Product Design Major (Bachelor of Science)

A student majoring in Product Design must complete a minimum of 96 quarter hours in the major consisting of the core courses and technical requirements. In addition, the student must complete required cognates, the general studies program, and all baccalaureate degree requirements for a total of 192 quarter hours, as outlined in this bulletin. A minimum grade-point average of 2.75 is required. No grade lower than a C will apply to core and cognate requirements.

Product Design is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications optimizing the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of user and manufacturer. Students learn to analyze and solve diverse design problems from technical, aesthetic, social, and ecological viewpoints. Work progresses from developmental drawings, mock ups and models, to working drawings and prototype construction with manufacturing considerations. The B.S. in Product Design offers the knowledge and experiences that prepare students to become competitive product and industrial designers.

Product Design Program Admission

Applicants must first apply for admission online to the University through the Office of Enrollment Services and submit all post-secondary transcripts. See the admission requirements to the University. Additional requirements are listed below.

Once admitted to the University and prior to entering the first design studio course, each student must be accepted to the Department of Technology as a Product Design Major. A separate online application must be submitted. Priority will be given to qualified applicants with 24 or more credits from WWU including past and current enrollment. Applicants must have been enrolled at WWU within the past two quarters at the time of application to be given this priority.

The following requirements must be met for all Product Design applicants:
1. Submit the completed online Product Design program application.
2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above.
3. Submit two additional letters of recommendation and at least one must be a current Technology Department Instructor.
4. Participate in, and successfully pass, the Product Design portfolio critique.
5. Credits in design and technology that are more than six years old will not apply to meet core or cognate requirements.

Core Requirements:

DSGN 312Design Strategies and Methodologies

4

DSGN 345Environment Design

4

GRPH 124Introduction to Design

4

GRPH 235Digital Imaging I

4

GRPH 255Graphic Design and Layout

4

GRPH 262Computer Illustration

4

GRPH 263Web Design I

3

GRPH 370Fundamentals of Packaging

4

GRPH 492Portfolio Design

2

PRDN 120Models and Prototypes

3

PRDN 1303-D Design I

3

PRDN 3303-D Design III

3

PRDN 310Product Design Studio

4

PRDN 410Product Design Studio

4

PRDN 411Senior Project Studio

4

TECH 138Shielded Metal Arc Welding

2

TECH 220Introduction to Basic Woodworking

2

TECH 223Introduction to Fine Woodworking

2

TECH 242Fabrication and Machining of Metals II

2

TECH 321Technology and Society

4

TECH 335Computer Controlled Prototyping in Technology

3

TECH 499Senior Project

1-3

Total Credit Hours:96

Cognates:

ART 184Introduction to Drawing I

2

ART 194Introduction to Painting I

2

SPCH 101Fundamentals of Speech Communication

4

Complete one of the following: (3)

ART 324History of World Art

3

ART 325History of World Art

3

ART 326History of World Art

3

Choose one of the following: (4)

MKTG 381Principles of Marketing

4

MKTG 383Principles of Advertising

4

MKTG 384Consumer Behavior

4

Choose one of the following sequences (8)

PHYS 201Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 202Conceptual Physics

3

PHYS 204Conceptual Physics Laboratory

1

PHYS 205Conceptual Physics Laboratory

1

or

CHEM 101Introductory Chemistry

4

CHEM 102Introductory Chemistry

4