Minor in Product Design

About the Minor

Students in this minor—through a combination of three studio courses and four applied lecture courses—learn to combine skills in creative problem solving with a visual and human-centered product design process. Students develop product concepts and collaborate on the development of product ideas, including the creation and integration of new technologies, sustainability, health-care and socially responsible design, all of which are beneficial for design professionals.

The minor is specifically created to offer students a unique multi-disciplinary studio experience. Students will develop skills in the rapid visualization of ideas, creative problem solving, transformative design thinking and an understanding of the product development process in a collaborative setting. This minor is offered to all students having an interest in developing product ideas, including students from the College of Engineering, the LeBow College of Business, and the School of Biomedical Engineering as well as College of Media Arts and Design students who would like to add a product focus to their design degree.

Academic requirements

To be eligible for the minor in Product Design, a student must have completed a minimum of 30.0 undergraduate credits, have declared a major, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. No prerequisite courses are required. Students may be encouraged to augment or prepare for this minor. A Spring/Summer co-op cycle is needed to enroll in required minor courses and the program will assist students to make a co-op cycle switch if necessary. Only upon review by the faculty advisor for the minor will students with design credits from other institutions or departments be allowed to apply these to the requirements.

Program Requirements

Required courses
PROD 101History and Analysis of Product Design3.0
PROD 210Introduction to Product Design3.0
PROD 215Design Thinking in Product Design4.0
PROD 235Applied Design Visualization3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Making I
Maker Workshop
Select two of the following:8.0
Product Design Form Studio
Product Design Process Studio
Smart Product Design
Interdisciplinary Product Design Studio
Total Credits24.0

Additional Information

For more information and to set up an initial minor advising meeting, contact Alexandra Schmidt-Ullrich, Co-Director for Product Design, as435@drexel.edu

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