48 months
5742 USD/year
5742 USD/year
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The Industrial Design BSc program from San José State University prepares students for a career in industrial design. 


The Industrial Design BSc program from San José State University provides courses on design theory, technology, business, science, the arts and humanities. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, creative design process management, aesthetic theory, communication skills and awareness of business as well as humanistic dimensions of product development.

Graduates with Industrial Design from San José State University will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a functional knowledge of design aesthetics to create appropriate 2D and 3D artifacts, as well as have the ability to think visually and develop design concepts utilizing rapid 2D and 3D visualization tools and techniques.
  • Articulate a functional understanding of manufactured products, including being able to explain how products work, what constitutes their structural integrity, and what materials and manufacturing processes are required to produce them.
  • Apply their knowledge of end-user psychology, ergonomics, anthropometry, and user interaction to the design of manufactured products.
  • Investigate, analyze, synthesize, and make design decisions based on an ecological understanding of the impact of a design, including the reconciliation of priorities and concerns of end users with those of business, society, and the environment.
  • Employ a design process that generates products that are useful, usable, and desirable to specific segments of the human population, including an understanding of how designers define problems, researching contextual issues, determining design requirements, and conceptualizing and evaluating alternatives to test and refine solutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Materials and Processes 
  • Industrial Design Process 
  • Cont. & Crit. Studies: Industrial Design 
  • Advanced Industrial Design
  • Ergonomics for Design 
  • Visualization 
  • Advanced Digital Workshop 
  • Advanced Physical Prototyping 
  • Advanced Materials, Process & Technology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Earn the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or an average of “B” grades.
    • Successfully complete three years of college preparatory mathematics with a minimum grade of “C-” or better.
    • Submit official test scores from an approved English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS).
    • Submit partial official secondary school (high school) transcripts and final transcripts.
    • Take SAT or ACT (highly recommended).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2871 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    5742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2871 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • Non-CA Resident tuition includes an additional $396 per unit.

Living costs for San Jose

1740 - 3150 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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