Integrated Product Design - B.S.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The Integrated Product Design bachelor's degree program at JWU trains students to imagine and create the next generation of connected products, high-tech systems and user experiences. Graduates leave prepared to lead as technologists, innovators and designers in a rapidly changing global economy. 

The edges of professional design practice are becoming porous, revealing new challenges and opportunities in the field. A new kind of design thinking is needed to develop the next generation of experiences, interconnected products and interfaces. The B.S. Integrated Product Design degree prepares students to integrate system and experience design with strategic innovation, removing traditional boundaries within design practice.

JWU Integrated Product Design students explore the web of systems and human experiences surrounding and supported by a design proposal. This approach positions graduates to create smart, connected products or integrate design thinking and problem-solving into established businesses and industries, helping them adapt and differentiate themselves in a global economy.

Students begin their studies with an intensive design foundation. In small project-based classes, students work closely with faculty to develop their representation, research and communication skills. With skills in hand, students proceed through a studio sequence of increasingly complex design projects with exposure to real clients and real-world problems. In their final year, students develop a capstone design investigation to explore a specific area of interest and begin the transition from student to design professional. Graduating students enter the world ready to use design as a catalyst for change, transforming and improving people’s lives.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the concepts of universal design to create inspiring, user-focused products and experiences.
  • Model systems to improve system performance through design intervention.
  • Move iteratively and critically from open-ended problems to design proposals.
  • Communicate complex ideas visually, orally and in written form.
  • Propose appropriate materials, technologies, and processes for design proposals.

Integrated Product Design

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
GDES1000Foundation Drawing and Digital Tools4.5
GDES3050Basics of Print Design4.5
IDES1010Introduction to 3D Design4.5
IDES1020Studio - Research and Debate6
IDES1030Direct Modeling4.5
IDES2010Human Factors4.5
IDES2020Studio - Iteration6
IDES2030Studio - User Centered Design6
IDES2040Materials and Processes4.5
IDES2050Parametric Modeling4.5
IDES2060Studio - Form Finding6
IDES3010System Design4.5
IDES3020Studio - Systems of Production6
IDES3030Simulation, Analysis and Optimization4.5
IDES3040Studio - Ethical Design6
IDES3050Emerging Design Technology4.5
IDES4010Studio - Computational Design and Informatics6
IDES4020Studio - Collaboration and Context6
IDES4030Preparation for Capstone Project1.5
IDES4050Capstone Project4.5
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
PRMG2010Introduction to Project Management4.5
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 9 credits from the following *9
Directed Experiential Education **
Technical Solutions Team I
Technical Solutions Team II
College of Engineering & Design Internship ***
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level.
Arts and Humanities9
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL (recommend ART3020).
Fundamentals of Algebra
Discrete Mathematics
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI (recommend SCI1010).
Social Sciences9
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Elective
4.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.4.5
Total Credits181.0

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.