Internship

Fourth Year


INDS 4500: Industrial Design Studio VII
INDS 4360: Design Issues
Approved Elective
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Course*


INDS 4501: Industrial Design Studio VIII
INDS 4365: Design Practice and Business
POLS 1337: U.S. Government: Congress, President, and Courts*

*University Core Curriculum Courses