Product Design and Innovation

"Growth fuels our business and new products drive our growth. The need for talented product design professionals who believe Kalamazoo is a great place to thrive is core to our ability to succeed."—Mike Roeder, President/CEO, Fabri-Kal

The product design and innovation program was created with the mission of meeting current and future manufacturing needs in southwest Michigan and beyond. Through coursework in the Frostic School of Art, the Haworth College of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in addition to cooperative educational components which place students within industry settings, product design and innovation graduates will be uniquely equipped to create the future of design. The first cohort of students will begin coursework in the fall of 2017.

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CURRICULUM: BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN PRODUCT DESIGN

  • Total credit hours: 125 
  • Product Design and Innovation Core Courses: 37 credits
  • Supportive Courses—Art and Design: 27 credits
  • Supportive Courses—Engineering: 7 credits
  • Art History: 12 credits
  • Entrepreneurial Studies: 15 credits
  • General Education: 27 credits
Year one
Course typeFall (16 credits)Spring (16 credits)
Core courses   ART 1600—Product Design (3 credits)
ART 3660—Design Seminar (1 credit)
Supportive courses: Art and design ART 1040—Object Drawing (3 credits)
ART 1080—Form and Space (3 credits)
ART 1050—Drawing Studio (3 credits)
ART 1070—Form and Surface (3 credits)
Supportive courses: Engineering EDMM 1420—Engineering Graphics (3 credits)  
Art History ART 2200 or 2210—Art History Survey (3 credits) ART2220 or ART 2230—Non-Western Art History (3 credits)
General Education General Education Course—Proficiency 3: Math (4 credits) General Education Course—Proficiency 1: Writing (3 credits)
Year two
Course typeFall (16 credits)Spring (14 credits)Summer
Core Courses ART 1610—Drawing for Design (3 credits)
ART 2650—Product Design II (3 credits)
ART 2660—Materials and Processes (3 credits)
ART 3660—Design Seminar (1 credit)
IEE 3420—Ergonomics and Design (3 credits)
ART 4640—Design Internship (3 credits)
Supportive Courses: Art and design Art 3250—Writing About Art (3 credits)
Art Elective in Sculpture, Metals/Jewelry or Ceramics (3 credits)
   
Supportive courses: Engineering EDMM 1500—Introduction to Manufacturing (3 credits)
EDMM 1501—Processes and Materials in Manufacturing (Lab, 3 credits)
   
Entrepreneurial Studies IEE 3010—Entrepreneurial Engineering II 
(3 credits)
   
General Education   General Education Course—Proficiency 4: Critical Thinking (4 credits) General Education Course—Area V: Social and Behavioral Sciences (Study Abroad, 4 credits)
Year three
Course typeFall (16 credits)Spring (16 credits)Summer
Core courses ART 3680—Special Topics in Design (3 credits) ART 3650—Product Design III (3 credits)
ART 3660—Design Seminar (1 credit)
ART 4640—Design Internship (3 credits)
Supportive courses: Art and design Art Elective in sculpture, metals/jewelry or ceramics (3 credits) Art Elective (3 credits)  
Art History 3000 or 4000 Level Art History Topic Course (3 credits) ART 3920—20th Century Design History (3 credits)  
Entrepreneurial Studies MGMT 2140—Exploring Entrepreneurship (3 credits) FIN 2420—Entrepreneurial Finance (3 credits)  
General Education General Education Course—Area VI: Natural Sciences (4 credits) General Education Course—Area II: Humanities (3 credits)  
Year four
Course typeFall (12 credits)Spring (12 credits)
Core courses ART 4650—Product Design IV (3 credits) ART 4670—Thesis Project (3 credits)
ART 4970—Product Design V (1 credit)
ART 3660—Design Seminar (1 credit)
Supportive courses: Art and design Art Elective (3 credits)  
Entrepreneurial Studies Entrepreneurial Elective (3 credits) Entrepreneurial Elective (3 credits)
General Education General Education Course—Area III: US Cultures and Issues (3 credits) General Education Course—Area VIII: Health and Well-being (3 credits)

Product Design course descriptions