Product Design BS

Major: Product Design
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 191.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 11.0105
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 15-1255; 27-1021; 27-1024; 27-1029

About the Program

The Product Design program at Drexel University explores opportunities in the field of Industrial Design, preparing students for exciting and dynamic careers in the ever-evolving world of product development and innovation. This creative and interdisciplinary program combines the fields of art, engineering, technology, psychology, business and sociology to equip students with the skills needed to design the products, services, systems and experiences that shape our daily lives.

Our curriculum is centered on teaching students the technical and innovative skills required to develop products for a wide range of industries. Students have access to a range of fabrication facilities which include the Prod Make Lab, the Hybrid Making Lab, the Smart Product Lab, and Empathic Co-Design Lab. The shops, labs and studios are all collaborative, design-centered spaces, built to promote and sustain the studio culture. Students also gain strategic problem-finding and problem-solving skills that can be applied across various contexts. Through hands-on studio work and design research methods focused on product development, commercialization and user experience, our students develop a comprehensive understanding of a human-centered design process.

One of the unique features of our program is the diverse collaboration opportunities available to students. We encourage our students to address challenges in sustainability, social impact design, health, technology, and interdisciplinary product development and innovation. By working with faculty and peers from various disciplines, our students gain a broad perspective on design and its potential to make a positive impact on the world.

Graduates of the Product Design program are well-prepared for a wide range of creative and in-demand careers. Through the rigorous curriculum and co-op employment experience, our alumni have gone on to successful careers as industrial designers in the following areas: consumer products, furniture design, toy design, medical devices, wearable technology, transportation, user experience/user interface (UX/UI), electronics, design research, project management and environmental design. With a Bachelor of Science in Product Design from Drexel University, you'll be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to make your mark in this exciting field.

Students enrolled in the Product Design major are encouraged to pursue a minor outside of Product Design which allows them to apply their design capabilities towards a specific area of expertise and interest.

Additional Information

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 are encouraged 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
CHEM 201Why Things Work: Everyday Chemistry3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
IDM 214Human Factors Engineering3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 170Electricity and Motion3.0
PHYS 171Computational Lab for Electricity and Motion1.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 6.0 credits **6.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 3.0 credits ***3.0
Required Art History-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits 9.0
Free electives27.0
Visual Studies Requirements
PHTO 110Photography3.0
PHTO 224Studio Lighting Techniques3.0
VSCM 230Visual Communication I4.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
WEST 107Maker Workshop3.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Multimedia: Materials
Sculpture: CNC Fabrication
Sculpture: Metal Fabrication
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
Sculpture III
Product Design Requirements
DSMR 100Computer Imaging I3.0
DSMR 201Analysis of Product3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENTP 100Innovation Ecosystem1.0
ENTP 205Ready, Set, Fail3.0
MATE 120Modern Materials in Your World3.0
MATE 121Mechanical Behavior of Materials for Product Design1.0
PROD 101History and Analysis of Product Design3.0
PROD 205Applied Making I3.0
PROD 211Form Studio4.0
PROD 212Intro to Product Design4.0
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 265Introduction to CAD Product Design3.0
PROD 275Visual Communication for 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
Smart Product Design
Soft Goods for Product Design
Speaker Making
Experimental Design
Design for Manufacturing
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 Credits191.0

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


Select 6.0 credits from 100-499 level, including T380-T480 in AFAS, ARCH, ARTH, COM, DANC, ENGL, FMST, GST, HIST, INTR, IST, JWST, LANG, LING, MENA, MUSC, PHIL, PHTO, PPE, PBHL, RELS, SCRP, THTR, TVST, VSCM, WGST, WRIT


Select 3.0 credits from 100-499 level courses, including T380-T480 in AFAS, ANTH, CJS, CS, ECON, ENSS, ENVS, PSCI, PSY, PBHL, SOC, WGST

