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Bachelor of Science in Product Design Curriculum

Drexel University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Product Design is a full-time, four-year undergraduate program that prepares students for cutting-edge careers in the fields of industrial design, product development, consumer electronics, housewares, toy development, healthcare, and more. With a multidisciplinary design curriculum that combines art, engineering, and technology through the lens of sustainable design, students are encouraged to become creative problem-solvers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Students in the Drexel Product Design major can expect small class sizes and intensive studio-based coursework with a design approach focused on product development and commercialization.

Product Design Course Requirements

Drexel Westphal’s undergraduate Product Design major is a 188-credit degree program, which can be completed in four years, including a six-month professional co-op experience. Students begin taking courses in the Product Design major during their first year of study, while also fulfilling general education requirements in the humanities and foundational coursework in design and the visual arts.

With an individualized approach to experiential learning, Drexel Product Design students gain a well-rounded foundation in product research, development, design, and commercialization, taking required courses in:

Students in the Product Design degree program also take required courses in visual studies, digital media, engineering, and economics, such as:

See here for a sample plan of study for Product Design majors.

Product Design Elective Classes

In addition to required Product Design courses, students in the Drexel BS in Product Design take 33 credits in electives, which they can use to enhance their studies or even pursue a minor. Most minors offered by Drexel University are 24 credits. To see a full list of undergraduate minors, visit the Course Catalog.

The Product Design program leverages the expertise of its industry-leading faculty by offering specialized electives, such as:

  • Waste and Design
  • Design for Soft Goods: Wearables for Healthcare
  • Toy Play and Design
  • Bio-Inspired Design and Sustainability

Experiential Learning and Employment in the Product Design program

The BS Product Design program at the Westphal College is enhanced by Drexel’s cooperative education program (co-op). Product Design majors spend six months during their junior year in a full-time job in the industry, earning invaluable professional experience prior to graduation. Many Product Design students seek co-op employment at major companies or independent design firms in the Philadelphia region, while others find employment in New York, Los Angeles, or even abroad.

Product Design co-op students have worked as designers, studio assistants, production artists, curatorial assistants, and project engineers for such companies as:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Hasbro
  • Adidas
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc. – West Elm
  • Comcast
  • The Haas Brothers

The Co-op experience is a requirement for graduation with BS Product Design degree. The Steinbright Career Development Center and Product Design faculty provide resources and assist in job placement, giving Drexel Product Design majors the advantage of industry experience when seeking employment after graduation.

Through the rigorous, hands-on curriculum and co-op employment, Product Design majors are prepared for dynamic, in-demand creative careers, such as:

  • Industrial Designer
  • Electronics Designer
  • Medical Device Designer
  • Design Researcher
  • Furniture Designer
  • Transportation Designer
  • Environmental Designer
  • User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) Designer

Senior Project in Product Design

Drexel’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Product Design culminates in a capstone project demonstrating control over all aspects of the design process, from research and development to commercialization. Under the supervision of Product Design faculty, Product Design majors present their final projects in a thesis exhibition attended by their peers and industry representatives. Examples of Product Design senior projects include healthcare devices and prosthetics, furniture prototypes, mobile apps, virtual reality designs, and more.

See examples of Product Design student work here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Drexel’s Bachelor of Science in Product Design, contact the Westphal Admissions Team at 215.895.1738 or send an email to westphaladm@drexel.edu.

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