Product Design

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Product Design is an applied visual art degree that prepares individuals to use design techniques to create manufactured goods and effectively communicate design solutions.  At CBU we prepare students to not only be successful product designers for consumer goods, we also prepare students to design for the undeserved populations of the world. The Product Design degree included instruction in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.

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Product Design Degrees

CBU Product Design offers a Bachelors of Arts degree which provides core instruction in product design along with interdisciplinary training alongside architecture, graphic design, visual experience design, illustration, and interior design – all taught from a Christian worldview preparing our students to live Biblical based missional lives.

Optional Elective Focus

CBU Product Design is created with a flexible curriculum, allowing students to utilize electives to support their interests.  Situated within a large art and design college, production design majors have the chance to draw from other fields to enhance their education.

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B.A. Production Design

Product Design is an applied visual art degree that prepares individuals to use design techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via the creation of effective forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products.  Includes instruction in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.

General Education Courses

The general education requirements will follow the curriculum set forth for other university programs. Some general education requirements will be met through specific architecture major requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

ART 201 Principles of Design and Color

Units: 4. Offered: Fall, Spring.

An introduction to the principles of two-dimensional design and color theory and their use as tools for effective visual communication.

ART 208 Studio Drawing I

Units: 4. Offered: Spring.

This course functions as the introductory drawing course for Art Majors and Minors. In it, the perceptual and technical skills, and the basic media of drawing are introduced and exercised. Drawing as an historic art form is studied and used to develop a sophisticated awareness of its current expressive potential.  Credit cannot be earned for ART 204 and ART 208.

DES 110 Design Thought Foundations I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will be an introduction to 2D design thinking, as applied to the interrelated, interdisciplinary fields of design and as understood from a biblical world-view. Basic design theories, principles, major movements and works will be covered. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through projects, class discussions, field trips and lectures. This course is an introduction to the design paths available through the College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design, but also serves non-design majors interested in discovering design.

EGR 122 Visualization Languages I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Engineering is a discipline which requires the effective communication of visual information as part of persuasion or education. Excel (beginning and advanced techniques), and a CAD program will be covered to assist in that process for a real current engineering problem of interest. For example this might include the utilization of solar power in Riverside County to address energy consumption concerns. This course lays the foundation for future courses which have elements of data and information presentation.

EGR 263 Intro to 3D Computer Aided Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course introduces students to three dimensional (3D) computer aided design (CAD) using Solidworks software. Students will learn to create sketches, extrusions, revolutions, and holes. Design considerations for 3D printing and/or rapid prototyping will be included.

GDM 150 Fundamental UI / UX

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course serves as an introduction to a variety of visual, navigational and structural approaches in the user experience (UX) and interface (UI) building process. The primary goal is for students to better understand how to design for various digital and environmental user experiences. Topics that will be covered include research, navigation systems, visual hierarchy, prototyping, testing and best practices. A strong emphasis is placed on conceptual development, structure, interactivity, and design aesthetics that will result in effective physical and virtual user experience solutions.

PRD 150 Introduction to Product Design Methods

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (Odd Years).

Introduction and overview of product design process and methods. Overview includes examination of the product development process from concept generation to design and manufacturing, including project management.

Upper Division Requirements

PRD 310 Product Design Studio I

Units: 6. Offered: Fall.

This studio based course utilizes the creative process and methods in product design through the design of projects escalating in scale and complexity. Topics include empathetic research methods, environmental factors / ergonomics, modeling, form giving, prototyping, and communication. Studio projects will primarily consider the design of furniture. Pre-Requisite: PRD 150 or ARC 210

PRD 312 Product Design Studio II

Units: 6. Offered: Spring.

This studio based course examines product design problems increasing in complexity of structures and mechanisms. Studio projects will primarily consider the design of user centered commercial products for mass production in relation to the business environment including marketing, branding, merchandizing, entrepreneurship within the context of globalized marketing and manufacturing.  Pre-Requisite: PRD 310

PRD 340 History / Theory of Product Design

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (Even Years).

This lecture course examines the historical, theoretical, social and cultural context of product design and manufactured products, communication, and media from the Industrial Revolution to the present.  The course will study major movements within industrial production as well as concepts of sustainability, social equity, and majority world contexts will be considered.

PRD 350 Human Centric Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (Even Years).

This course examines the principles and practices of human-centered design processes and products within product design. An emphasis is placed on the introduction and practiced application of empathetic design research methods and design strategies to the product design process.

PRD 380 Materials and Processes

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (Odd Years).

An overview of materials and manufacturing processes applied in production for Product Design.  Emphasis will be applied to an introduction to commonly specified materials and their effect on manufacturing processes and aesthetic composition possibilities, their relationship to market feasibility, and their impact on user markets.  Pre-Requisite: PRD 150

PRD 410 Product Design Studio III

Units: 6. Offered: Fall.

This studio based course examines product design problems exposing students to technology, materials and manufacturing processes during the development of the projects. Studio projects will primarily consider the reconciliation of user centered constraints such as socio-economic, cultural adaptability, environmental-sustainability, manufacturability, or health and safety. Pre-Requisite: PRD 312

PRD 412 Product Design Studio IV

Units: 6. Offered: Spring.

This studio based course examines advanced design of products and systems of increased complexity. Pre-Requisite: PRD 410

PRD 470 Professional Practice

Units: 3. Offered: Spring (Even Years).

This course concentrates on the professional preparation and professional practice within Product Design. Topics include professional presentation, communication, and interview skills; portfolio development; administrative and legal aspects of the profession; and aspects of corporate and free-lance practices. Pre-Requisite: PRD 150

Student Learning Outcomes

Interior Design Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  1. Faith Integration: Majors will apply a Christian worldview to the moral and ethical questions inherent in the product design industry.
  2. Design Literacy: Majors will demonstrate a critical and working familiarity with the themes and concerns of product design.
  3. Creative Thinking: Majors will demonstrate the ability to engage in associative/spatial thinking dynamically.
  4. Media Fluency: Majors will command the inherent dynamics of three-dimensional design and two-dimensional media as applied to the principles of professional product design techniques and best-practices workflows.
  5. Professional Awareness: Majors will assess the professional implications of their expressive decisions and to apply techniques of professional presentation.

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