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Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

Our programs are recognized as Human-Centered Technology Design STEM degrees.

Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Design distinguishes itself through its commitment to the end-user and its multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving. Through rapid prototype iteration and a focus on people, industrial design students gain valuable practice in human-centered design and research-driven problem solving.

Our school is significantly different from other ID programs. For us, industrial design operates at the intersection of design, technology, and business. We combine Georgia Tech's rigorous scientific approach with our design traditions and development. Integration with other disciplines and our own teaching and research labs motivate students to solve problems and imagine design solutions that anticipate the future.

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BSID Curriculum

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Application Deadlines

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design program is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degree - CIP code 11.0105. STEM designation makes our international students eligible to apply for a two-year OPT extension, as well as STEM-specific scholarships.

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First Years, Sophomores: Unconventional Artists

First-year industrial design students begin their academic career by diving into classes that build core design skills. Students learn to sketch, model, design, and visually communicate in studio courses taught by ID faculty and industry experts. Lecture classes introduce students to the history of industrial design, and the breadth of career opportunities afforded by the discipline. With this broad learning in their first year, our students are well-positioned to be skillful, creative problem solvers.

As sophomores, ID students connect to research, expand their digital design skills, and build fundamental skills in smart product design – a hallmark of our program.

student project: DART bike

Junior Year: Research-Driven Specializations

Our program offers three distinct tracks, each targeting a unique aspect of design innovation. The Product Development and Innovation track delves into advanced design and manufacturing, emphasizing parametric modeling, 3D scanning, advanced materials, and digital manufacturing for diverse product applications. The Health and Well-Being track adopts a proactive stance in design research, focusing on universal design and the creation of innovative products and services in wellness and health ecosystems. Meanwhile, the Interactive Product Design specialization explores the realm of "smart" products and next-generation wearables, employing body scanning, sensor-based technologies, and soft-goods design to push the boundaries of interactive product development.

student project: wash bus for the unhoused to enable them to wash their clothes

Senior Year: Creative Problem-Solving

In our classrooms, senior students engage in an expansive exploration of their roles in product and service systems design, brand and experience design, and design entrepreneurship. Collaborative studio work often involves prestigious Atlanta clients like Coca-Cola, Emory Healthcare, the CDC, NCR, MailChimp, Chick-fil-A, and Porsche, providing real-world experience. Senior students culminate their learning in a capstone design project, applying their comprehensive skills to solve significant problems. Many opt for interdisciplinary collaboration with engineers, combining design problem-solving with functionality to create effective, real-world solutions.

Beyond the Studio

The School of Industrial Design also offers one of Georgia Tech's most popular minors, and our students are among the highest percentage of those participating in study abroad programs and internships.

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Students can learn to creatively solve problems within their major study as well as design fundamentals.
A Makita saw prototype.

Co-Op & Internships

Georgia Tech has a strong co-op culture, and we have strong industry ties here at the School of Industrial Design.
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Study Abroad

Learn the many ways that industrial design students can gain an international design education through Georgia Tech.

Undergraduate Academic Support

Troy Whyte

Troy Whyte

Academic Advisor, School of Industrial Design
Kevin Shankwiler

Kevin Shankwiler

Senior Lecturer, School of Industrial Design, and Undergraduate Program Coordinator

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