Bachelor of Industrial Design

Bachelor of Industrial Design

Bachelor of Industrial Design (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Eight semesters, beginning in September


Bachelor of Industrial Design

Contact Information

Patrick Burke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4523


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $7,531.54
– international $14,800.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$1,000 to $1,500 – books, materials, etc. per year; additional software (specified four months before needed). Humber uses Microsoft Office.

For information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
– Grade 12 Mathematics (MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) minimum 60 per cent (Students who do not possess Grade 12U Mathematics or who have achieved a grade below 60 per cent may be considered for admission. Students will be required to complete a math equivalency course during their first semester at Humber. Additional course fees will apply.)
– Four Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
– Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.

Our Program

The core of Humber’s Industrial Design degree program is learning and applying design strategies through a series of studio courses. How do we do that?

In each semester, you’ll undertake at least two design projects, many involving corporate clients to ensure real-world relevancy. You’ll learn how to generate innovative ideas, work them into preliminary sketches and designs, and bring them to life through the creation of computer-generated 3D models and rapid prototypes.

You’ll also develop professional-level skills that are vital to support your work as a designer. Sketching skills are stressed throughout the program. One of the key competitive advantages that sets our program and our graduates apart is our emphasis on developing strong 3D computer-aided design (CAD) skills, which are highly valued by employers.

Using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), you’ll do extensive digital designing and editing.

By the end of the program, you’ll be able to apply various problem-solving methods to resolve a design challenge. The critical first step is to determine the connection between the user and the product. Once that is identified, your creative challenge is to meet the function, form and emotional needs of the user.

The Industrial Design degree program also includes courses in design management, marketing, as well as entrepreneurship. This unique blend of courses will give you a critical edge in both initial job placement and future career advancement.

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How to Apply

Your Career

Look around. Almost everything in your office or home, other than clothing, is designed by an industrial designer. Laptops and mobile devices, sports cars and off-road recreational vehicles, contemporary furniture and lighting, running shoes and sports equipment, designer kettles and cappuccino makers – these are just a sampling of the products industrial designers create.

For a product design to be successful, the designer must start by analyzing the connection between the product and the user. As an industrial designer, you’re a combination of an engineer and an artist, thinking and designing in 3D.

Our Industry Partnerships

Many of our studio projects are placed in design competitions sponsored by our industry partners which include Bombardier Recreational Products, BlackBerry, ABC Group, Bayer, Umbra, Kiska GmbH and Magna International.

Our advisory committee regularly reviews and provides input into our curriculum, ensuring that our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

You’ll also participate in annual student events and showcases of student projects, including the Chair Show for second-year students and the Thesis Show for graduating fourth-year students.

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit Faculty Credentials.


Humber’s Industrial Design degree students participate in national and international competitions. In recent years, students have won numerous awards, including:
– Rocket Show 2014 (Graduates of Industrial Design programs in Ontario): First Overall Winner; Transportation Category Winner
– DX Connect 2014: Enabling Change, 1st Place (Environmental Design Category)
– CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition 2013: Winner (GMC Terrain Category).

Our Facilities

The learning spaces in our new Design Centre provide an atmosphere that simulates real-world design studios, including team discussion and presentation areas.

The Design Centre also features an industrial design model shop where students have full access to facilities for working in wood, metal, plastic and composites. This shop includes a computerized numerical control (CNC) 3-axis milling machine, two types of rapid prototyping machines and a thermoforming machine.

Work Placement

Humber’s Industrial Design degree program includes a work placement of 400 hours in the summer between the sixth and seventh semesters. This gives you the hands-on, real-world experience that employers value. The placement also gives you the opportunity to explore the field you’d like to work in when you graduate.

Your Future Study Options

Graduates of this program have gone on to master’s degree studies at institutions around the world, including:
– The Art Center (California)
– The Royal College of Art (U.K.)
– Northumbria University (U.K.)
– Umeå University (Sweden)
– Istituto Europeo di Design (Italy)
– Carleton University (Ottawa)
– The University of Toronto (Toronto).

As a qualified graduate of this program, you may be eligible to apply your academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit Transfer Options for detailed information.

End Notes

Humber was first granted Ministerial Consent to offer this program in 2003. All degrees offered by Ontario colleges are reviewed by a provincial quality assurance agency on a cyclical basis which results in consent renewals. As a result of the most recent review, Humber has been granted a consent renewal by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to continue to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting February 21, 2014. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Humber will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Humber shall ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

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