The Industrial Design Program at Appalachian State University is comprised of 200 majors and 7 full time faculty. Students can choose from two areas of concentration; Product Design or Furniture Design. Both concentrations focus on design inquiry, creative problem-solving, user research, social and environmental concerns, and manufacturing requirements. Through industry collaborations and studio projects, students are challenged to develop a comprehensive knowledge base allowing them to compete professionally. Student work has been recognized and shown at; Greener Gadgets finalists, Dwell® on Design, Designboom® Mart participants in Copenhagen, High Point Furniture Market, ICFF and won the national Creative Juice Completion sponsored by Google®.

Sophomore Portfolio Requirement

To support the professional orientation of the industrial design major and to assist the student in an appropriate career choice, all industrial design students must participate in the Sophomore Portfolio Review for admittance into the upper-level courses and to complete the industrial design curriculum.

This is a comprehensive evaluation of the student’s performance in order to evaluate their potential to be successful in the program and the profession. In addition to the visual work submitted in the portfolio, faculty will consider in-class experiences with the student regarding such things as: work ethic, attitude, response to criticism, timeliness, peer interaction, professionalism, etc.

Industrial design students will complete the following sequence of courses before the Sophomore Portfolio Review:

  • INT 1001 Visual Literacy I
  • IND 1010 CAD I: Imaging
  • IND 1201 Design Drawing
  • IND 1401 Product Design
  • IND 2010 CAD II: Free Modeling
  • IND 2120 Materials & Processes I
  • IND 2301 Model Making
  • IND 2701 Industrial Design Studio