Industrial Design

School of Industrial + Graphic Design

Industrial Design

Students begin the Industrial Design curriculum as Pre-Industrial Design students. After completing a minimum of twenty-four credit hours in good standing, or with the approval of the department head, they may enroll in the First Year Summer Design Studio. Students are not required to have completed the INDD freshman model curriculum before enrolling in First Year Summer Design Studio. The First Year Studio is only offered in the Summer semester.

 

Success in the First Year Summer Design Program is required to proceed into the professional Industrial Design curriculum.

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Once students successfully complete the Fall and Spring semesters of their freshman year or have accumulated twenty-four credit hours of university core classes at Auburn or elsewhere, they may be admitted to the ten-week long, Industrial Design First Year Summer Design Studio (Summer Op). Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the department head. Completion of this studio sequence is required for admission to the Industrial Design Professional Program. There are no design-based admission requirements for enrollment in the First Year Summer Design Studio.

 

The top forty-five students, based on grade point averages accumulated during the Summer semester, are allowed to proceed into the Fall semester industrial design professional program. There is no prerequisite experience in drawing, design, or model fabrication to qualify for the First Year Summer Design Studio.

 

Students are not asked to accomplish any project during the summer studio sequence that they have not been trained to address.

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The Industrial Design Program maintains the right to select the most highly qualified students for admission to and for continuation in the INDD Professional Program. Typically, forty-five students are selected from the INDD First Year Summer Design Studio. Enrollment is restricted in upper level professional INDD studios (second, third, and fourth year) and based on the student’s INDD GPA.

 

Students who are not admitted into an upper level professional INDD studio may re-take the First Year Summer Design Studio in subsequent years and are re-ranked against the new applicants and available resources in that year level.

After a student is accepted into the First Year Summer Design Studio, they must earn at least a grade of C or higher in studio courses in order to be considered for progression in the program. Grades below C in studio courses 1310 through 4210 must be repeated. Design courses must be taken in sequence unless otherwise approved by the school head. A portfolio and presentation are required for graduation.


The school reserves the right to retain original work accomplished as part of course instruction.

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Professional programs are inherently more expensive to run than non-professional programs. They require more space, more personnel, a lower student-to-teacher ratio, access to a higher level of technology than most disciplines, and incur significant costs associated with achieving and maintaining accreditation from the appropriate specialized, national agencies.


As a result, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction charges a professional fee to partially defray the difference between state funding and tuition, and the actual costs of our professional programs. Within each program, a professional fee charge of $2,160 is tied to enrollment in specific trigger courses. During semesters when students are enrolled in these classes they will be charged a professional fee. These courses are identified in the CADC undergraduate handbook. 


Through the professional fees, the CADC continues to provide our students with rigorous and relevant academic experiences, which contribute to our programs being recognized as among the best in the nation.

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The Auburn University School of Industrial + Graphic Design is committed to providing its faculty, staff and students with outstanding special programs that enable them to succeed with both their educational and career goals.


The Industrial Design Program in well known for its industry collaborations. Over the past twenty years, the INDD has accomplished a number of curriculum-based design education/research projects in collaboration with, and supported by industry and other outside entities. INDD attempts to make these experiences replicate the true relationship between a product design team and a business/industry. Collaborations are generally fourteen-weeks long. All student expenses are covered by the department. 


SIGD offers annual study abroad opportunities open to Industrial and Graphic Design students in the Spring and Summer semesters. Students share studios and workshops at colleges and universities in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, France or in Taiwan and Hong Kong.


SIGD holds annual events to engage the student community. Every Fall semester, industry experts from around the country are invited to speak and participate in class activities during Design Interaction. Designing Green is SIGD’s annual sustainable design competition and is held every Spring semester.

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College of Architecture, Design and Construction Student Organizations:

 

  • CADC Student Council
  • CADC Ambassadors
  • Environmental Design student organization
  • Historic Preservation Guild
  • Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society
  • National Organization of Minority Architects and Designers (NOMAD)
  • CADC Learning Community
  • School of Industrial + Graphic Design
  • Auburn University Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

Visit Auburn University Student Organizations for more information. 

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All applications for admission to undergraduate programs within the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) at Auburn must be completed through the Auburn Undergraduate Admissions office. 

 
Undergraduate Online Application (U.S. Applicants)


Undergraduate Online Application International Students

 

Is a portfolio required for admission into the Pre-Industrial Design programs? 

No. Many high schools do not teach art classes. Our studios provide the design fundamentals needed to be a successful designer. Admissions are primarily based on a students grade point average and SAT or ACT score. If you have questions regarding the admission requirements, please contact the Auburn Undergraduate Admissions Office, or visit the Admissions Office website

 

What classes should I take in high school to best prepare me for a degree in Industrial Design? 

Courses in Math, Science, and English are the best preparatory courses. These classes show dedication to one's learning and are the best preparation for taking the ACT/ SAT exam. Art classes are encouraged, but not required. 

 

Should I take a foreign language in high school? 

If you are a high school student trying to decide on a foreign language, we recommend Spanish or Italian. Many of our study abroad opportunities travel through Italy and several countries in South America. 

 

I have Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or dual-enrollment credit from another institution. How can I find out if the credit will transfer to Auburn? 

You may access the AP and IB information through the Registrars website to determine how this type of credit will transfer to Auburn. 

 

Can I get financial assistance?

Several forms of financial assistance are available to students, including scholarships, grants by federal agencies, as well as low and moderate-interest, federally-insured loans, including subsidized loan programs. 
 
Interested students can obtain detailed and updated information directly from the University Office of Financial Aid.

 

For More Information

For more information about undergraduate admissions and curriculum, please contact Student Services or make an appointment to see an advisor through Deborah Jordan, or call 334.844.5350.

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Information for undergraduate students currently enrolled at other universities or enrolled in other majors at Auburn on applying to the Pre-Industrial Design Program.

 

I am a student currently enrolled at Auburn and I would like to transfer into the Pre-Industrial Design Program. What is the process for acceptance?

We refer to currently enrolled Auburn undergraduate students who want to change their major and transfer into our programs as “internal transfers.” All students must have a 2.8 GPA to transfer. Pick up your change of major form from your current student services office along with your file and make an appointment to see one of our program advisors through Deborah Jordan, or call 334.844.5350.

 

If I am accepted as an internal transfer student in the Pre-Industrial Design program what happens next?

Students enrolled at Auburn who are accepted through the internal transfer process are all required to go through the Summer Foundation Program.

 

I am enrolled at another University or Community College (not a student at Auburn), and I would like to transfer into the Pre-Industrial Design program at Auburn. What do I need to do?

You would be classified as an “external transfer student.” You need to apply for admission through the Auburn Undergraduate Admissions Office.

 

Pre-Industrial Design students admitted through the external transfer process will be required to go through the Summer Foundation Program prior to the fall semester of the academic year in which application has been made.  

 

For More Information

Please refer to the program page for more detailed information about the program.

 

For more information about undergraduate admissions and curriculum, please contact Student Services or email Deborah Jordan to make an appointment to see an advisor, or call at 334.844.5350.

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The Industrial Design curriculum has been designed to meet accreditation standards set by SACS and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) and is structured to provide students with a course of study that ensures growth and development over time. 

 

Degrees and Programs

Graphic Design
Industrial Design

 

Clark Lundell, AIA, IDSA
School Head
E-mail: lunduce@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-2364

 

Randy Bartlett
Interim Industrial Design Program Chair
E-mail: bartlrm@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-2370

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Randy Bartlett

Randy Bartlett

Professor

334-844-2370