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Industrial Design, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #72 (ARWU) West Lafayette, IN, United States
The industrial design major is a professional program with intensive course work to prepare students for professional design positions. Purdue is unique in that is combines the professional degree with a liberal arts education. This combination prepares students for strong leadership roles as industrial designers. 
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The four-year degree has an emphasis in form giving for manufactured goods.  Students’ graduate with the ability to be innovative problem solvers and create aesthetically appropriate forms that can be manufactured by industry. This program is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

Special note regarding portfolio review - An art portfolio is not required to begin this major. However, students are required to pass a selective portfolio review in the spring of their sophomore year to advance to upper level design and complete this major. Selection is competitive and is based on the student’s work in Purdue art and design courses and development as a designer. Students not selected for upper level Industrial Design work with their academic advisor to change to their second choice major, usually without adding time to their four-year degree plan.

Careers in Industrial (Consumer Product) Design

  • Merchandiser
  • Research and Development
  • Product Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Toy Inventor
  • Automotive Modeler
  • CAD Drafter

Detailed Programme Facts

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    If you're applying to begin in the spring or summer term, submit application as early as possible prior to the start of the term.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design
  • Basic Drawing
  • History Of Art Since 1400
  • Design Drawing
  • Materials and Processes
  • Design Drawing
  • Presentation Techniques
  • Industrial Design
  • Design Methodology
  • Seminar On Ideas In Industrial Design: Design And Society
  • Professional Techniques

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

For most first-time college students (future freshman) a complete application includes:

  • The application itself
  • Purdue-specific questions from the application
  • Self-reported high school grades
  • Self-reported ACT or SAT test scores
  • The application fee (or qualified fee waiver)

Admitted students who plan to attend Purdue are required to provide official, final transcripts as well as official test scores from the testing agency. Students can report components from different ACT or SAT test dates but will need to provide official scores for all those listed on the application. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30794 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    28794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28794 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9992 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9992 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Lafayette

  • 1096 - 1780 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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