Industrial Design BFA

Program Purpose

The Industrial Design program at Brigham Young University is an undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts program. It is designed to develop students who provide positive and immediate impact as professional entry-level designers and successfully prepares them for future graduate school studies. 

Curricular Structure

Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Undergraduate Catalog


Students learn fundamental skills that enable them to conduct human-centered research, synthesize findings to define problems, create physical and digital product models that address the problem meaningfully, and validate the final design.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes (NASAD)

Design Products

Program graduates will:
1- research, synthesize, define, ideate, design, refine, and validate mass-produced products.
2- recognize and apply contemporary manufacturing methods and materials to product design proposals.
3- organize and present evidence-based research, meaningful product concepts, and final design proposals, compellingly and convincingly.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 130 INDES 132 INDES 210 INDES 214 INDES 430R
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Human knowledge, Competence
Software Technology

Program graduates will:
1- Use computer-aided design software to construct, evaluate, and design three-dimensional product forms and assemblies.
2- Use multiple two-dimensional computer-aided design software tools to organize and design a variety of communication artifacts.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 130 INDES 210 INDES 231 INDES 233 INDES 340
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence
Contemporary Design History

Program graduates will:
1- Identify and examine the fundamental trends of contemporary design history.
2- Investigate, summarize, and present about the artifacts and design principles of notable historical designers.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 339
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge
Design Business Practices

Program graduates will:
1- review, examine, and discuss the fundamental elements of design-related business activities.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 388 INDES 399R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence
Structured Creativity

Program graduates will:
1- Investigate and synthesize components of marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, servicing, and ecological needs and responsibilities and reconcile them with identified user desires and values.
2- Define product-related problems, variables, and requirements; conceptualize and evaluate alternatives; and test and refine solutions.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 131 INDES 214 INDES 230R INDES 330R INDES 340 INDES 430R
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Human knowledge, Competence

Program graduates will:
1- Practice, compose, and explain product and process concepts and requirements to current and future designers, colleagues, clients, and employers.
2- create both verbal and written communications using both low and high fidelity two, and three-dimensional tools and methods.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 131 INDES 133 INDES 230R INDES 231 INDES 233 INDES 330R INDES 339 INDES 430R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively

Program graduates will:
1- Review, employ, examine, and assess principles of human psychology, human factors, and digital user interface while designing products and services.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 230R
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Enriching Experiences

Program graduates have the option to:
1- Discover and participate in international programs that enrich individual cultural experiences and increase design exposure.
2- Evaluate and participate in undergraduate research endeavors.
3- Investigate and participate in courses that relate to or inform industrial design such as engineering, business, marketing, art, art history, entrepreneurship, ethnography, graphic design, photography, and so on.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 399R
Linked to BYU Aims: Quantitative reasoning, Competence
Prototyping Labs

Program graduates will:
1- Design, invent, create, and construct both digital and physical artifacts in facilities appropriate for such activities.
2- Manipulate wood, polymers, metals to develop physical models.
3- Explore, build, design, and render digital models.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly

Program graduates will:
1- Investigate, evaluate, and arrange for one or more internship experiences.

Courses that Contribute: INDES 399R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence
Team Projects

Program graduates will:
1- Practice team-based product development activities within the design program.
2- Have the opportunity to create and operate an interdisciplinary team project either through self-generated projects or elective courses.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Character

Evidence of Learning

Assessment Tools

Student achievement of these learning outcomes will be assessed by:

  1. Internal Portfolio Reviews
  2. Exit Interviews
  3. External Portfolio Reviews
  4. Sponsored Project Feedback
  5. Internship Work Experience Reviews
  6. Professional Placement Data

Internal Portfolio Reviews: As part of the professional program application process in the ID program, students are asked to submit a portfolio for review. This provides a basis for the faculty to evaluate the effectiveness of both class content, and their presentation of that content. Portfolios are evaluated on the basis of skill mastery and understanding. If there is a consistent gap/weakness in the portfolio content across a particular group of students, the opportunity to improve the program can be quickly identified.

Exit interviews: Each graduating senior is required to complete an exit survey assessment of their industrial design experience and review that assessment with the undergraduate coordinator. The interview questions cover the student's view of their mastery of learning outcomes.

External Portfolio Reviews: As part of the evaluation of the ID program, students are asked to provide portfolios for review by practicing professional designers. This allows for an outside look at the program to help evaluate its effectiveness and industry relevance. Consistent feedback as to a gap/weakness in the student's portfolios provide an opportunity to improve the programs course content.

Sponsored Project Feedback: Our third year curriculum provides students with real world experience by providing sponsored projects.  Industry professionals work with the students to design products related to their professional expertise.  The professionals are presented with the students ideas and they give feedback to the students and also the program's ability to provide relavant content to industry.  

Internship Work Experience Reviews: Internship work experience reviews can provide a measurement of successful mastery of the learning outcomes and there relevance to the profession.

Professional Placement Data: Students are tracked after graduation to assess the speed at which they get placed and the type of work they are placed in.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

The main analysis/evaluation/implementation of program assessment comes in August and September, between the main portfolio review and the deadline in October when course changes are due.

The curriculum committee meets after the portfolio advancement reviews and evaluates the results.

  1. Student Evaluations are gathered and summarized by the School of Technology advisement office for the past three-graduation periods: December, April, and August.
  2. Program Advancement Portfolio Review exposes potential weaknesses in the program.
  3. Proposed changes are outlined in the September faculty meeting.
  4. Curriculum improvements/changes are submitted to the college curriculum committee yearly in October.