Industrial Design

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Industrial Design?

This major centers on answering the question, “Why do products look the way they do?” As an Industrial Design student, you’ll create products, interfaces, and experiences that meet people’s needs. You'll have the opportunity to design a range of items, from toys, sports, and houseware to medical or pet products. Through your coursework, you’ll get involved with debates, theories, and histories of industrial design. You'll also experience the importance of personal discovery and problem-solving through experiential assignments. You must submit a portfolio before being accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Digital design
  • Environmental design
  • Furniture design
  • Lighting design
  • Multimedia design
  • Product design
  • Toy design

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

77% employed after graduation

11% attending graduate school

$82,063 average starting annual income

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

63% four-year graduation rate

77% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,860
  • Expenses: $17,638
  • Total: $36,838


  • Tuition: $32,836
  • Fees: $4,860
  • Expenses:$17,978
  • Total: $55,674


  • Tuition: $33,766
  • Fees: $4,860
  • Expenses: $17,978
  • Total: $56,604