Integrated Product Design - B.S.

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 Integrated Product Design B.S. 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

Credits
Major Courses
GDES1000Drawing for Design3
GDES1001First Year Design Student Seminar1
GDES1020Design Theory and Practice3
GDES1030Vector-Based Design3
GDES1040Screen Design & Coding I3
GDES1050Image Editing and Design3
IDES1010Introduction to 3D Design3
IDES1030Direct Modeling3
IDES2010Human Factors3
IDES2020Studio - Iteration3
IDES2030Studio - User Centered Design3
IDES2040Materials and Processes3
IDES2050Parametric Modeling3
IDES2060Studio - Form Finding3
or IDES4010 Studio - Computational Design and Informatics
IDES3010System Design3
IDES3020Studio - Systems of Production3
or IDES3040 Studio - Ethical Design
IDES3030Simulation, Analysis and Optimization3
IDES3050Emerging Design Technologies3
IDES4020Studio - Collaboration and Context3
IDES4030Preparation for Capstone Project1
IDES4050Capstone Project3
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 6 credits from the following: G6
Directed Experiential Education D
College of Engineering & Design Internship Ic
Technical Solutions Design Project
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL
Mathematics6
Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)
Discrete Mathematics
Science3
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI
Social Sciences6
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
15 Credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university15
Total Credits123.0

Students not meeting the requirements for experiential learning opportunities may take other course options with department or college chair and dean approval. Additional experiential opportunities may be available within your department. For more information, contact your faculty adviser.

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

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.
¶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.

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 are assessed in 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 four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, 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. Where will you go?