Select 9.0 credits from 100-499 level courses, including T380 and T480, in ARTH

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

4 year, 1 coop

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
PROD 1013.0DSMR 1003.0MATH 1014.0 
UNIV A1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0VSST 1034.0 
VSST 1014.0VSST 1024.0VSST 1113.0 
VSST 1103.0WEST 1073.0Art History Elective3.0 
 Art History Elective3.0  
 14 17 17 0
Second Year
PROD 2053.0MATE 1203.0CHEM 2013.0COOP 101*1.0
PROD 2114.0MATE 1211.0DSMR 2013.0PHTO 1103.0
PROD 2353.0PROD 2124.0ECON 2014.0PROD 2253.0
VSST 203, 309, 310, 311, 312, or 3134.0PROD 2653.0PROD 2304.0PROD 2453.0
Arts and Humanities Elective3.0VSCM 2304.0PROD 2753.0PROD 2553.0
 Arts and Humanities Elective3.0 Free Elective3.0
 17 18 17 16
Third Year
PHYS 1711.0IDM 2143.0  
PROD 3404.0PHTO 2243.0  
PSY 1013.0PROD 3453.0  
Free Elective3.0Free Elective3.0  
Social Science Elective3.0   
 17 15 0 0
Fourth Year
ENTP 1001.0ENTP 2053.0PROD 4804.0 
PROD 4253.0PROD 4704.0Free Electives9.0 
PROD 4604.0PROD 4753.0  
Art History Elective3.0Free Electives6.0  
Free Electives3.0   
 14 16 13 
Total Credits 191

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Product designers have careers in a wide range of industries including housewares, furniture, consumer electronics, fashion accessories, medical devices, toys, design research, sustainable product design, user experience, as well as 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.

Program Level Outcomes

  • Apply, control and manipulate the industrial design process in the production of novel product solutions

  • Visual problem-solving methodologies: sketching and physical prototyping to create and communicate ideas

  • Strong presentation and written communication skills

  • Use of ethnographic and ergonomic research in the production of suitable solutions

  • Clearly express personal design decisions and design authorship in the production of relevant design solutions

  • Use advanced computing to aid design programs in developing and communicating designs

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and respect for design history as a research tool

  • Express understanding of design theory and its role in design

  • Express understanding and application of design ethics

  • Shows evidence of critical thinking and deductive logic

  • Formulate an expressed and observable design philosophy

  • Investigate evidence of the use and control of manufacturing and advanced modeling technologies

  • Incorporation and understanding of advanced digital tools for product AI visualization

  • Collaboration with others to produce novel solutions

  • Demonstrate empathy for the user and stakeholders

  • Develop an eye for beauty and aesthetics

  • Familiarity with the professional Product Design / Industrial Design industry

Product Design Faculty

David Beker, MArch, MFA (University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design, Architecture
Noah Dingler, BFA (College for Creative Studies). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Ann Dinh, MID (Rhode Island School of Design). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Carl Durkow, BSID (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Bamidélé Elégbèdé, MFA (California College of the Arts). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Nicole Feller-Johnson, MS (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design, MS Design Research
Jemma Frost, BSID (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Sam Gearhart, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Ann Gerondelis, AIA, IDSA (Georgia Institute of Technology) Design Department Head. Teaching Professor. Product Design
Michael Glaser, MFA (The Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Product Design
Jay Haon, MFA (Rhode Island School of Design). Adjunct Instructor. Product Design
June He, MFA (Rhode Island School of Design). Adjunct Instructor. Product Design
Henry Homza, BSID (Kean University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Pradyuman Kodavatiganti, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Henry Merker, BS (Drexel University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Ayana Paterson, BSID (Syracuse University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Eli Robbins, MArch (University of Oregon). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Raja Schaar, MAAE,IDSA (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) Product Design Associate Program Director. Associate Professor. Product Design
Alexandra Schmidt-Ullrich, MArch (University of Pennsylvania) Product Design Program Director. Associate Teaching Professor. Product Design
Georgena Senior, BFA (Kutztown University). Adjunct Faculty. Product Design
Erik Sundquist, MA (Florida International University) Hybrid Making Lab Director. Associate Teaching Professor. Product design
Cooper Wright, BA (Maryland Institute College). Adjunct Faculty. Fabrication Shop Manager, Product Design