Product Design

Major: Product Design
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 187.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0404
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-1021; 25-1121; 27-1024; 27-1029

About the Program

Product design combines the fields of art, business, and engineering to design the products people use every day. The program in product design focuses creativity and intellect, and prepares students for careers in a range of product design fields including corporate product design, design consulting, entrepreneurial endeavors, sustainable product development, and global design initiatives.

The major in product design is centered on teaching students the skills to develop and design products for a vast array of industries, specializing in multidisciplinary design research focused on product development and commercialization. It will also encourage collaboration in green design, sustainability and innovation in product development, facilitating and combining the fields of art, business, engineering and technology.

Students have the opportunity to create products ranging from furniture and toys to medical devices and consumer electronics in design competitions and charrettes. Students learn in state-of-the-art facilities that include a modeling shop and studio, laser cutters, 3D printers, rapid prototypers and molding clays and tools. The modeling shop and studio are large design-centered spaces, built to promote and sustain the studio culture students will enter upon graduation.

Students enrolled in the product design major will be expected to pursue a minor outside of product design that will allow them to apply their design capabilities toward a specific area of expertise.

For more information about this major, visit the College's Product Design page.

Degree Requirements 

In addition to the following requirements for graduation, students enrolled in the Product Design major will be expected to pursue a minor outside of product design that will allow them to apply their design capabilities toward a specific area of expertise.

General education requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
CHEM 201Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry3.0
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 103General Physics I4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 332Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 3 credits3.0
Free electives27.0
Visual studies requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
VSCM 230Visual Communication I4.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Multimedia: Performance
Multimedia: Space
Multimedia: Materials
Product Design requirements
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
DSMR 201Analysis of Product3.0
MATE 120Modern Materials in Your World3.0
MATE 121Mechanical Behavior of Materials for Product Design1.0
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
PROD 101History and Analysis of Product Design3.0
PROD 205Applied Making I3.0
PROD 210Introduction to Product Design3.0
PROD 220Product Design Form Studio4.0
PROD 225Computer Aided Imagining in Product Design3.0
PROD 230Product Design Process Studio4.0
PROD 235Applied Design Visualization3.0
PROD 245Seminar Professional Landscape3.0
PROD 255Applied Materials in Product Design3.0
PROD 340Interdisciplinary Product Design Studio4.0
PROD 345Applied Human Centered Design3.0
PROD 425Applied Design Research3.0
PROD 460Research Synthesis Studio4.0
PROD 470Create Build Studio4.0
PROD 475Professional Practice in Product Design3.0
PROD 480Exhibition Studio4.0
Optional Product Design electives
Design Thinking in Product Design
Sponsored Product Design Studio
Special Topics in Product Design
Special Topics in Product Design
Special Topics in Product Design
Special Topics in Product Design
Independent Study in Product Design
Independent Study in Product Design
Independent Study in Product Design
Independent Study in Product Design
Total Credits187.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PROD 101History and Analysis of Product Design3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
DIGM 100Digital Design Tools3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
PROD 205Applied Making I3.0
PROD 210Introduction to Product Design3.0
PROD 235Applied Design Visualization3.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
Arts & Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
MATE 120Modern Materials in Your World3.0
MATE 121Mechanical Behavior of Materials for Product Design1.0
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
PROD 220Product Design Form Studio4.0
VSCM 230Visual Communication I4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
CHEM 201Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry3.0
DSMR 201Analysis of Product3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
PROD 230Product Design Process Studio4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Multimedia: Performance 
Multimedia: Space 
Multimedia: Materials 
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
PHTO 110Photography3.0
PROD 225Computer Aided Imagining in Product Design3.0
PROD 245Seminar Professional Landscape3.0
PROD 255Applied Materials in Product Design3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
PHYS 103General Physics I4.0
PROD 340Interdisciplinary Product Design Studio4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Free elective 3.0
Social science elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
PHTO 234Studio Photography4.0
PROD 345Applied Human Centered Design3.0
PSY 332Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
PROD 425Applied Design Research3.0
PROD 460Research Synthesis Studio4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
PROD 470Create Build Studio4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
PROD 475Professional Practice in Product Design3.0
PROD 480Exhibition Studio4.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 187.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Product designers have careers in a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, housewares, furniture, fashion accessories, medical devices, toys, automotive and transportation. The work of product designers improves the usefulness and appearance of countless products that contribute to the quality of our work and personal lives.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Product Design Faculty

Ann Gerondelis, MArch (Georgia Institute of Technology) Department Head, Design. Teaching Professor. Embodied perception and its relationship to the design of human experiences, from the scale of the built environment to objects that surround us.
Michael Glaser, MFA (Ohio State University) Program Director for Product Design. Associate Professor. <em>Westphal College of Media Arts & Design</em> Quantifying the designer's intuition; the interplay between digital and physical forms; human desire to shape our surroundings.
Josh Longo, BA (Pratt Institute) Fabrication Shop Manager, Department of Design.
Erik Sundquist, MA (Florida International University) Hybrid Making Lab Director. Assistant Teaching Professor. Product design
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