Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

The 59-unit Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design addresses the creation of industrial goods and services and concentrates on three principle aspects of design -- process, people and product -- and incorporates the study of user-centered needs, relative to the responsible and resourceful implementation of technology innovation, materials, marketing principles, and aesthetic values. All Design undergraduate programs are impacted at the first-time freshman level and for upper-division transfer programs. See Application Procedures, below.

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Laptop Requirement

Students are required to purchase a laptop with required software when they begin the major. Students accepted into the Design program will receive hardware and software recommendations for their particular course of study. Educational discounts on both hardware and software are available through the SFSU Bookstore, and through various online vendors. If you qualify for federal financial aid and have not already been awarded the annual maximum in federal student loans, you may request an increase in the federal student loan to assist you with the purchase of the laptop.

Application Procedures

Design undergraduate programs are impacted at the first-time freshman level and for upper-division transfer students. All applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 units by the semester you would start the major with an overall minimum grade point average of 2.5 and two pre‐major prerequisite courses, for a total of 6 units. The pre-major courses must be passed with grades of “C” or better (see application form for details). Applicants are selected for available spaces based on completion of prerequisites, grade point average, experience in the field, and communication skills. Note: A list of acceptable pre-major courses is found on page two of the Supplemental Program Application Form below.

Admission of California State University qualified applicants will be based upon review of the departmental Supplemental Program Application. Supplemental Program Applications are accepted October 1 through December 15 for admission the following fall semester.

We have accepted our cohort for Fall 2019 and applications are currently closed. We will reopen applications for Fall 2020 soon. For your reference, we have a link to the supplemental Design application below.

To Apply

Supplemental Program Application Form (PDF)

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