Industrial Design

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Female student

About this program

Develop creative solutions to everyday needs. Put a fresh twist on the tried-and-true or invent an original product that’s 100% your own. In the Industrial Design program, you’ll explore functionality, ergonomics, and aesthetics. Learn how to express concepts using rendering software. Ready to flex your creativity? Channel your ingenuity and bring innovative ideas to life? With a degree in Industrial Design, you’ll learn how to do exactly that.   

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

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#1

First & Only B.S. Degree of Its Kind in PA

17

Average Class Size

Careers

  • Industrial designers
  • Interaction designers
  • Environmental designers
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Industrial Design (BIX110)
  • Visual Literacy for Designers (ART107)
  • Model Building (BIX130)
  • Design and Color (ART109)
  • Two-Dimensional Design (ART102)
  • Ergonomics and Kinesiology (BIX220)
  • Computer Graphics I (ART270)
  • Drawing (ART180)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design (ART202)
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles (BIX231)
  • 3D Parametric Modeling Using SolidWorks® (CAD124)
  • Art History: Ancient through 15th Century (ART125)
  • Design Studio 1 (BIX331)
  • Directed Industrial Design Elective (BIX)
  • Industrial Design Applications (BIX340)
  • Principles of Marketing (MKT240)
  • Modern Art and the Contemporary Image (ART330)
  • Industrial Design Elective 300-400 Level (BIZ)
  • Design Studio 2 (BIX401)
  • Lean Manufacturing and Quality Control (MET319)
  • Senior Project (BIX495)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Visual Literacy for Designers (ART107)
  • Design and Color (ART109)
  • Two-Dimensional Design (ART102)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey (BIO103)
  • Computer Graphics I (ART270)
  • Drawing (ART180)
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design (ART202)
  • Machine Tool Applications for Fabrication and Repair (MTT223)
  • Art History: Ancient through 15th Century (ART125)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Modern Art and the Contemporary Image (ART330)
  • Technology and Society (HIS262)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Business Statistics (MTH157)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Featured Video

All Signs Point to Success

Cory Karges is the design manager for the company responsible for much of the creative signage at Universal and Disney, such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, an immersive coaster experience added to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal.

Featured Video

Engineering Inspiration

Penn College alums Jeff Feeman, and Frank Carr, engineer inspiration for thousands of spectators every year at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA - one of the top three theatre destinations in the United States. 

Featured Video

Tomorrow Maker in Action

As part of her senior project, Elizabeth Snedeker redesigned a common, yet troublesome surgical instrument used for partial-knee replacements. Her design has impressed a prominent orthopedic surgeon, as well as the maker of the current extractor tool.

Student Experience

"Penn College was definitely a great fit for me. The hands-on part was what really led me there, and getting that experience led me to where I am today." 

Jeffrey Feeman, Scenic Drafter, Sight & Sound Theatre

Meet Jeffrey

Featured Video

What is Industrial Design?

What is industrial design? Tom Ask, industrial design professor tackles this and the most asked questions about this career path. Learn how you can innovate tomorrow with creative solutions to everyday needs. Whether it's a new product or a fresh twist on an old design, you'll learn how to bring design ideas to life.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Admissions Office

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Industrial Design Studio
Facilities

Industrial Design Studio

Perfect your drawings and bring concepts to life in our collaborative studio space. Complete with a model shop and work benches, the studio is used for lab and available outside of class for project work.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

John Deere
Sight & Sound Theatre
Ascensia Diabetes Care
GE
Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Hanna Williams grew up on a farm with soil on her boots and a love of John Deere in her blood. After a life-changing car accident inspired her to seize the day, she decided to pursue industrial design at Penn College. Her can-do spirit earned her an internship at John Deere, an invaluable experience that landed her a full-time engineering position with the company.

Meet Hanna

 

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Student constructs his future at K'NEX

Student constructs his future at K'NEX

Some people spend a lifetime searching for that elusive “dream job.” Thomas Proske spent a summer experiencing his, thanks to an internship at a prominent toy maker.

Meet Thomas

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

 Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists (SIMS)

Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists (SIMS)

SIMS supports the creative design of products, systems, and environments. This organization encourages innovation, creation, wonderment, and fun in pursuit of whimsy and functionality through the active participation in design competitions, events, and projects.

Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD)

Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD)

SWORD allows students to learn and enhance valuable skills in design and manufacturing situations, project management, business presentations, graphics and web design, and computer applications. As part of the club, students build a vehicle to compete in a Design Series competition.
Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
11.17.2021

As design class tours, gallery again proves curricular relevance

Product design was the object of exploration for industrial design students visiting The Gallery at Penn College on Wednesday ...

11.01.2021

Students exhibit ‘Solid’ grasp of design skills

The Engineering and Industrial Design Department held its annual SolidWorks Pumpkin Carving Contest on Thursday, choosing the ...

09.28.2021

Industrial design prof writes book on boatbuilding techniques

Thomas E. Ask teaches his Pennsylvania College of Technology students that industrial design connects art with engineering and ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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More Information

Prior to beginning the third year of study, students must demonstrate proficiency in designing creative, practical products. Specifically, students must demonstrate the ability to sketch design concepts and to assess their feasibility based on engineering, marketing, and manufacturing constraints. These proficiencies will be demonstrated by earning grades of a 'C' or better in the following courses: BIX 110, BIX 220, and ART 109. Students must also meet the minimum GPA requirements established by the College's Academic Probation policy.

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College as explained on the Transfer to Penn College web page. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Program supplies and books are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Dr. John H Bailey, Jr., M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Mr. Phillip J Black, Vice President, EOS Energy Storage
  • Mr. Paul W Boxmeyer, Director, Lycoming Robotics Learning Resource Lab
  • Ms. Merry R Constantino, IDSA, Founder & Principal Industrial Designer, ProductLogic
  • Mr. Dan Doorley, President, EDGE
  • Dr. Joetta Gobell, Director, Research, Frank N. Magid Assoc., Inc.
  • Ms. Anna L Griffith, CEO & Co-Founder, Discovery Machine Inc.
  • Mr. Douglas R Miller, Sr., Vice President, Toy, Asia, Kids II
  • Mr. Ian Proud, Engineering Innovation Manager, Bucknell University Small Business Development Center
  • Ms. Georgene Rada, VP Product Development/Design Travelgoods, US Luggage/Briggs & Riley Travelware