All incoming undergraduate students first complete the Core Design Program, and then apply for admission to the professional Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) program.
Our curriculum emphasizes a strong foundation in product design and then adds complementary influences from business and engineering to create one of the most comprehensive industrial design experiences in the country. Download BID Curriculum Sheet (PDF)
In order to prepare our students to enter a competitive workforce, we provide numerous opportunities to discover and practice the industry's most desirable skills, from digital sculpting and high-tech model making to professional internships and study abroad.
High School Preparation
Beyond meeting the minimum high school requirements for admission to Iowa State University and the College of Design, students who plan to enter the professional Bachelor of Industrial Design degree program are encouraged, but not required, to take courses in art, photography, journalism, computer science or physics that help you develop skills in areas complementary to industrial design.