2014/15 Program

Bachelor of Industrial Design

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 marketing, economics and design management. This unique blend of courses will give you a critical edge in both initial job placement and future career advancement.

We are Award Winners

Humber’s Industrial Design degree students participate in national and international competitions. In recent years, students have won numerous awards, including:

  • CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition 2013: Category winner, finalist
  • Rocket Show 2013: Transportation Category Winner
  • DX Connect 2013: Enabling Change, 2nd Place (Industrial Design Category).
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 Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, visit humber.ca/faculty.

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 or 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

The Humber 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.

Our Industry Partnerships

Many of our studio projects are placed in design competitions sponsored by our industry partners, which include ABC Group, Autodesk (Alias), Bayer, Bombardier Recreational Products, BlackBerry, Umbra 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.

Your Future Study Options

Graduates of this program have gone on to graduate studies at institutions around the world, including:

  • The Art Center (Pasadena, California)
  • The Royal College of Art (London, U.K.)
  • Northumbria University (U.K.)
  • Umeå University (Sweden)
  • Istituto Europeo di Design (Milan, Italy)
  • Brisbane University (Australia)
  • Carleton University (Ottawa)
  • The University of Toronto
Admission Requirements

Current High School Applicant (under the age of 21 as of the first day of classes and has not attended any postsecondary education)

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12U English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 65 per cent. If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Any Grade 12U Mathematics with a minimum grade of 60 per cent
  • Four Grade 12U or M courses in addition to those listed above with a minimum 65 per cent overall average
  • Presentation of a portfolio. View portfolio requirements.  

Note: Academic requirements must be received before a portfolio will be requested.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Transfer Applicant (any applicant that has attended any postsecondary education)

  • Grade 12U English (ENG4U) or equivalent* with a minimum grade of 65 per cent. If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Any Grade 12U Mathematics or equivalent* with a minimum grade of 60 per cent.
  • Postsecondary academic record in good standing
  • Presentation of a portfolio. View portfolio requirements.

Note: Academic requirements must be received before a portfolio will be requested.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

*To determine course equivalence, full course outlines will be required for evaluation.

Mature Applicant (21 or older as of the first day of classes and has not attended any postsecondary education)

  • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or 4A or OAC) with a minimum grade of 65 per cent. If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (any 4U or 4A or OAC) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent
  • Mature student statement letter
  • Presentation of a portfolio. View portfolio requirements.

Note: Academic requirements must be received before a statement letter or portfolio will be requested.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Fees/Scholarships

The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters was

  • domestic $7,190.58
  • international $12,950.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year.

Fees are subject to change.  For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$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.

Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
BIND 100 Industrial Design Method
BIND 102 Visual Communications 1
INDU 110 2D Design Principles
INDU 115 Concept Modelmaking 1
INDU 120 History of Design
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
BIND 150 Industrial Design Studio 1
BIND 152 Visual Communications 2
INDU 150 Technical Drawing
INDU 155 3D Design Principles
INDU 160 Concept Modelmaking 2
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
BIND 200 Industrial Design Studio 2
BIND 202 Computer-Aided Design Studio 1
INDU 210 Visual Communications 3
INDU 215 Materials and Processes for Design 1
INDU 220 Human Factors
RSMT 200 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
BIND 250 Industrial Design Studio 3
BIND 252 Computer-Aided Design Studio 2
INDU 250 Visual Communications 4
INDU 255 Graphic Design for Industrial Design 1
INDU 260 Materials and Processes for Design 2
RSMT 201 Qualitative Research Methods

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
BIND 302 Computer-Aided Design Studio 3
BIND 354 Professional Practices
ELECTIVE Elective
INDU 310 Materials and Processes for Design 3
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
BIND 455 Design Management
BIND 550 Industrial Design Work Experience
ELECTIVE Elective
INDU 355 Graphic Design for Industrial Design 2
INDU 360 Sustainable Design
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives

Semester 7

Course Code Course Name
BIND 400 Industrial Design Practice 1
BIND 401 Vehicle Design Studio 2
BIND 402 Senior Level Thesis Project 1
BIND 454 Design Research Method and Analysis
INDU 420 Entrepreneurship

Semester 8

Course Code Course Name
BIND 450 Industrial Design Practice 2
BIND 451 Vehicle Design Studio 3
BIND 452 Senior Level Thesis Project 2
INDU 450 Marketing
LASBG000 Applied Degree Breadth Electives
Bachelor of Industrial Design Electives
Course Code Course Name
BIND 300 Industrial Design Studio 4
BIND 301 Introduction To Vehicle Design
BIND 350 Industrial Design Studio 5
BIND 351 Vehicle Design Studio 1

Humber has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a five-year term starting June 6, 2008. An application for renewal of the consent has been submitted and the current consent remains in effect until a decision on the renewal application is made. Humber shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.