Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design
The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture established a new degree in industrial design in 2003, becoming 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 provided an ideal learning context for the discipline of industrial design with resources unique to the metro area, such as NASA, the Texas Media Center and diverse industrial entities.
“The Industrial Design program is rapidly taking its place as the premier program in the four state regions. 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.”
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.”
The program for the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design degree is a four-year curriculum of at least 132 semester credit hours. The degree includes the University’s required core curriculum and three hours of elective courses.
ARCH 1200: Introduction to Architecture, Industrial Design and Interior Architecture
ARCH 1500: Design Studio I
ENGL 1303: Freshman Composition I
MATH 1330: Precalculus
HIST 1377: The U.S. to 1877
ARCH 1359: Design Since 1945
ARCH 1501: Design Studio II
ENGL 1304: Freshman Composition II
HIST 1378: The U.S. Since 1877
INDS 2340: Visual Communication I
INDS 2355: Design History I
INDS 2360: Materials & Methods I
INDS 2500: Design Studio III
PHYS 1301 Introductory General Physics
INDS 2341: Visual Communication II
INDS 2356: Design History II
INDS 2361: Materials & Methods II
INDS 2501: Design Studio IV
PHYS 1302: Introductory General Physics
INDS 3340: Computer Aided Industrial Design
INDS 3360: Human Factors
INDS 3500: Design Studio V
Approved Fine Arts Elective
Humanities Core Course
INDS 3341: Design Interface
INDS 3365: Design Research Methods
INDS 3501: Design Studio VI
POLS 1336: U.S. and Texas Constitutions & Politics
Design History Elective Equivalent
INDS 4380: Internship
INDS 4360: Design Issues
INDS 4500: Design Studio VII
Social Science Core Course
INDS 4356: Design Practice and Business
INDS 4501: Design Studio VIII
POLS 1337: U.S. Government
Writing in the Discipline