Mission Statement

There are millions of people all over the world waiting for the enlightened and entrepreneurial participation of designers, waiting to hear the insights that come from our years of work and study—real interventions that can touch the lives of all citizens of the world via the language of design, showing what's possible in life. As such, the mission of the Industrial Design Department at Pratt is to educate students to be able take their place in the world and influence it positively, joining a group of intelligent, powerful, and insightful people who can move society in a more creative and responsible direction. We are united in the rigorous pursuit of creativity and translating ideas into form, in a studio environment that promotes individual and group learning. What distinguishes the ID program at Pratt is the adroit, artful thinking of students encouraged in studio classes; the special aesthetic sensibility in form-making that is key in the curriculum; a degree of technical rigor; and creativity “in context,” with regard to history, teamwork, user experience, and conceptual thinking about social and environmental issues so that graduates of the program can take on the diversity of the design profession and contribute innovative results.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in translating ideas into 2- and 3-D form, implementing their aesthetic sensibility, critical thinking, and use of digital/analog tools.
  • Students will have in-depth knowledge of the design process according to current professional practice, including research, ideation, refinement, prototyping and presentation, individually and in teams, using contemporary design thinking in the creation of superior products.
  • Students will achieve a working knowledge of materials and methods of manufacture that incorporate principles of sustainability, ethics, and the global consequences.
  • Graduates from the B.I.D. program will develop a humanistic approach to the needs of end-users from the point of view of interface, ergonomic, social, historical, and commercial perspectives.
Industrial Design Curriculum - 2017

Curriculum

Requirements for Bachelor of Industrial Design

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-140 Visualization/Representation

    FDC-150 Space, Form, Process

    FDC-160 Light Color Design Lab

    HAD-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-141 Visualization/Representation/Concept

    FDC-161 Light Color Design Studio

    FDC-180 Time and Movement

    HAD-112 Themes in Art and Culture II

  • Semester 2 Core

    Complete one of the following Social Science Core Global Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-203G Global History to 1800
    OR
    SS-204G Global History Since 1800
    OR
    SS-209G Introduction to Anthropology
    OR
    SS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
    OR
    SS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great Khans
    OR
    SS-236G Comparative Revolutions
    OR
    SS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
    OR
    SS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global Identities
    OR
    SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
    OR
    SSWI-234G Century of Genocides
    OR
    SSWI-241G Cities and Globalization
    OR
    SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
    OR
    SS-256GP Law, War and Empire in Modern World History
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    IND-201 Design Studio I

    IND-211 3D Representation I

    IND-245 2D Representation I

    HAD-363 History Of Industrial Design

    SOD-001 Shop Safety

  • Semester 3 Core

    Complete one of the following Thinking Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-201T Sustainable Core
    OR
    SS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and Protest
    OR
    SSWI-210T General Psychology
    OR
    SSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and Settlers
    OR
    SSWI-233T Violence As Politics
    OR
    SSWI-235T Education and Society
    OR
    SSWI-237T Death & Dying
    OR
    SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
    OR
    SSWI-250T The Ethics of Research
    OR
    SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities
    OR
    SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
    OR
    SSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and Consumption
    OR
    SSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and Representation
    OR
    SSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, Identity
    OR
    SSWI-228TP Introduction to Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses.

    IND-202 Design Studio II

    IND-212 3D Representation II

    IND-246 2D Representation II

    HMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies II

  • Semester 4 Core

    Complete one of the following Math Science Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    MSCI-220C Science of Light
    OR
    MSCI-222C Intro. to Electronics
    OR
    MSCI-223C Astronomy
    OR
    MSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our Universe
    OR
    MSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's Materials
    OR
    MSCI-250C Geology
    OR
    MSCI-251C Planet Earth
    OR
    MSCI-252C Natural Catastrophes
    OR
    MSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & Creators
    OR
    MSWI-210C Science & Society
    OR
    MSWI-224C The Physics of Acoustic Music
    OR
    MSWI-230C Chemistry of Pigments
    OR
    MSWI-260C Evolution
    OR
    MSWI-263C The Biological Significance of Art and Techonology
    OR
    MSWI-270C Ecology Environment and Anthropocene

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits

    IND-301 Design Studio III

    IND-311 Complex Form and Space Methodology

    IND-320 Design Engineering I



  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective 300/400 level credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits

    IND-302 Design Studio IV

    IND-312 3D Representation IV

    IND-321 Design Engineering II

  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core (300/400)Level Elective credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits.

    IND-401 Design Studio V

    IND-450 Design Theory and Research


  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core (300/400) Level Elective credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits.


    IND-441 Professional Practice