Product Design

"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 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 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 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 1650—Product Design I (3 credits)
ART 1600—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) ART 2220 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 2650—Product Design II (3 credits)ART 2660—Materials & Processes (3 credits)
ART 1600—Design Seminar (1 credit)
ART 4640—Design Internship (3 credits) *Taken during either the summer after year two or year three
Supportive courses: Art and design 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) *May be taken with lecture or following semester if necessary
   
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—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 3250—Writing About Art (3 credits) 
ART 3680—Special Topics in Design (3 credits)
ART 3650—Product Design III (3 credits)
ART 1600—Design Seminar (1 credit)
ART 4640—Design Internship (3 credits) *Taken during either the summer after year two or year three
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)  
Supportive courses: Engineering IEE 3010 - Entrepreneurial Engineering: Product & Service Design (3 credits) IEE 3420—Ergonomics and Design (3 credits)  
General Education   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 1600—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