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Product Design

Product Design Certificate Program is a sequence of 9 courses intended for individuals beginning a new career, augmenting an existing career, or seeking to enhance their existing art or design skills. The program is geared for the adult learner and is designed to meet professional industry standards. Study begins with the development of an understanding of foundational design theory and leads to a translation of that knowledge into practical product design requirements. Courses provide intensive, practical training leading to the development of a professional portfolio. The program is intended to prepare students for an entry-level position as a product designer (SOC 27-1021*).

The Course Sequence

Prerequisite Courses [5]:
Students must complete the following five courses prior to beginning the core courses, or have equivalent knowledge.
Drawing and Composition
Fundamentals of 2-Dimensional Design
Fundamentals of 3-Dimensional Design
Perspective Drawing
Introduction to Digital Design

Core Courses [9]:
Product Design Innovation Lab: Level 1
Visual Communication I
Visual Communication II
Introduction to 3D Digital Modeling (SolidWorks)
Advanced 3D Digital Modeling (SolidWorks)
Product Design Studio I (or pre-approved studio course**)
Product Design Studio II (or pre-approved studio course**)
Product Design Studio III (or pre-approved studio course**)
Professional Practices: Design Your Future

Estimated Total Program Cost:
Certificate Application: $185
Tuition: $8,200 ($5,360 without prerequisites)
Supplies and Books: $1,800
Total: $10,000 ($7160 without prerequisites)

Please note: Certificate program courses are open to all students. Students interested in taking certificate program courses for professional growth or personal development are welcome to attend.

* Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code ** Students may substitute a course such as Introduction to Footwear Design or Introduction to Ceramic Production with department approval.