BFA in Design with concentration in Industrial Design

Design the Products People Use Every Day

The Industrial Design (ID) program teaches students to conceptualize, design, and improve the products, objects, tools, and devices that people use each day. 

Every manufactured object we interact with – from faucets to electronics, footwear to toys, medical devices to sports gear – is a product of design and industrial designers. At KU, ID students gain an in-depth understanding of all levels of product design, development, and manufacture through a human-centered and career-focused approach. The KU Industrial Design program prepares graduates to enter professional life ready to create innovative, beautiful, and sustainable solutions that improve products, businesses, and lives. 

The BFA in Design, Industrial Design degree consist of a carefully-arranged sequence of courses that follow a four-year track from the fall semester of a student's year of admission to the program. Studios are typically only available in either fall or spring semesters and cannot be compressed into an accelerated time frame.

Year 1
BDS 101 (Studio)4INDD 101 (Studio)4
BDS 103 (Studio)4INDD 114 (Studio)4
HA 100 or 151 (Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE))060**3ADS 340 (HA 100 or HA 151 prerec)3
Core 34: English (SGE)0103Core 34: English (SGE)0103
ADS 3201Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE)0303
 15 17
Year 2
INDD 210 (Studio)4INDD 220 (Studio)4
INDD 214 (Studio)4INDD 308 (Studio)3
ADS 347 or 3453INDD 350 (Studio)4
Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE)0404Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503
 ADS 3201
 15 15
Year 3
INDD 310 (Studio)4INDD 325 (Studio)4
INDD 315 (Studio)4Major Studio Elective (see Major Studio Elective List)4
INDD 430 (Studio)3ADS 4023
ADS 4503ADS 3201
Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503
 17 15
Year 4
INDD 410 (Capstone Studio)4INDD 425 (Studio)4
Major Studio Elective (see Major Studio Elective List)4Major Studio Elective (see Major Studio Elective List)4
Core 34: US Culture (SGE)0703ADS 4551
Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603
 14 12
Total Hours 120
ADS 320 KU Design Professional Lecture Series: Three credit hours of ADS 320 are required.

Major Studio Electives (12 credits) 

INDD 378Problems in Industrial Design: _____4
INDD 380Footwear Design Lab4
INDD 382Digital Guitar Workshop4
INDD 384Soft Goods Lab4
ADS 531Internship Credit1-6
ADS 532Study Abroad: _____3
ADS 533Study Abroad Documentation3
ADS 560Topics in Design: _____4
IXD 302Fundamentals in UI/UX Design3
IXD 415Emerging Technologies 14
VISC 426Experiential Design4


*  - This course is a Required major course and is also part of Core 34: Systemwide General Education.  If this course is not taken to fulfill the Core 34:SGE requirement, it must be taken in place of elective hours.

**  - This course is a Recommended Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This specific course is not required but is recommended by the program’s faculty.

***  - This course is a Required Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This program is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to require this specific Core 34:Systemwide General Education course.  If a student did not take this course it must be taken in addition to other degree requirements.